How to Make Quinoa
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Before cooking, quinoa must be rinsed to remove the toxic (but naturally occurring) bitter coating, called saponin. Saponin, when removed from quinoa, produces a soapy solution in water.
Quinoa is rinsed before it is packaged and sold, but it is best to rinse again at home before use. Place quinoa in a grain strainer and rinse thoroughly with water.
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water seasonings to taste
Using a fine mesh strainer, rinse quinoa with cool water until the water runs clear. Combine quinoa and water in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook covered for 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed.
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes covered; fluff with a fork.
Season as you like.
* For a delicious toasted flavor, dry roast for 5 minutes in saucepan before adding liquid.