How to Prepare – Quinoa

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Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. It’s light and fluffy in texture but has that whole grain ability to fill people up.

General Guidelines

  • Unlike rice, Quinoa needs very little water to cook. If the water content is more, it becomes all mushy.
  • When cooked, quinoa tends to become double the quantity. So, you know exactly how much to cook if you know what amount you need to consume.
  • The ratio you need to work with is 1 cup Quinoa: 2 cups of water


  • I cup Quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of salt


  • Rinse Quinoa in a fine mesh sieve until water runs clear. Drain it.
  • Put the 1 cup Quinoa and the 2 cups of water in the pressure cooker. Give two full whistles. You may add a pinch of salt to it.
  • Let it stand till the cooker loses steam.
  • We know Quinoa is done when there is no water remaining and the little tell-tale curlicue tail (white in colour) comes out of the quinoa seed.
  • Fluff the Quinoa with a fork, when done. If there is still some water remaining you can strain it.
  • Let it cool to come to a firm texture and consistency.
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