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How to Cook Perfect Quinoa

Many students are often mystified by how to cook quinoa, so to dispel any confusion for them and anyone else who wants to make perfect quinoa here's our foolproof recipe.

Quinoa can be eaten in the style of a tabouleh, try adding fresh chopped tomatoes, cucumber and extra chopped parsley and mint. For a Pilaf add spices, lemon zest and coriander. Monica served hers with mango, lime, avocado, blueberry and fresh basil.

Do you have any favourite uses or recipes for quinoa? We'd love to hear about them!

How to Cook Perfect Quinoa

Dietary: Vegan, wheat free | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 100g Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 225ml boiling water or vegetable stock

Method:

  1. Heat the rapeseed oil in a pan and add the quinoa, stir, coating the grain in oil and fry for a minute until the grains smell nutty. Add to the quinoa the water or stock.
  2. Simmer on a low heat, covered for 15 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa grain has burst.
  3. Turn the heat off, keeping the lid on, leave the quinoa to sit in the remaining steam, for 10 minutes to finish cooking. Then fluff up the quinoa with a fork.

Image credit: Rob Wicks

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