Cooking Quinoa In A Rice Cooker – Having tried this, I can honestly say that this method must be the simplest and most novel way of preparing Quinoa – which has never been the easiest thing to cook on the stove top. Once you’ve done it in your rice cooker, you’ll never go back to stove top again!
I would recommend using a non-stick spray on the bottom of your rice cooker, to prevent it from sticking. It’s not a necessity, but it does make cleaning easier; and who doesn’t want life to be simpler?
How To Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker
Now, rinse your quinoa in a fine metal mesh strainer, under a stream of running water, for three to five minutes or until the water runs clear. The reason we need to rinse it, is that it is naturally covered with a bitter tasting substance, called saponin, which is its natural defence against birds and pests. Failure to adequately rinse this off can lead to gastrointestinal disturbances.
Pre-rinsed Quinoa is available in stores, but it is clearly marked as such, so if your Quinoa doesn’t state that it’s pre-rinsed, it’s better to play it safe and rinse it.
Some folks like to pre-soak their Quinoa, which does help to make it more digestible. Rinse it well first. Once thoroughly rinsed, place it into a bowl and cover the Quinoa with water. Add two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and soak it for twelve hours.
When using a rice cooker to cook red Quinoa, it should always be pre-soaked, as it is quite a bit firmer than its white counterpart.
Once you’re ready to start cooking the Quinoa, place it into your rice cooker, along with the water. The ratio should be two parts water to one part Quinoa. This would also be the right time to add herbs and spices, but be sure that your cooker allows for it, before doing so.
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The cooking process should take between fifteen and twenty-five minutes, depending on the type of rice cooker you have. The times will also vary according to the color or Quinoa you’re cooking.
If your rice cooker has an automatic timer function, this will make the process even simpler for you, as you can literally switch it on and continue about your business. It will turn off once done and you will return to perfectly cooked Quinoa – no mess, no fuss!
Quinoa is healthier than rice as it contains more protein and less carbohydrate. It also has its own unique make-up, with all the amino acids needed for healthy living. Not to mention, it also has a completely unique flavor.
Quinoa cooks to three times its original volume, so you can judge exactly how much raw product you will need, for example, one cup of raw Quinoa will yield three cups of cooked. If you happen to over-cater and have left-overs, remember that cold Quinoa is delicious in salads, and it is very filling.
This whole grain has a reputation of notoriously difficult to cook, but cooking Quinoa in a rice cooker makes it much simpler; taking the guess work out of getting it perfect every time.
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