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Basic Quinoa Recipe-8211

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
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Unadorned but appealing. I love the tiny stars it makes.

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water, preferably spring or filtered
  • ½ teaspoon salt


1. Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse thoroughly several times, swishing the grains with your hand. Drain well.

2. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan and drop in the washed, drained quinoa. Stir once and let the water return to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the individual grains have turned translucent, bordered by the white germ, making tiny little stars if you look closely.

3. Turn off the heat and let stand for a few minutes. Fluff and serve.




Unlike millet, which positively requires pantoasting to be at its best, quinoa’s flavor is plenty good as is. Still, it does gain an extra dimension when pan-toasted. Alter washing and draining, place it in a dry cast-iron or nonstick skillet and toast, stirring frequently, over medium heat, until it is slightly more golden in color, more aromatic, and making a popping, cracking sound (about 3 minutes). Then proceed as for basic quinoa.

© 2002 Crescent Dragonwagon

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

156kcal (8%)
24mg (2%)
0mg (0%)
0mcg RAE (0%)
0mg (0%)
296mg (12%)
0g (2%)
3g (4%)
2mg (11%)

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