Tips for making quinoa

   In health food stores, you can buy quinoa in grains and quinoa flour. Since quinoa flour contains a small amount of gluten, it must be mixed with wheat flour when preparing the dough. Quinoa grains are coated with a coating called saponin. Bitter in taste, saponin protects the growing cereal from birds and insects. Typically, manufacturers will remove this skin, but it’s still best to rinse the quinoa thoroughly under running water to make sure it tastes sweet, not bitter or soapy. Quinoa has another feature: during cooking, tiny opaque spirals form around the grain, when you see them, do not worry – this is how it should be. Quinoa Basic Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 1 tablespoon butter, sunflower or ghee salt and ground pepper to taste Recipe: 1) Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under running water. Boil water in a small saucepan, add ¼ teaspoon salt and quinoa. 2) Reduce the heat, cover the pot with a lid and simmer until the water boils away (12-15 minutes). Turn off the stove and leave for 5 minutes. 3) Mix quinoa with oil, pepper and serve. Serve quinoa as a side dish. Quinoa, like rice, goes well with vegetable stews. Quinoa is an amazing filling for bell peppers and leafy vegetables. Quinoa flour can be used to make bread, muffins, and pancakes. Curry Quinoa with Peas and Cashews Ingredients (for 4 portions): 1 cup thoroughly washed quinoa 2 zucchini, diced 1 cup carrot juice 1 cup green peas ¼ cup thinly sliced ​​shallots 1 onion: ¼ part finely chopped, ¾ part coarsely chopped ½ cup roasted and coarsely chopped cashews 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons curry powder Salt and ground pepper Recipe: 1) Heat a little oil in a small saucepan and lightly fry the onion over medium heat (about 3 minutes). 2) Add quinoa, ½ teaspoon curry, ¼ teaspoon salt and cook for about 2 minutes. Then pour 2 cups boiling water and reduce heat. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. 3) Meanwhile, heat the remaining amount of oil in a wide frying pan. Add onion, zucchini and remaining 1½ teaspoons curry. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. 4) Then add ½ cup water, carrot juice and ½ teaspoon salt, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes. Add peas and shallots and cook for 2 more minutes. 5) Mix vegetables with quinoa and nuts and serve. Carrot juice gives this dish a beautiful color and interesting taste. Source: Translation: Lakshmi

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