Quinoa, which is a traditional food for the indigenous people of South America, is increasingly present on the tables in our country as well. Many novice cooks are afraid to experiment and serve different quinoa dishes on their table with this unknown to them food. Quinoa can safely be used as a substitute for rice, couscous or grits and it is especially well combined with fresh vegetables. It can even be used to make dietary burgers or pancakes with quinoa.
The reasons why more and more chefs cook with quinoa is that it does not contain gluten, which makes it especially suitable for people with a gluten intolerance. In addition, quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, has a high protein balance and excellent taste, which pleases most people.
Boiling quinoa is not difficult at all and even people who have no experience in the kitchen can handle this culinary task. First of all, the quinoa must be rinsed very well under running water so that all the saponins can be removed. Some chefs even recommend soaking it for 5-10 minutes, but rinsing is enough. Then the quinoa is covered with water in a ratio of 2:1, then it is boiled over low heat for about 15 minutes. During this time, the quinoa will swell and increase by four times its volume. The white grains of the quinoa will become transparent and a small circle will form around each one.