Quinoa is a South American grain crop, which has become very popular throughout the world. The seeds of quinoa grains are small, 0.08" (2 mm) in diameter, and are very healthy.
Quinoa contains more than 20 amino acids, zinc, calcium, vitamins of B group, phosphorus and iron. The grains of quinoa can be either light or dark. Quinoa is cooked in boiling water for about 15 minutes.
Care must be taken with the addition of salt in the water as the grains of quinoa have a slightly salty taste because of the high mineral content.
Before it is cooked, quinoa should be washed. Cook it over low heat to allow the quinoa to absorb the water. Then add the butter and cover with a lid. Keep the lid closed tight and shake the dish slightly.
If you want your quinoa to have a more mild flavor, soak the grains for three hours before you boil them. If you want a richer taste, fry them in a dry pan before you boil them.
It can also be served simply with the addition of a little more melted butter. Combined with your favorite spices, quinoa is a very nice and healthy addition to the table. The way the grains burst during chewing makes them fun for small children.