Making quinoa in the Thermomix is really easy and guaranteed not to turn out soggy. Jazz it up with lemon juice, herbs and spices for a delicious accompaniment to any meal.
Quinoa, (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient South American seed that is high in protein, fibre, antioxidants, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron and B vitamins. It’s nutty, delicate earthy flavour make it a wonderful companion to curries, salads, grilled meats and fish and baking recipes.
With the whole plant based movement going on in recent years, quinoa is an excellent source of protein for anyone following a plant based diet or simply cutting down on meat. It’s also gluten free so good for people with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
To Rinse or Not to Rinse
Quinoa contains a natural coating called saponin which due to it’s bitter taste helps ward off insects and birds when grown in the wild. Rinsing gets rid of the saponin but these days store bought quinoa has already been rigorously rinsed. Therefore I think it’s optional whether to rinse it or not.
How To Make Quinoa Less Bland
I have to confess I am not a natural quinoa lover and enjoy it more with some fresh lemon juice and lots of salt. You could also add some fresh herbs and spices to jazz it up.
How To Store Uncooked Quinoa
Quinoa has a long shelf life and can last up to two to three years if stored in an airtight container in a dark cool pantry.
How To Store Leftover Cooked Quinoa
Allow the cooked quinoa to cool completely and then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To Freeze Cooked Quinoa
To freeze quinoa, let it cool completely and store in an airtight container in the the freezer for up to 5 months.
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How to make quiona in the Thermomix the easy way.
- Insert the simmering basket into the mixing bowl and weigh in the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa under a cold tap. This removes the natural coating called saponin which can make it taste bitter. Store bought quinoa is often pre-rinsed but it doesn’t hurt to give it another go.
- Add the water and insert the basket back into the bowl and cook for 18 mins/varoma/speed 2 with the MC on.
- When the 18 minutes is up, check the quinoa is cooked if not cook for another couple of minutes or so.
- Take out of mixing bowl and fluffy up with a fork before serving.
I find that 50g is enough for one serve. If you would like to cook more Thermomix Quinoa, the instructions stay the same.