Friday, May 30, 2014

Spanish Quinoa

Quinoa has come a long way in the last few years. From health stores to the mainstream, its high protein content and delicate texture have made it a popular substitute for starchier pasta and rice. Several of us like to make a big pot of quinoa on the weekends and eat it throughout the week with curry, grilled vegetables, or braised meat. It's one of the most delicious, fast-cooking lunch staples (not to mention healthy). Here's how to cook great quinoa — not mushy, not bitter — but delicate and perfectly fluffy.

Cooking quinoa is same as cooking rice,but before that quinoa needs to be washed thoroughly in water.I take quinoa in a bowl and add water and rub it and clean and then filter it through a fine strainer.Do this for 6 to 7 times until the water is clear.Then add it to a pan and add double the quantity of water.Then switch on heat and let it come to boil ,then cover and lower the heat to lowest setting and let it cook for 20 min. 
If you have rice cooker use according to your manual and like how you cook rice.
Then open and fluff if with a fork and let it stay open and get cooled.Serve after 15 min


Cooked Quinoa - 1 cup
Black Beans Cooked - 1 cup / I used 1 can of black beans
Coconut Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Onion - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1 cup
Cumin Pd - 1 heap of tsp
Salt -1/2 to 1 tbsp
Chilly Pd / Cayane Pd - 1 tsp
Lemon - 1 

For garnishing:

Red Onions  - 1/4 cup chopped
Tomato - 1/4 cup chopped
Coriander LEaf - 1/4 cup chopped

For topping :

Cheese - 3  tbsp
Avocado - 1/2 sliced


Take a pan add oil,then add onions and saute them well.Then add tomato and saute them well,add spices and cook til lteh raw smell is gone ,then add canned black beans add water if needed.Then add cooked quinoa and let it come to boil,then cover and put in lowest heat setting and let it sit for at least 20 min for all the flavours to infuse.Finally squeeze a lemon juice and give a fluff before serving.

While serving top it with a tbsp of garnishing ingredients.
This can be eaten as is or you can fill it in a taco and top it with a slice of avocado and a tbsp of cheese

This is not the final photo...This needs to be covered and cooked in low flame till all water is gone and its fluffy.
Forget to take photo.

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