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How to cook perfect quinoa and a review

by Sonia on July 20, 2012

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Hi there!

Today I’m going to share two stories. One for a review and another is simple quinoa recipe.

When Kitchenware Direct contacted for sponsorship I jumped to their offer. Why not? I’m already mad for sleek and beautiful kitchen gadgets since childhood. After become a little serious food blogger, this love has grown even more and will grow with years. And, I’ve had spent hours and hours to looking on their website. Sometimes my hubby tease me to open a kitchen-ware store in future for backup career. :0

When they generously asked me to send something whatever I like from their site, so I chose Scanpan‘s dutch oven. Scanpan originally Danish company and is world’s one of leading kitchenware products, exports in more than 45 countries. I’d been eyeing Scanpan’s all goodies. Till now, I have had only one thing, Scanpan fine grater. And, it’s one of the best things I paid for.

Again, I chose Scanpan’s product, a covered casserole. Finally, it arrived and I’m rubbing it with lots of affection! ;) It is very sturdy, 18/10 stainless steel body with decent strength and have a heavy bottom yet easy to carry. The bottom is 5 mm impact bonded aluminium base for even heat distribution. The handles are very secured and feel like it wont break for lifetime. Thank you Kitchenware Direct for your wonderful gift!

scanpan review It’s perfect for making soup, gravy, or anything pouring goodies. Making a popcorn would be a fun for your kids as it comes with clear glass cover lid. I’m already loving this casserole and will be adding all sizes in my arsenal with time. shhh…

Now quinoa cooking part:

Using this shiny new pan I made some quinoa for the first time. Quinoa was something I wanted to try since ages. After hearing much buzz about quinoa I bought a bag of organic quinoa a long time ago. It is relatively new to me, but quinoa (pronounces keen-wah) has been around for thousands of years. It’s very forgiving grains, native to South America. This grain-like super-food is actually the seeds of a plant. It’s very delicate, nutty flavour, low-fat. It’s rich in protein and gluten free.

quinoa-collage

The cooking method is pretty similar with rice, 1: 2 part. 1 cup quinoa will need about 2 cups of water. You’ll find a perfect ratio after 1 or 2 trials. For me, I found 1 and 3/4 cups water for 1 cup quinoa would be perfect. This ratio may vary as I said here. Before you cook your quinoa, make sure you’ve washed really very well. Rinse with changing water at least 3-4 times because quinoa is notorious for dust and have foreign objects. Get rid them before you cook.

How to cook perfect and fluffy quinoa:
Bring 2 cups of water + 1 cup of quinoa to simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the germ turns opaque and every grain separates like a rice. Once cooked let it covered for few minutes. Fluff with fork and serve in salads or proceed with your recipe.

cooked-quinoa-1

That’s how cooked quinoa looked like. There are tons of recipes floating on internet using quinoa. Go and grab a bag of quinoa. You’ll love it.

Disclaimer: As a courtesy from Kitchenware Direct, they sent me this product (of my choice) for review. The opinion and pictures above are my own.

  • Nice review.. the pan looks very sleek and sophisticated!! Thanks for showing how to cook quinoa.. I’ve wanted to try it for sometime now :)

    • Sonia

      Thanks Devi. Try it now :-)

  • Very nice saucepan..Quinoa is something Iam yet to try , there’s still a packet lying in the pantry, without being opened

    • Sonia

      Thanks Sumi.

  • Love the first photo. I started cooking with quinoa recently. Although I find it little bitter in taste i still don’t mind it. And that pan is awsm. Now I feel like buying it :)

    • Sonia

      Thanks Kankana! :)

  • Vicki

    Hi,
    I have been making a lot of Quinoa lately and have a tip. Once you have washed the quinoa place it in a pan without water and brown it a bit. It adds a nutty flavor to the grain and tastes great.

    • Sonia

      Thank you Vicki for your tip. I didn’t know abt it :-)

  • Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my
    twitter group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

  • Hello would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely
    different browsers and I must say this blog
    loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting
    provider at a fair price? Thank you, I appreciate it!

    • Sonia

      Hi, there are many web hosting services available like BlueHost, HostGator, Fat Cow and many more. Check out on Google. They provide an awesome service with excellent customer service. My web-host is HostGator.

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