While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain (Similar to regular white rice, brown rice and other grains such as wheat and barley), it is actually a pseudo cereal, but can be prepared like whole grain such as rice or barley.
Qunioa, pronounced 'KEEN-wah' or 'KEE-nuh-wah', is a great gluten-free alternative to energy giving grains. Qunioa is a wonderful Superfood that originates from the Andean region, with its history going back to over 5000 year. Grown in South America (Peru, Chile and Bolivia), qunioa formed the staple diet of the Incas and their descendants.
In recent years, foodies in the UK and the US have heralded it as a superior alternative to bulgur wheat, couscous and rice.
How to Cook Quinoa
Quinoa is very easy to cook! You can prepare quinoa much like the way you would prepare rice.
Cover it with water or vegetable broth and simmer it over medium heat until soft, about 15 minutes, giving it a couple quick stirs. Or place 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water in your rice cooker.
How is Quinoa used in recipes
Quinoa a pseudo cereal; it is a seed that is similar looking to millet but can extend itself beautifully into most cereal based recipes.
Cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and creamy, yet maintain a slight crunch. It has a delicate and subtly nutty flavour, versatile for breakfast (as a cereal), lunch (as a salad) or dinner (as a side).
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Use quinoa in just about any recipe calling for rice or other whole grain such as rice salads, couscous recipes or pilaffs. You can keep some cooked quinoa on hand to toss into salads.
- Add a handful of quinoa to your favourite soup recipe while it's simmering to give it a bit of protein or try it plain with a saucy vegetable stir-fry.
- You can also swap white rice for quinoa alongside any kind of vegetable stir-fry.
- Sprinkle cooked quinoa on salads.
- One of the most popular ways to prepare quinoa is to add some veggies and a dressing to make an easy quinoa salad.
- A new way to make quinoa is just like you would make a fried rice dish - quinoa fried “rice”
- Quinoa also makes a great hot breakfast cereal, similar to oatmeal. Swap out your usual oatmeal for some quinoa which cook just as quickly.
The UNFAO named 2013 'International Quinoa Year' in recognition of the crop’s high nutrient content.
With more than twice the protein content of rice, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre.
Quinoa is among the least allergenic of all the grains, making it a fantastic wheat-free choice. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole food and is very healthy for snacking.
Most of the carbohydrate in Quinoa is made of starch. Quinoa is low in its Glycemic Load. Much unlike rice it does not spike the blood sugar levels after being consumed. Quinoa is thus a boon for those who are trying to manage their blood sugar levels.
Quinoa is rich in an amino acid called Tryptophan that plays a key role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is integral for our wellness. Quinoa is also gluten free, thus making it easier to digest.
Finally, of all the whole grains, quinoa has the highest protein content, so it’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa provide all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
How much do you need ?
Grains such as rice or wheat in our daily meal can be replaced with Quinoa.
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The agrotechnology has been developed to grow the quinoa seeds even in marginal soils of India, thus helping empower farmers. CFTRI has also rendered processing protocols for post-harvest management. The processes followed ensure reduced Saponins and thus reduced bitterness that occurs in Quinoa seeds,
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