How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker

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How to cook quinoa in a rice cooker
Prepare quinoa quickly in a rice cooker. (Quinoa image by bbroianigo from

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed that is high in protein. Cooked quinoa has a light, fluffy texture and a slightly nutty flavour. You can use healthy quinoa as an alternative to rice in many types of dishes. Quinoa is a versatile food, in that it can be enjoyed for breakfast, similar to oatmeal, in a salad for lunch, or on the side of meat or fish for dinner. When you prepare quinoa in a rice cooker, it will be ready to serve in a matter of minutes.

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Things you need

  • Quinoa
  • Measuring cup
  • Rice cooker
  • Seasonings (optional)

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  1. 1

    Rinse the dry quinoa in water until the liquid runs clear.

  2. 2

    Add two cups of water and one cup of quinoa to the rice cooker. Double the measurements to make more servings; the ratio is always two parts water to one part quinoa.

  3. 3

    Add any desired seasonings, such as salt, pepper, cinnamon or dried herbs, to the water and quinoa and stir it in well.

  4. 4

    Put the lid on the rice cooker and turn the appliance on. Cook the quinoa for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is soft and fluffy.

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