About this recipe: Quinoa is a super-healthy grain, native to South America. It has a wonderful taste and texture that is perfect for pilaffs, so it is well worth trying.
*To turn this side dish into a main course meal for four, add some shredded leftover chicken breast or strips of roast pork tenderloin. Other dried fruits and nuts could be tossed in. *Quinoa can be found in health food stores and larger supermarkets. Brown rice makes a good alternative, but it takes 30–35 minutes to cook. Add more boiling water, as needed.
I have tried this recipe a couple of times now, each time it has not worked and I could not understand why. I was using it for 2 people so divided the ingredient by 3. The quinoa did not look anything like the picture. I have since done some research as we had not had quinoa before so did not know how to cook it. I have now realised that there was not enough water. I have just made some quinoa in a pan for 2 people. 60g of quinoa with 200ml of water, not 160ml as you suggest. I also soaked the quinoa first in cold water as it removed the bitter taste. After cooking it for 15 minutes on a low simmer with a lid on, I then rinsed it with boiling water and let it cool and drain. The difference was unbelievable. Light fluffy quinoa. I will freeze it and use it next time and just add it with some onion, garlic, mushrooms, the walnuts and cherries. I think next time will be a lot better. I don't think the quinoa was cooked enough before. We had it with grilled lamb. - 12 May 2016