Basic Quinoa

    20 minutes

    Buttery Quinoa with pumpkin seeds.

    Victoria, Australia
    1 person made this

    Makes: 2 

    • 1 Tablespoon butter (salted)
    • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
    • 1 cup quinoa grains
    • 3 cups warm water
    • 2 teaspoons chicken stock powder

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Melt the butter in the pot.
    2. Add the quinoa grains and the nuts/seeds - stir until starts to turn golden brown
    3. Add about 3 cups of water from the kettle (add warm water)
    4. Add the chicken stock powder - this gives it flavour, you might want to add parsley or herbs at this steps too.
    5. Let simmer slowly for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
    6. All the water should absorb, if the grains are still dry add more water. You know they are cooked when they form little "tails". Taste them, they shouldn't be crunchy. Add more stock if the flavour is still bland.


    You can add onions at the start if you like, or spinach or fried mushrooms at the end. This makes a great accompaniment to curries and other mains. It can also be eaten on its own as a snack for lunch, perhaps with a boiled egg.

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    This was my first taste of quinoa and I'm impressed! Having said that, I think it needed more chicken stock powder (perhaps because I'm using a vegetarian one with no onion or garlic), more butter and salt. Possibly more pine nuts too, or at least pre-toasted ones. I made it in my rice cooker and it came out perfect. I will definitely be making this again with those minor alterations. Oh, and as a side dish, it makes plenty more than 2 serves!  -  30 Dec 2013