Quinoa is a popular grain among health-conscious people. And consuming it in the form of rice is both nutritious and delicious. As you know, quinoa is unlike regular jasmine or white rice that you usually cook in a rice cooker. And this raises a question, can you cook quinoa in your electric rice cooker?
Let me ease your confusion here.
Yes, a rice cooker can be used for quinoa.
But it is important to keep certain parameters in mind while cooking quinoa in a rice cooker. Let us dig a little deep to find out why.
Can a rice cooker be used for quinoa?
Quinoa just like any other rice variety is safe to add to an electric rice cooker.
However, quinoa takes longer to cook than rice due to its slightly thick texture.
Also, you need to add double water per single cup of quinoa. Therefore, the ratio of water to quinoa in a rice cooker should be 1:2.
It means you’ll need 2 cups of water per 1 cup of uncooked quinoa. The end result will be fluffy, tasteful, homemade grain that you can enjoy with curry or vegetables.
Thankfully, many electric rice cooker brands feature the ‘Quinoa’ setting. This prevents overcooking of grain which is common while cooking it over a stovetop.
How to Make Quinoa in a Rice Cooker
Here’s the basic recipe to make quinoa in a rice cooker.
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp oil
- Salt(as per taste)
- A large steel stainer
- The first step is to transfer the quinoa into the large stainless steel strainer and wash the grains under running water. Use your fingers to rinse the grain properly. This will remove saponin coating from grains which will make it more delicious.
- Brush the bottom of the cooking pot with oil. This will prevent quinoa from sticking to the base of the rice cooker.
- Then add the washed quinoa to the rice cooker followed by 2 cups of water.
- Add salt as per your taste. Use your rice paddle to stir the ingredients properly before closing the lid of your electric rice cooker.
- Now set the cooking time or press the ‘quinoa’ button(if provided) on your rice cooker.
- It will not take too long to cook 1 cup of quinoa in a rice cooker. 15-18 minutes are enough.
- The electric cooker will turn off automatically indicating quinoa is cooked. Wait for a few minutes before opening the lid as it might get too hot sometimes.
- Again, grab your rice paddle and fluff quinoa for a great dining experience at home.
The ratio of water to quinoa in a rice cooker
No matter whether you’re cooking quinoa or white jasmine rice, maintaining a correct water level will cook the grains perfectly. And as I’ve mentioned before, quinoa requires more water to cook. Below are some popular measurements to make fluffy quinoa in less time.
For 1 Cup: For 1 cup of uncooked quinoa you’ll need 2 cups of water. This will make enough grain to serve 3 adults.
For 2 Cup: For 2 cups of uncooked quinoa you will have to add 4 cups of water. This quantity will be enough to feed 7-8 people.
For 4 Cup: You’ll need to add 8 cups of water to cook 4 cups of quinoa. Thus, you’ll get a cooker full of grain, enough to feed everyone in your small house party.
How long does quinoa take to cook in a rice cooker?
It takes around 30 minutes to cook quinoa in a rice cooker.
However, the cooking time may increase or decrease according to your rice cooker brand. But most electric rice cookers with a special ‘quinoa’ setting take nearly 25-30 minutes to cook.
The cooking time of quinoa increases if you’re making more than 1 cup.
After 25-30 minutes, the cooker will automatically shut down or shift to keep warm mode.
This will not cook grain any further but instead, keep it at a perfect serving temperature. Thus, you can enjoy warm quinoa with other sides without overcooking or burning.
It is no doubt that quinoa is one of the healthiest grains on the market today. It holds high protein and fiber content that makes the grain a superfood for both, weight lifters and weight watchers.
Also, good quality quinoa tastes nutty, which is another reason why people keep it stocked in their pantry.
Cooking quinoa in a rice cooker is no big deal. You’ll make eatable grain even if you’re using a rice cooker for the first time. And then it is all about practice and the right measurements to make fluffy quinoa every time.