Basic fluffy quinoa

A Savoury-dish recipe, by Gina Lioti.

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Fluffy quinoa
2 servings
30 mins wait

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This is the basic recipe; you can use it with a homemade tomato sauce, or you can enrich it with more ingredients to make it more interesting and eat it by itself or with any cooked meat or fish. If you want to make the basic recipe you only use the two basic ingredients, quinoa and sea salt. If you want a more complex taste, add any combination of the rest from the rest of the ingredients or even all of them.


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  1. Rinse one cup of quinoa under cold running water, very, very well, using a fine mesh strainer. While leaving it in the strainer, fill a deep dish with water and leave it to soak for half an hour. Drain and rinse again.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, transfer the quinoa in a saucepan, add two cups of water and bring to a boil (to cook quinoa, you use a 2:1 ratio). If you only use sea salt, add it now and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.
  3. If you want to use more ingredients, as soon as the water boils, again, reduce to a simmer, add a teaspoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of butter, salt and a pinch or so of the rest of the ingredients and stir occasionally for the next 15 minutes.
  4. The water should be absorbed by now. Just transfer it to a bowl or plate and using a fork, fluff it a little.

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