Quinoa is known as “the mother of all the grains” as it is nutritious and rich in many minerals and plant compounds with high fiber & proteins in comparison to many other whole-grains and can be a strong health addition to your diet.This is often marketed as a “Super Food“.
Quinoa is prepared and consumed like a cereal grain, it’s categorized as a pseudo-cereal, as it doesn’t grow on grass like wheat, oats, and rice.
To describe its texture, Quinoa has a crunchy texture with a nutty flavor. It’s also gluten-free and can thus be enjoyed by people who are sensitive to gluten or wheat.
It is one of the few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, to highlight containing all nine essential amino acids – these are the amino acids that our bodies cannot produce and, therefore, need to be consumed regularly.
Quinoa has high fibre content compared with other grains which helps to reduce the risk of a number of health problems like constipation, heart disease (by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol),hemorrhoids, blood sugar and triglycerides.
Quinoa is suitable for people who are intolerant or allergic to gluten, such as those with Celiac disease. Using Quinoa in a gluten-free diet, instead of other common gluten-free cereals dramatically increases the nutrient and antioxidant value of your diet.
How to Add Quinoa in your daily Life:-
It’s usually boiled and added to salads, used to thicken soups, or eaten as a side dish or breakfast porridge. The seeds can also be sprouted, grounded, and used as flour or popped like popcorn. The Quinoa flour commonly used to blend with wheat flour to make Chapatti, quinoa desserts, quinoa biscuits, quinoa pancakes, quinoa Dosa, quinoa cakes, quinoa bread, quinoa muffins and many more. Quinoa is also an excellent food for babies.
Place one cup of the raw dried quinoa seed into a fine strainer, and run it under water while swishing it around with your hand. Rinse it thoroughly.
Place it in a saucepan with two cups of water (or low sodium vegetable or chicken broth) to every one cup of quinoa. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the grain has absorbed all of the water, about 20 minutes or longer. The finished product should be fluffy and light.