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Suitable Spices for Quinoa

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Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Suitable Spices for Quinoa

Quinoa has a nutty flavor with a light aroma of fresh herbs. Pure joy for vegetarians, for weight loss and for fasting. In terms of composition, this cereal of the ancient Incas is rich in vitamins, proteins, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. An alternative to rice, bulgur and couscous in soups, salads and side dishes.

How to cook quinoa?

Boil quinoa like rice or buckwheat for 15-20 minutes. For one part quinoa, add two parts water or meat or vegetable broth. Before cooking, it would be good to rinse with cold water. You don't need to add salt: the cereal itself is salty enough. When cooked, mix it well with a fork. The main thing is not to cook it like a porridge. You can also cook quinoa like risotto – first fry it in oil for a few minutes in a pan and then steam it.

What foods should we combine quinoa with?

Among vegetables, quinoa goes well with fried eggplants, peppers, zucchini, onions and leeks, tomatoes, spinach, asparagus, carrots, corn, celery stalks, green peas, fresh cucumbers and radishes. From legumes - chickpeas and beans. Suitable for quinoa are quail meat, chicken and turkey, as well as mushrooms. And seafood - mussels, calamari, shrimp.

What is quinoa seasoned with?

Thyme, basil, rosemary, coriander, parsley, spring onions, garlic, lime, cumin, turmeric, chili are suitable spices for quinoa.

Quinoa with Carrots
Image: Zoritsa

Recipes with Quinoa

Sweet meal options will be good here - quinoa pudding, cereals, quinoa desserts.

Try this quinoa recipe: rinse a cup of quinoa with water, then pour two cups of milk, add as much sugar as you want and cook it. Then cool it and arrange it in layers, by alternating with apple or plum marmalade in tall glasses, cool it well in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours and serve it.

Quinoa with vegetables


1 cup of quinoa

2 cups (500 ml) of water

1 large onion

1 large carrot

1 pepper

2 cloves of garlic or powder

onion, parsley, dill

salt, black pepper

sweet paprika


vegetable oil for frying

Cooking Quinoa

Preparation: Rinse the quinoa grains. Boil water in a pot, add the quinoa and salt. Cook for about 15 minutes and then leave it for another 5 minutes with the lid closed.

While it's cooking, get started with the vegetables.

Finely chop the onion and pepper. Grate the carrots on a coarse grater.

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan, fry the vegetables in it for 5 minutes. Then add the spices for the quinoa dish: in this case, a teaspoon of sweet paprika, a small pinch of nutmeg, salt and black pepper. Press the garlic through a press or sprinkle garlic powder. You can use spices according to your taste.

Cover it again and leave it to simmer for about a minute. Mix the quinoa with vegetables and spices and serve it!

Here's how you can make a delicious quinoa side dish very quickly! Healthy and nutritious!

Try more: quinoa with mushrooms, quinoa with meat, quinoa patties and quinoa salads.