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Nov 25, 2009 09:03 AM

How can I fluff up my already cooked, slightly soupy quinoa?

My little cooking assistant added a little too much liquid, and I now have kind of soupy (rather than fluffy) quinoa. I wouldn't care so much (it tastes pretty good), except that at the cooking liquid for this recipe was apple cider, and the brown, soupy quinoa looks a little scary. This is to be topped w/ roasted squash, dried cranberries and toasted nuts tomorrow. Any tips appreciated!

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  1. Can you drain it in a colander, then stir it over a low/med flame until it dries out? That works with potatoes prior to mashing. Your dish sounds wonderful.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Claudette

      While I'm not sure it's going to give you a "fluffy" quinoa, I agree with Claudette; seems like the only way you'll get the surplus moisture out of the mix. But I'd opt for the spreading it on a cookie sheet in the oven rather than a low/medium flame on the stove top after an extended stay (with a few tossing cycles) in the colander.

      1. re: todao

        Thanks, you guys are great!
        Here is the recipe btw--I tweaked it because I'm not serving the quinoa in the squash. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

      2. re: Claudette

        Drain off the excess liquid; spread the quinoa on cookie sheet and dry it out in a low temperature oven.