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May 12, 2010 09:29 AM

Quinoa in a rice cooker?

Is it possible to cook quinoa in a rice cooker. For some reason everytime I cook it on the stove top it comes out mushy not light and fluffy. I'm looking to make a large amount so I can make cold salads during the week out of it?

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  1. I do it all the time--I use the same proportions as for rice and it works well.

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    1. re: foodslut

      I make it in a rice cooker all the time, too. Several times a week. it's always fluffy and perfect, and it's incredibly convenient since I use the same grain-to-water ratio as rice.

    2. Here's a thread that may be useful.
      It comes out great in a rice cooker, 1 part quinoa, 2 parts broth or water (very nice with chicken broth).

      1. I think most people overcook quinoa into porridge and feed their friends mushy quinoa salads. I'd bet a rice cooker would do that too.
        (No offense intended to people who like it that way - OP is looking for the light and fluffy version)

        I use 2:1 == 2 cups of water for 1 cup quinoa. Put it together in heavy bottom sauce pan, bring to a boil, TURN IT OFF and PUT ON THE LID. Leave it alone for 20-30 minutes. It absorbs the water more gently, and fluffs up with a fork. Then add whatever you're doing to make it a grain salad, which for me is scallions, baked tofu, roasted veg, fresh tomato, arugula, parsley, mint, etc. dressed with soy sauce, olive oil and lemon.

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        1. re: pitu

          I actually find it cooks better without the lid and with the same proportions. The quinoa ends up less mushy and clumped together this way.

        2. I tried it once and never again - I have a small 3 cup cooker and the lid was about to burst and the quinoa was coming out the vent - This never has happened with rice - not sure what happened but I won't cook it in my rice cooker ever again.