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Quinoa in a rice cooker?

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Rippin200 May 12, 2010 09:29 AM

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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    howchow May 12, 2010 04:40 PM

    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.

    1. pitu May 12, 2010 01:10 PM

      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
        MVNYC May 12, 2010 07:35 PM

        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. 2m8ohed May 12, 2010 10:48 AM

        Here's a thread that may be useful.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3294...
        It comes out great in a rice cooker, 1 part quinoa, 2 parts broth or water (very nice with chicken broth).

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          foodslut May 12, 2010 10:41 AM

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

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            modthyrth May 13, 2010 09:27 AM

            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.

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