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Quinoa is an annual seed-producing flowering plant (Chenopodium Quinoa) grown as a grain crop. Recently popular worldwide Quinoa has been eaten by South Americans for thousands of years. It is basically a seed. It is gluten-free, high in protein and contains sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fibre, magnesium, vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, B vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.
One cup also contains more than 10 per cent of the RDA of the vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6, and traces of vitamin E, B3, and calcium. It has Omega-3 fatty acid too.
Quinoa varieties:
White varieties of ivory quinoa that are most common, and red and black quinoa varieties are becoming more widely available in the market. these varieties of quinoa have some amounts of phytonutrients which is known as betaxanthins and betacyanins.
Cook tip:
Quinoa has a naturally bitter coating called saponin that acts as an insecticide. Before cook rinse in water then rub it with hands and again rinse it to remove its bitter taste. Cooking water and Quinoa ratio is 2:1. You can make it a lot of yummy recipes with it here are a few examples: As breakfast: Boil handful of Quinoa in a given ratio. Cut bananas, Berries, apples and your any favourite fruits you can add honey or sugar according to your taste and enjoy. As salad: Boil it in water add your favourite salads (fruits or vegetables). Dress it with lemon salt and pepper then enjoy a healthy tasty salad.
Colourful quinoa pulao as lunch or dinner: Cut the onions, garlic, ginger and your favourite vegetables like carrots, peas, beans, paneer etc. Take a pan to add little oil add onion and vegetables add garlic and ginger paste turmeric, garam masala chillies and salt to taste. Add this mixture with boiled Quinoa and garnish it with cilantro and slightly roasted cashew.
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