Instant Pot Quinoa is one of the best ways to cook quinoa to a perfect texture. The process is easy, quick and hand free. Here is how to make quinoa in Instant pot.
With our busy schedules and hectic days, one thing that is getting very popular when it comes to cooking is Instant Pot.
I can say that my life has become a little easier, since I have invested in an Instant Pot.
It helps me to cook anything in lesser time and also makes cooking easy by making it hand free.
I don’t have to stand and see if my food is cooked or not. I just have to add the ingredients in the pot, set the time and leave it.
And after trying many recipes, I tried my hands on making Instant Pot Quinoa too.
Quinoa is high in protein and therefore I include it in my everyday meals. But It takes me about 30 minutes to cook it in a pan and I have to constantly see that it is not overcooked or undercooked.
With the Instant Pot, it comes out perfectly, just like I like, separate and fluffy.
Quinoa goes well with almost all the Indian and Continental curries, so if you have an Instant Pot at home, do give this recipe a try.
Here are some more Instant Pot recipes, that I prepared recently – Instant Pot Chicken Stew, Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup, Instant Pot Black Beans, Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats, Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, Instant Pot Chicken Breast and Instant Pot Applesauce.
What is Instant Pot Quinoa?
It is a simple Vegan recipe where Quinoa is cooked along with water and salt, until fluffy.
To cook in an instant pot, high pressure for 1 minute and then let the pressure release naturally.
If you are using 1 cup of Quinoa, then use 1 and 1/2 cups of water to make this basic recipe. This is a great substitute for Rice.
Quinoa provides you more nutrition as compared to Rice.
A cup of quinoa will provide you more fibre and protein, thus making it a healthier choice.
As it is high in Protein, it also keeps you filling for a longer time. It is also packed with Iron and Potassium.
You can cook quinoa in a heavy bottomed pan or pressure cooker too, but making it an instant pot is way more easier and less time consuming.
How to rinse Quinoa?
To rinse the quinoa, keep it under running cold water in a fine mesh strainer for around 2 minutes.
It is important to rinse the quinoa well to remove the natural coating on quinoa, which if not washed properly can make it bitter.
If you want to roast your quinoa, wait for it to dry completely, otherwise it won’t roast well.
Health benefits of Quinoa
- There are many health benefits of Quinoa, making it a great option to include in your everyday meals. It is very easy to cook just like Steamed Rice, but is a much more healthier option.
- It is Gluten Free, making it apt to serve along with your curries, if you are following a gluten free diet.
- It is high in protein, which keeps you filled for a longer time when eaten for your meals.
- Quinoa is also one of the plant foods that contain an adequate amount of all nine essential amino acids.
- It is also rich in fiber, magnesium, vitamin B, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and various other beneficial antioxidants.
Recipes Using Cooked Quinoa
Well, there is always a basic Quinoa that you can serve along with your choice of Continental and Indian curries.
But if you are looking for a meal itself, here are some recipes that you can try in your kitchen,
Make Quinoa Pulav or Quinoa Khichdi, adding a lot of vegetables and everyday spices. It is a great way tinkled those greens and vegetables in your meals.
It also makes for a great salad ingredient. Add them in your Summer or Vegetable Salads for that extra nutrition and taste.
One of the most popular salads that you can make using Quinoa is Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.
You can also make Continental Mixed Rice using Quinoa such as Mexican Rice, Quinoa Fried Rice.
You can use Quinoa in Gratin, Tacos, Summer Rolls, Vegetable Soups, Cutlets, Open Toasts, etc.
These recipes also make a great side dish for your Brunch. Well, you can experiment more and let me know if you get any interesting ideas to use this super healthy Quinoa.
What to serve with Quinoa?
Quinoa tastes great with almost everything and just acts as a substitute to rice. You can serve it with Dals, Curries, Stir Fries or even add it in your Buddha Bowls.
Step by Step Recipe
Rinse the quinoa well under running water.
Add it in the instant pot.
Add water and salt and close the lid of the pot.
Set the valve to sealing.
Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 1 minutes.
Once the timer goes, let the steam release on it’s own for 10 minutes. Open the lid the pot and fluff the quinoa using a fork.
Instant Pot Quinoa Recipe
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 and 1/2 cup Water
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Rinse the quinoa well under running water.
- Add it in the instant pot.
- Add water and salt and close the lid of the pot.
- Set the valve to sealing.
- Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 1 minutes.
- Once the timer goes, let the steam release on it’s own for 10 minutes.
- Open the lid the pot and fluff the quinoa using a fork.