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How to Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa by pressure cooking & stove top is explained in this post with video. Quinoa is a healthy grain - rich in fibre and cooked like rice. Wide varieties of food from Upma to Biryani can be made using Quinoa.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings2 people
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water

For stove top method:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp oil
  • 1 cup water


Pressure cooker method:

  • Rinse quinoa well then drain water and add it to pressure cooker. Add water.
  • Pressure cook for at least 5-6 whistles in medium high flame. Allow the pressure to release by itself.
  • Then open and fluff it up. Spread it on a plate and let it cool down before you use it for other recipes. The small sprout like tail slightly peeps out, which shows that the quinoa is cooked correctly.

Stove top method:

  • Measure and take quinoa in a bowl, rinse it well. Drain.
  • Add 1/2 tsp oil in a sauce pan, add drained quinoa and toast for a minute. Then add 1 cup water and start cooking. Simmer the flame and cook covered for 15-20 mins.
  • You will see a small tail coming out and quinoa should have absorbed all the water. After 20 mins switch off and set aside for 10 mins. Then open and fluff it up.



  • The ratio of quinoa : water is 1 :2 cups for pressure cooker method. I use the same ratio for sauce pan method too if soaked. If you don't do the soaking then you can add 2 and 1/2 cups of water and cook for some more time than the mentioned amount of time.
  • I have not used salt while cooking quinoa and add it while using for recipe.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Quinoa
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 9IU0%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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