Mildly Spiced Quinoa for Quinoa Salad

This is great eaten hot or cold. I prefer cold. 🙂 It is very mildly spiced, just so the salad isn’t served on a plain base.
1 tbsp canola1/2 clove8 whole peppercorns2 cloves garlic, smashed1 1/2 cup quinoa3 cups veggie brothScant 1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
1. Heat canola oil in small pot, add cumin seeds, peppercorns, and clove just until they sparkle.2. Add smashed garlic til fragrant.3. Add quinoa and toast for a few seconds in oil with spices.4. Add broth. Bring to boil until quinoa “blooms”. It should look like this:  5. Turn down, cover and let quinoa cook through in steam. The rest of the water will evaporate. The quinoa will become fluffy, pillowey, beautiful. 🙂 It will finish cooking quickly, perhaps 10 mins.Note: Read the directions on how much liquid to use for 1 1/2 cups liquid, make sure the variety you have purchased requires the same amout as the variety I have used.
If you are in a huge rush, you can just serve this with some mango salsa, black olives, grape tomatoes, avocado, papaya, some nuts, if you like, whatever you have on hand, you could also add some grilled zucchini or make a fancy salad, as pictured below.

2 Comments Add yours

    1. theinternationalveggie says:

      Hope you like it! 😃

      Liked by 1 person

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