Soaked Quinoa

I love quinoa!  I’ve put up a few quinoa recipes here on the blog, and I like to soak it before I cook it.  For me (and for many others), soaking makes the quinoa much more digestible.  Here is the recipe I use for soaking and cooking! (scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe) 
Add 2 cups of quinoa, 2 cups of warm filtered water, and 2 tablespoons of kombucha to a glass bowl.

quinoa to soak


Cover and place in a warm place for 12-24 hours (I soak it for 24 hours).  You can see the quinoa has expanded…


soaked quinoa


Here is a close up of the quinoa… you can see their little ‘sprouts’ on the ends that have started to unwind…


quinoa sprouts


Rinse the quinoa under water using a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag…


quinoa in mesh strainer


Add rinsed quinoa to a pot with 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt.  Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and cook 12-15 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes, and serve.


cooked quinoa


Season and enjoy, or use in your favorite recipes!


Soaked Quinoa
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 2 cups of warm filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt, whey, kombucha, raw apple cider vinegar, etc. (something cultured and acidic)
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined salt
  1. In a glass bowl, place the quinoa, first two cups of warm filtered water, and 2 tablespoons of the yogurt or other acidic liquid. Cover and place in a warm place for 12-24 hours. (I soak the full 24 hours)
  2. After soaking, rinse the quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag.
  3. Add the rinsed quinoa to a medium-sized pot with the last two cups of water and the salt. Bring to a boil, turn down to low, cover, and cook for about 12-15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Serve.


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