Quinoa is the healthy, tasty sub­sti­tute to your daily diet

HT City - - Culinary Fest 2017 -

For the past few years, su­per­foods have been flood­ing the food mar­ket. These foods have been there in the scene for a long time but weren’t recog­nised for their health ben­e­fits. More­over, when opt­ing for these su­per­foods one has to com­pro­mise on the taste to a large ex­tent. But not any­more!

In­dia Gate has launched one such su­per­food, quinoa, for the first time in In­dia, which is not only packed with numer­ous health ben­e­fits but is also de­li­cious. And one can pre­pare a va­ri­ety of dishes with it — quinoa poha, quinoa vada paav, quinoa tikki, quinoa dosa, quinoa upma.

WHY IS QUINOA GOOD FOR YOU?

If you are in­tol­er­ant to grains (gluten sen­si­tiv­ity), this su­per­food can give you dou­ble the protein. It’s bet­ter qual­ity protein sans gluten. High in protein, quinoa con­tains all the nine es­sen­tial amino acids. It’s filled with an­tiox­i­dants. It’s a good source of hearthealthy fats. If you are di­a­betic and the car­bo­hy­drate in­take wor­ries you, then quinoa is a great op­tion for you. This su­per­food helps con­trol ap­petite and aids in weight loss. Since most di­a­betic pa­tients are obese, quinoa can help with their treat­ment as a weight-loss grain. The food has an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory nu­tri­ents in it.

QUINOA IS EASY TO COOK

Pre-Cook­ing: Al­ways rinse quinoa thor­oughly un­til the wa­ter is clear. Soak for 5 min­utes in fresh clean wa­ter and drain be­fore cook­ing. Mea­sure 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups of wa­ter (1:2) For stove cook­ing: Place drained quinoa and wa­ter in a medium size saucepan, and bring to boil. Add salt if de­sired. Re­duce to sim­mer. Cover and cook un­til wa­ter is ab­sorbed (12-15 min­utes). Let sit for 6-8 min­utes and fluff with fork be­fore serv­ing. For mi­crowave cook­ing: Place drained quinoa and wa­ter in a mi­crowave safe bowl. Cook on high mode for 10 min­utes. Cover and al­low to stand and ab­sorb wa­ter for 2-3 min­utes. For added flavour, use your fa­vorite cook­ing stock in place of wa­ter. Quinoa is ready to serve when it turns from white to trans­par­ent and the germ has spi­ralled out of the grain. So en­joy the healthy In­dia Gate quinoa with­out com­pro­mis­ing on taste! For more in­for­ma­tion log on to www.quinoa.life.

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