Quinoa (pronounced as “Qin Wah”), is a seed originating from South America and is cooked similar to rice. Quinoa has some good nutritional values, compared with rice or wheat, as its protein content can be between 12 – 18% and quinoa also contains a good balance of essential amino acids.
Here’s a table of nutrition comparison between basmati rice and quinoa:
|White Basmati Rice (100g)||White Quinoa (100g)|
|Energy (kj / kcal)||1505 kj / 355 kcal||1582 kj / 374 kcal|
So, it’s nutritionally better than rice but what does quinoa taste like and how can you use it in everyday food? Well, it has no particular taste unlike good quality rice which has distinct taste / fragrance, quinoa doesn’t, but it can be used as an alternative to rice.
Types of quinoa
The most common type of quinoa available is the white coloured variety, however, occasionally some health food stores will also sell red and black quinoa. Some suppliers may combine all three types of quinoa.
The next post will have instruction on how to cook quinoa.