Cook perfect quinoa every time in 20 minutes.
Soak quinoa overnight (optional). Before cooking rinse pre-soaked quinoa or dry quinoa quite well under running water.
Over medium heat add the rinsed quinoa to a heavy-bottom pot and roast for about two minutes. Add water and cook uncovered till all the liquid is absorbed. Quinoa, when cooked is soft and chewy. Cover the pot for five minutes and then fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork. Enjoy in your favorite dishes.
If quinoa is not pre-soaked and rinsed, it is essential to wash quinoa well under running water to remove antinutritents--saponins (see Demystifying Quinoa for more information.) If not washed off, saponins can cause stomach ache.
*if you are not going to add cooked quinoa to something sweet, using homemade vegetable broth lends a mild flavor to the otherwise slightly blend flavor of quinoa.
**I often don't add salt as I also use quinoa in making desserts and morning porridge. But if I pre-decide that quinoa is going to be exclusively used in savory recipes, I add 1/4 tsp salt per cup of dry quinoa.
Note: 1 cup quinoa yields about 3 (packed) cups of cooked quinoa and has 4 servings.