Fermented quinoa is rich and tangy. It is also a gluten-free grain that’s packed full of protein and fiber.
The best way to make fermented quinoa is to mix cooked quinoa with a lactic bacterial culture. This allows the probiotic culture to break down the complex starches to improve digestibility and nutrient availability. It also provides a good dose of probiotics!
As a fermentation enthusiast, I’ve tried fermenting most everything. And fermenting quinoa prior to cooking wasn’t that successful. The grain is easy to sprout but didn’t soften enough to ferment.
However, quinoa flour does make a pretty good gluten-free sourdough starter!
What can you do with Fermented Quinoa?
Fermented quinoa is moister than ordinary cooked quinoa. The added lactic culture isn’t fully absorbed by the already cooked grains. However, it’s perfect for any dish that would work well with extra creamy quinoa.
Here are some suggestions:
- Hot Cereal: Gently warm soaked quinoa and serve it for breakfast. The probiotic culture will still be alive as long as you don’t go above 40C (104F).
- Cold Cereal: Serve it like overnight oats, with cold milk and fruit.
- Quinoa Pudding: Make a creamy quinoa pudding. It’s delicious in all sorts of different flavors: chocolate, vanilla, date caramel, or fruit-sweetened banana.
- Salads: Use only 1/2 cup of culture when making probiotic quinoa for a salad or it will be too soupy. And I recommend using tart cultures like kombucha or apple cider vinegar, which can replace the vinegar in the salad dressing.
- Buddha Bowl: Cultured quinoa is also a delicious base for a buddha bowl.
Simple Fermented Quinoa
Fermented quinoa is rich, tangy and delicious. It’s a great way to increase the nutritional value and get a dose of probiotics at the same time! See section above for five different serving suggestions.
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Gluten Free
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups of water (for cooking)
- 1 cup culture (see notes)
- Place the quinoa in 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.
- Move to a glass container and allow to cool to room temperature (about 3 to 4 hours). When it is cool to touch, stir in the probiotic culture.
- Leave the quinoa out on the counter to ferment for 12-24 hours.
- Move to the refrigerator for storage, and eat within 1 week.
- Though presoaking and rinsing aren’t always necessary, some quinoa is particularly bitter from the saponins that coat the grains. So I always presoak quinoa to improve digestibility.
- Feel free to use any culture you have on hand. I particularly like lactic cultures for cereals and puddings (vegan or dairy). But I recommend kombucha or cultured cider vinegar for savory dishes.
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