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Simple Fermented Quinoa

Fermenting quinoa improves the nutritional value by breaking down complex carbs and increasing the availability of protein.

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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.

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups of water (for cooking)
  • 1 cup culture (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa in 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.
  2. Move to a glass container and stir in the probiotic culture.
  3. Leave it out on the counter to ferment for 12-24 hours.
  4. Move to the refrigerator for storage and eat within 1 week.

Notes

  • Though presoaking and rinsing isn’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 savoury dishes.

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