Cooking Quinoa in Pressure cooker

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2016 sounds really exciting to me. I think I have more vision and clear thinking for my blog this year. I will be introducing the pressure cooker recipes which are quick and time + energy efficient. I will be working more on some home & kitchen base home remedies and applications for general well being. Also “wish” to work on some disease fighting or disease healthy recipes. And my usual stuff and yes more baking and basic stuff!! Promise, will keep them as enchanting as my Diabetes Friendly Recipes.

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Health Benefits – Quinoa is a power house for sure! It is the most nutrient dense carb available. 1 cup has 6 gms of protein and it is gluten free. It has 2.5 gms of fiber in every cup, making it really good for diet. It has bone strengthening and cancer fighting properties as well. It also helps in recovering from a tiring work out and soothing the sore muscles. A whole grain/ seed which is primarily protein!

Many a times, these grains take a long time to cook. Not anymore! Get that new or old pressure cooker out. Even if you have an  electric one, yes..that should work too! Come on get it out, put it on the counter and get it kicking! It saves on time and energy bill both and still gives a flavor and taste of a dish that cooked for long. Soon will be dradting a post on Use and Care of Pressure cooker!

This is how to make Quinoa in Pressure Cooker!

Quinoa cooked in Pressure Cooker

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Kitchen Equipments Required

A bowl to wash and soak the quinoa, pressure cooker, measuring cups.


Quinoa, white – 1 cup

Water – 1&1/2 cups


  1. Take the bowl and add 1 cup of dry quinoa to it. Wash the quinoa till water runs clear. Soak in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the quinoa. Add it to the pressure cooker and add 1&1/2 cups of water to it.
  3. Tighten the lid and put the weight/whistle on it.
  4. Put it on the high flame and cook till 1 whistle. Switch off the flame and take the pressure cooker off the gas stove and set aside. Let the steam/ pressure escape from it on its own.
  5. Once the pressure escapes, remove the weight and open the lid. Let stand for 2 minutes. Fork through and serve.


  1. If you don’t have the time to soak the quinoa, then pressure cook it with 1&3/4 cup of water for 1&1/2 whistle.
  2. You may add the condiments and herbs and spices of your choice along with oil or butter to make it more flavorful.
  3. Make it in bulk. Once at room temperature, you can freeze in single portion batches future use.
  4. You may use it to substitute rice, use in salads and stir fries or even patties.

Pressure cooking in my Indian American Kitchen and sharing with you all!



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  1. Hello, I just tried your method of cooking quinoa. How much longer do we have to wait until opening the lid? Is there a minimum time? I’m afraid if I check too early I’ll let some steam escape and ruin the cooking process.

    1. Hey Carlos – are you using gas top pressure cooker or instant pot?
      In either case, don’t release the pressure manually. Let the pressure releases naturally and then open the lid. Let sit for 8-10 minutes and then fork gently.

      1. Hello,
        Thanks for replying! I’m using gas stovetop.
        I let it sit for more than 30 minutes and it got a little bit mushy. Next time I’ll make sure it doesn’t sit for more than 10 minutes.
        Thanks again for sharing!

  2. So fluffy and delicious looking. Never tried it in a pressure cooker. I shall give it a try the next time I make some quinoa. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don’t own a pressure cooker, I will buy one and try this. Maybe the new ones are safe and there is not danger of them exploding. Thats my only fear. Has it ever happened to me, nope but then I have never used a pressure cooker. I should get over my silly fear.

  4. Thanks for providing a short-cut method of preparing quinoa, Sonal! I’ll be using your method… none of my cookbooks for the pressure cooker have directions for quinoa. Thank you for providing!

  5. I look forward to what you’re going to bring us, especially more pressure cooker recipes. I’ve never thought of cooking quinoa in mine, great idea. The only issue is that my little pressure cooker doesn’t whistle? You have to apply guess work!

        1. Then how do you operate it?
          Do you want to do a pressure cooker post together?
          I take care of my kind and you take care of your kind. Create a post on use and care of our kinds of pressure cooker and then link each other’s??