1: 1. Rice Method: Simmer 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups water until absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fluff with fork for light, fluffy texture.

2: 2. Pilaf Method: Sauté quinoa in oil for 2 mins. Add 1 ¾ cups liquid, bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, and cook for 15-20 mins for a tender, nutty texture.

3: 3. Rinse Thoroughly: Wash quinoa under cold water to remove natural coating called saponin. This guarantees optimal texture and flavor.

4: 4. Use the Right Ratio: Maintain ideal texture by cooking quinoa in the ratio of 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups liquid.

5: 5. Don't Overcook: Keep an eye on quinoa while cooking to prevent mushiness. Cook just until all liquid has been absorbed for perfect texture.

6: 6. Fluff with a Fork: Gently separate cooked quinoa grains with a fork to maintain the perfect light and airy texture.

7: 7. Experiment with Broth: Replace water with vegetable or chicken broth for enhanced flavor and a richer texture in your quinoa dishes.

8: 8. Toast for Extra Nuttiness: Before cooking, lightly toast quinoa in a dry skillet for a few minutes to enhance its nutty flavor and texture.

9: 9. Let it Rest: After cooking, allow quinoa to sit for 5 minutes, covered, off the heat. This helps it achieve a consistent, fluffy texture throughout.

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