Start by measuring one cup of quinoa. I use organic.
Put your quinoa into a fine mesh sieve
Rinse under cold water
Then soak your quinoa for about 30 minutes
In the mean time, gather the rest of your ingredients
Peel your garlic and shallot
And chop finely
This is the secret - a rice cooker. I find it makes my quinoa so much fluffier than using a pot. (If you are using a pot though, the recipe and method are exactly the same)
Add your olive oil, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper to the rice cooker
Turn it onto "cook"
Rinse your quinoa one more time, and change the water
Almost there ...
After about 6 or 7 minutes, add your stock cube to the rice cooker
Then add your 2 cups of water and give it a good stir to dissolve the cube
Drain your quinoa
And add it. Put the lid on and let the rice cooker do its job! (If you are using a pot, once the water boils, reduce the heat down to low and simmer until the water absorbs, about 20min)
Fluff with a fork and enjoy!