Sweet Quinoa pudding recipe - a modern take on life-long rice pudding

My mother has never been very good at preparing sweets, but she did master the art of homemade dessert with a trio of aces that continue to remind me of my childhood: calatrava bread, custard and rice pudding. Homey desserts where there are, typical of so many families, to which I now dare to try new versions such as sweet quinoa with milk. It is a reinvention of the dessert of a lifetime changing the base ingredient for quinoa, and the result has enchanted us.

In each house they follow their own recipe for rice pudding and I would recommend trying each one to try to change the grain for this pseudo-cereal loaded with vegetable proteins. Many similar versions can be found online under the term pudding or as a porridge, and it can be done in a vegan version substituting milk for a vegetable drink. Quinoa, yes, requires a different treatment than rice, but the recipe is very simple and only needs a little pampering in cooking.


For 6 people
  • Quinoa 100 g
  • Water 200 ml
  • Milk 850 ml
  • Lemon 1
  • Butter optional 5 g
  • Sugar 80 g
  • Salt 2 g
  • Cinnamon stick 1
  • Ground cinnamon to taste

How to make sweet quinoa with milk

Difficulty: medium
  • Total time 50 m
  • Elaboration 5m
  • Cooking 45 m
  • Repose 25 m

First of all you have to rinse the quinoa well in a strainer until the water stops running cloudy. Drain and arrange in a pot or saucepan, better if it has a thick bottom. Light the fire and let it dry for a few seconds, add the water, bring to a boil, lower the temperature and cook until the liquid evaporates.

Incorporate the cinnamon stick, the lemon rind without a white part and a pinch of salt. Add about 750 ml of milk, bring to a boil, stir and lower the heat. Begin cooking slowly, stirring continuously from time to time to avoid sticking to the bottom, for at least 45 minutes. Add the sugar after 40 minutes, stirring well.

Watch the liquid level since you can ask for more milk depending on the type we have used, and the texture we like. The quinoa will be cooked after 20 minutes but we want it to reduce the liquid and leave a creamy, mellow texture, which will also thicken once cold. Also adjust the sugar point to taste and add the butter, if desired.

Remove the cinnamon, making sure that there are no bits left off the branch, and the lemon. Distribute in bowls or small casseroles, wait for it to cool and store in the fridge. Serve with ground cinnamon or sugar on top, which can be burned to create a crust.

With what to accompany the quinoa with milk

This recipe for sweet quinoa with milk may shock at first as we will recognize the aromas and flavors of rice pudding of a lifetime, but the texture can be strange. Of course, soon the palate accepts it and it is an equally valid version to enjoy a good homemade dessert, which improves with the cold rest of the fridge.

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