1) Soak quinoa in a bowl for about 15 minutes. Wash it thoroughly using a fine mesh sieve under cold running water until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
2) Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan (preferably nonstick) over a moderate heat. Add cumin seeds and as they start to sputter immediately add remaining ingredients except green peas. If you like simply omit this step and cook quinoa as if you are cooking rice or couscous.
3) Cover with a tight-fitting l