A delicious and gluten free superfood that is very popular in Russia is very easy to make! In this post, I will explain how to cook buckwheat porridge (kasha).
Coming from a Russian background, we have buckwheat for breakfast quite often. In Russian we call it Grechnivaya Kasha. This is a superfood that is very good for you and your health, as 1 cup of cooked buckwheat (170 grams) contains only 155 calories, while being a great source of potassium, iron, fibre, protein, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B6. Therefore, my advice to you, and if you haven’t done so yet – you should start incorporating buckwheat in your diet. You can eat it in the morning, at noon, or for dinner. In this post I will explain how to prepare it for breakfast. Trust me, it is very nourishing and energising, which makes it a great way to start your day!
However, if you are looking for an amazing way to incorporate buckwheat in a meal that you can have for lunch or dinner, look no further, and make this delicious Russian Buckwheat Soup.
Why is buckwheat is so good for you?
- It contains no gluten, therefore it’s great for gluten sensitive diets (and it is not a grain).
- It has high quality protein containing all 9 essential amino acids.
- Buckwheat is rich in iron and antioxidants.
- It is filled with many minerals and vitamins like zinc, copper, and niacin.
- It keeps you full for longer.
- Buckwheat’s dietary fibre can reduce blood cholesterol levels.
- It prevents colon cancer.
- It helps reduce blood sugar levels.
- Buckwheat aids liver function.
- It helps with weight loss.
Cooking buckwheat is very easy and not time consuming, and it’s almost just like cooking white rice! It can be eaten savoury with a piece of butter, pickles on the side, vegetables, mushrooms, and meat. Or it can be eaten sweet with milk and sugar, fruits, honey, nuts, seeds, or even better, with condensed milk! An amazing option for having a sweet buckwheat porridge is this delicious Peach Buckwheat Porridge recipe.
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 3 cups water
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
In a sauce pan bring water to boil. Add salt and uncooked buckwheat groats. Cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes (or until water is absorbed). Turn off heat and let it sit for 10 more minutes.
Top with butter (or other toppings of your choice) and serve hot.
Question: What’s your favourite way to eat buckwheat?