Do you know what buckwheat is? Buckwheat is a highly nutritious whole grain that many people consider to be a superfood. It’s very popular in eastern Europe and Asia.
Despite the name, buckwheat has nothing in common with wheat. It is a type of seed called a pseudocereal. Buckwheat is the seed of a flowering fruit that is related to rhubarb and sorrel.
You can find buckwheat in several forms at grocery stores. Buckwheat groats are pant’s hulled seeds. Buckwheat kasha is roasted groats. finely milled seeds. It’s a versatile substitute for wheat flour.
Buckwheat noodles are also available. As you see, you have a chance to choose what you prefer.
I have other good news to share with you. As buckwheat is not wheat, it’s totally gluten-free! It’s safe for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.
Nevertheless, be careful, buckwheat products may have gluten contamination.
Today we want to present you a fast and easy way to cook buckwheat. All you need is a cup of roasted buckwheat groats, water, butter, salt, and 20 minutes of your time.
You may use this recipe to prepare a perfect healthy side dish or a base for your further recipes.
What is the best way to eat buckwheat?
I like boiled roasted groats with mushroom gravy. It makes a great combo! You also may prepare buckwheat risotto, tabbouleh, dolma, or pancakes.
You can also add boiled buckwheat to salads, or combine buckwheat with some minced meat and cook meatballs.
What can you do with buckwheat?
Buckwheat can be used in the same way as rice. You can also find buckwheat as noodles, flakes, and flour. Buckwheat flour is used for making bread, pancakes, and baked goods.
Boiled buckwheat groats are good in salads, and could be used as sides or mains.
What are the benefits of eating buckwheat?
Buckwheat is a great source of vegetarian protein and energy. It’s low in fat and high in fiber, which supports your digestive system and improves blood sugar level.
Also, buckwheat contains B vitamins, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Consumption of buckwheat may support your energy levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
What does buckwheat taste like?
Buckwheat has a deep and intense flavor. It’s a bit chewy, earthy, and bitter. Buckwheat tastes a bit stronger than wheat and has a nutty flavor.
HOW TO MAKE Buckwheat Kasha
- Make sure the buckwheat doesn’t contain any unrefined grains. Place a desired amount of buckwheat into colander or strainer and rinse with cold water a few times. Drain well.
- Transfer buckwheat to a medium saucepan. It’s better to cook buckwheat in a heavy bottom saucepan, cast iron pot or dutch oven. Add cold water, butter, and salt to the pan. You need to add 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp of butter and 1/2 tsp of salt for each cup of buckwheat.
- Bring buckwheat to a boil. Set the heat to low, cover your pot with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes. If there’s no water in your pot, but the buckwheat is not cooked yet – add some more water and continue to cook. If your buckwheat is cooked already, but there’s still some water in the pot – just drain the excess water.
When cooked, take off from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes with the lid on. Divide the buckwheat between serving bowls and top with an additional tablespoon of butter if desired. Enjoy.
Preparation Tips :
– Do not stir your buckwheat while cooking.
– You can also cook the buckwheat in a slow cooker, instant pot, or rice cooker. Set it on the rice setting and cook in the same way you cook rice.
- 1 cup toasted buckwheat
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Rinse buckwheat and drain wel
- Combine buckwheat, water, butter and salt in a medium sauce-pan.
- Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and simmer on low for 20 minute
- When cooked, transfer to a bowl, add additional tablespoon of butter if desired and serve.
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