Black Tuesday: Kasha As a Side Dish

I'm almost 100% sure that Kasha (Buckwheat Kasha) is not on your usual menu. Too bad. Why?
Here are 3 reasons why you should become friends with Kasha:

Buckwheat Kasha
1. Because kasha is a very healthy food. Buckwheat is wheat-free and gluten free, rich in protein, high in fiber with none of the cholesterol or fat.

2. Because kasha is a very tasty food (when properly cooked). In Medieval Russia, kasha was considered to be a festive meal, often cooked for weddings and royal feasts.

3. Because kasha is a very easy-to-cook food.
See for yourself!

Kasha (Buckwheat Groats Recipe) - from Russian Cuisine

This is the basic recipe, you might want to enrich it with onions, garlic, mushrooms and herbs.


1 cup buckwheat groats (kasha)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or butter
Salt and pepper

Tip: Wash buckwheat grains before cooking and sort out the bad grains.


Heat buckwheat in a nonstick skillet over low heat stirring constantly for about 1-2 minutes or until golden. Pour over boiling water, add salt and oil/butter. Cover and cook, without stirring, for about 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork; remove from heat and let stand for 3 minutes before serving. Kasha usually served with cold baked milk or butter but you can also serve it with nonfat white cheese.

Read Also:

More About Kasha History and Health Benefits
Black Tuesday: Black Beans Soup Recipe
Black Tuesday: Black Bread Sandwich Ideas

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Blogger Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have never heard about Kasha before. I have a friend who needs gluten free foods and I will make sure she knows about it too.

August 4, 2009 at 6:23 AM  

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