BUCKWHEAT PORRIDGE OR KASHA
Gluten free recipe
What are Kashas?
Kashas are a traditional food from Russia and Caucasus regions. This grain is common in the diet of these countries to the point of being part, as in the case of this recipe, of the breakfast of these peoples.
There are many variations of recipes of buckwheat porridge. It can be prepared with whole grains and very boiled, or with buckwheat flour. In some regions, it is prepared with milk, while others boil and mix it with butter or yogurt (common in Caucasian regions), or simply add sugar at the end of the preparation.
It’s a recipe the Western or the inhabitants of warm and Mediterranean areas are not used to, but in Eastern and Northern Europe, it is a delicacy for breakfast or snack. Similar to the known rice pudding, the texture is thick, with very warm flavor and aroma thanks to the touch of cinnamon and cooked cereal.
You can also prepare salted Kashas (porridge).
This recipe is an excellent breakfast and it is gluten free!
– 1 cup of buckwheat crumpled *
* In traditional porridge dishes, grain is ground to advance from grains into large pieces. It can be prepared with whole grains, but will be less thick.
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 2 tablespoons brown sugar
– 1 and ½ cup milk
– Lemon zest
– Orange zest
– A stick of cinnamon
– 2 cloves, cardamon 2 berries,… (Spice to taste).
– Wash 3 times buckwheat grain in water to dislodge any dust that may contain. Smash it to break some grains.
– Toast the buckwheat grains with the butter and sugar. Stir thoroughly to coat all the grains well.
– Add the milk and lemon zest, orange, spices and cook over medium heat. This grain has a very mild flavor, and only with this recipe smell and gives sweetness and heat. Ideal for winter.
– Remove very carefully. Firing takes about 20-30 minutes. Porridges are characterized by long cooking.
– Remove the cinnamon stick and serve in individual bowls.
– Serve hot as breakfast or snack. It may also be allowed to cool and store in refrigerator. It is eaten as breakfast or dessert similar to rice pudding.
Despite the thick texture and dull color, it is a traditional DELICIOUS recipe, sweet and warm, perfect for cold winter cure. The long cooking makes it an easy to digest food, so it is a recipe suitable for convalescent children, youth and adults, listless or tired.
In short, a delicious recipe that gives us sweetness and satiety. The fiber content and grain starches prevent us to be hungry between meals, so we do not have to crave for food.
It is also a suitable recipe for coeliacs.
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