Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kasha (Buckwheat)

Recorded January 26, 2012. Buckwheat is also known as kasha. It's a gluten-free grain-like product, with an appealing nutty flavor, and is complete in essential amino acids.
1 c roasted buckwheat, medium granulation (Wollf's™)
1 large egg
1/2 t salt
2 c water
1 T beef base
1/4 c low-fat margarine
Beat the egg in a small bowl. Mix in the buckwheat and salt until thoroughly combined. Add to a 10-inch (25 cm) non-stick skillet over medium heat. Toast until grain is dry and separate, breaking up any clumps as it cooks. Heat the water, beef base, and margarine in a microwave oven or on a stovetop until almost boiling, mixing well to combine. Add to the kasha. Stir, lower the heat to fast simmer, and cover tightly. Steam for 15 minutes. Fluff when finished. Serve with meats, such as steaks or roasts. Variation: mix with an equal volume of cooked pasta bow ties and top with gravy as kasha varnishkas.