Learn how to cook buckwheat groats without it turning mushy. Buckwheat has a nutty flavor with a soft texture. You can incorporate it into your breakfast, lunch, or baking.
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Have you ever cooked buckwheat and wondered what you did wrong because it became mushy?
I am here to rescue you from those kitchen frustrations! I love buckwheat, and it's the first thing I turned to when I started on a gluten-free diet.
Buckwheat integrated well in my cuisine, it doesn't have that pronounced flavor, so it can go well with a lot of vegetables. It's great for baking as well and for making pancakes like these perfect buckwheat pancakes made with apple sauce
What is buckwheat
- When you hear or read about buckwheat, you'd tend to think it's related to wheat. But buckwheat and wheat are not all related.
- While wheat is a grain, buckwheat is a seed of a plant related to the rhubarb family.
- Buckwheat is among the first domesticated crop and thought to have originated from South Asia. It's now mostly consumed in Europe and Russia.
- Buckwheat groats are light brown with some greenish color when freshly removed from their hull.
- Since they contain fat, buckwheat groats can go rancid if stored for a long time.
- There are two types of buckwheat groats that you'll find in groceries. Raw groats and kasha which is actually toasted buckwheat.
Is buckwheat gluten-free
- Let not the name confuse you, buckwheat has no gluten as it is with wheat. It's a super seed you can use to replace gluten in your baking.
- Perfect alternative for those who are having gluten sensitivities, gut health issues, inflammation, etc...
Buckwheat is a superfood with high nutritional value that has shown to provide various health benefits
- It's high in manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber
- It has essential amino acids and is low in Glycemic Index
- Studies have linked the consumption of buckwheat to the reduced risks of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- In another study comparing buckwheat and wheat bread, buckwheat groats lowered blood glucose in the blood, thus making it suitable for diabetes.
- Buckwheat is anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and helps in neuroprotection.
Cooking with buckwheat
- It's easy and simple to cook buckwheat.
- Buckwheat groats are served as an alternative to rice, wheat grain, quinoa, etc...
- Buckwheat is milled to make flour, but with your blender, you can blend groats and make pancakes like these gluten-free buckwheat groats pancakes
- You can enjoy it as porridge for breakfast or have these caramelized buckwheat groats
- Don't hesitate to add buckwheat to your salads
There two ways to cook buckwheat groats. They both take roughly 20 mins.
- You can soak groats for at least 1 hour, rinse and cook. This method will yield a very soft buckwheat. When you soak buckwheat, it becomes gelatinous. This is a good way to make buckwheat porridge.
- The other option (the one I am showing you here) is to get raw groats. Toast them and simmer them in some water. This will give you crunchy buckwheat groats that you'll enjoy chewing.
- When cooking the second option, I prefer not cleaning the groats, but rather toasting them for more flavor.
- In this method, you are going to add some spices. I tell you, you'll love eating buckwheat.
- Before toasting, I like to sieve the groats to discard the fine particles and the dust.
- Make sure to use boiling water. Be very careful when adding water into the toasting buckwheat, the saucepan is hot so pour water little by little!
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For the cooking steps, please see the recipe card.
How to store cooked buckwheat
- You can opt to cook a lot of buckwheat for your weekly meal pre. Buckwheat will store well in your fridge for up to a week. Make sure to conserve it in an air-tight container.
- You can also freeze cooked buckwheat. Just remove it to thaw an hour before meal.
- To use stored buckwheat, just warm in in a low heat, you can some little amount of water.
Now that you have learned how to cook buckwheat groats perfectly, I am looking forward to reading what you are serving it with, be free and creative, you'll love eating buckwheat.
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How to cook buckwheat groats perfectly
- 2 cups raw buckwheat groats
- 1 tsp all spice or cinnamon or ginger or cumin
- pinch of salt
- 3 cups boiling water
- 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive/coconut oil
- Heat your pan and pour dry buckwheat groats
- Toast at moderate-high heat and keep on stirring to avoid burning the groats
- You'll smell and see the toasting, add spices and salt. stir well
- Lower completely the heat and wait for a minute
- Gently, pour a little amount of water at a time stirring till the bubbling reduces
- Increase the heat till boiling takes place.
- Cover the groats and leave them to simmer till all the water is absorbed
- You'll hear a kind of rainy noise when the water is absorbed completely
- Cut off the heat, add oil and gently stir the groats to mix with oil
- Cover and wait to cool. You can serve your buckwheat hot or cold
- Cooked buckwheat will store well in a closed container in your fridge for up to a week.
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