Reader Larry recently mentioned Natasha’s Kitchen, and it is a valuable resource. So, this morning seemed like a good time to look over her latest offerings. Front and centre was her take on “kasha” (Каша). Kasha is a Jewish term that translates as “porridge.” Often it is called гречка (grechka).
First, we need to discover what kasha is, and what it is not. Natasha says, “Buckwheat is a superfood that you may not know about. It’s definitely under-appreciated and under-utilized in the US, but everyone should know how healthy and scrumptious it is! I love it more than rice or quinoa. It’s also completely gluten free! It’s name is a little deceiving because it’s called buckwheat but there is no relation to wheat – none whatsoever!”
You can access step-by-step cooking instructions at this link.
Kasha is traditionally eaten not only for breakfast, but it a staple at every holiday.
There are other ways to prepare kasha, in addition to serving it as a hot cereal. Some use it to make pancakes, or even to bake bread. An old Russian-Jewish recipe combines kasha with onions and pasta: