Learn how to cook buckwheat grouts, an ancient grain that has been eaten for centuries in Europe. Despite it's name buckwheat is not related to wheat and actually is not even a grain, but a seed! Because of this, buckwheat is perfect for anyone eating a gluten-free diet! Learn how to cook buckwheat in just a few simple steps, it is just as easy to cook as white rice.
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What makes these buckwheat grouts the best!
Buckwheat grouts are quick and easy to make and have a subtle enough flavor that they can be eaten as a breakfast cereal or a side dish.
What is buckwheat?
Buckwheat grouts are actually not a true grain but a seed from a flowering plant and are not at all related to wheat. These seeds are consumed the same way as grains which is why they are considered a “pseudocereal."
For years buckwheat has been a dietary staple in eastern European cuisine and has been considered an ancient grain. Buckwheat porridge is a very popular dish that has been served for centuries in eastern Europe.
Because buckwheat is a seed and not actually a grain it is gluten-free! They make all different varieties of food from buckwheat because it is a great alternative for anyone with celiac disease. Buckwheat flour can be used to make buckwheat pancakes, buckwheat noodles or soba noodles and many other buckwheat recipes.
buckwheat- raw buckwheat groats are sold in packages at most grocery stores in either the cereal or baking isle. You may also look for buckwheat kasha which is already toasted.
olive oil- substitute any oil you prefer like coconut oil or avocado oil. You can substitute unsalted butter or even vegan butter.
What does it taste like?
Buckwheat has an earthy flavor with a little bitter background. Toasting it will bring out a nutty flavor.
Buckwheat has many amazing health benefits. It is a great source of potassium and also has all 9 essential amino acids.
- source of vegetarian protein
- gluten-free seed
There are many different methods for cooking buckwheat but the easiest way is in a large deep sided skillet. First start by adding a cup of raw grouts to a dry skillet. Toast over medium heat stirring occasionally. This will only take a couple of minutes. You will begin to smell the nutty aroma.
Once grouts are toasted add 2 cups water, olive oil and salt. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Set the cooking timer for 10 minutes.
After 10-12 minutes remove the lid and stir. The water should be mostly absorbed and the grouts will be tender.
Remember overcooking will result in mushy buckwheat!
- Some people prefer to rinse there buckwheat before cooking. After consulting Bob's Red Mill it says that it is not required.
- For a firmer texture to the grouts add ¼ cup less water.
- Cook for 10 minutes and then check the grouts to see if they are an al dente texture. If needed add a few extra minutes.
How to serve buckwheat
There are many different ways to serve cooked buckwheat grouts. Make a buckwheat salad, eat as a hot cereal or a side dish like rice.
How to store raw buckwheat
It is best to store the grouts in a cool dry place. Keep bag of buckwheat sealed in an airtight container in the pantry. A great way to keep them fresher longer is to store in the refrigerator or freezer.
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How to Cook Buckwheat Grouts
- 1 cup buckwheat grouts
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- First toast the buckwheat in the same pan you will be cooking in. Keep heat to medium and stir for a couple minutes. You will begin to smell the buckwheat toasting. It has a nutty almost popcorn like smell.
- Next add the water, olive oil, and salt.
- Cover pan and cook for 10-12 minutes.
- After 10 minutes remove lid, stir and water should be absorbed. If needed cook for an extra minute or until water is absorbed.