Kasha (or porridge) is one of the most common meals of East European and Russian
cuisines. So, what is kasha? Opposite to misconception that kasha is made only
from buckwheat (buckwheat kasha) - kasha historically is a meal prepared using
any grain (buckwheat, oats, wheat, millet, barley, rice, etc) as a main
Also, when talking about kasha, it is difficult not to mention whole grain foods
story which becomes more and more popular around a world. Kasha, if
prepared using whole grains, can be a great addition to a
long range of delicious whole grain foods and excellent way to enjoy health
benefits of whole grains. But not any meal using grains is kasha.
Kasha as Russian food has a very long history..
In Russia for hundreds of years it was considered the most common, second in
importance to only bread, meal. Even now kasha is one of the basic elements of
Russian food. It
can be sweet or savory, served at breakfast, as a side dish or even as a meal
in itself. Kasha can be plain or cooked with other ingredients.
It is difficult to imagine any simpler and easier cooked meal that in the same
time has so many varieties and flavors.
Usually, kasha is very easy to cook. Dozens
of easy kasha recipes exist, including
quick recipes for kids,
vegetarian, vegan recipes,
whole grain foods and recipes, and even
raw food diet recipes. All in all, kasha is great for children and adults -
many grains used to cook kasha contain dietary fiber, the wide range of
vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It can be a part of any healthy
diet. Kasha prepared from
whole grains is especially nutritionally reach . Some recipes may be
included in the list of heart-healthy and weigh loss choices. Also, some
research suggests that several grains may lower risk of Type 2 diabetes , lower
high cholesterol, and contribute to improvement of some allergies and skin
conditions. Some kasha recipes can be an an excellent addition to non
Also, kasha is probably the easiest meal where
you can experiment by creating your own recipes. Cooking kasha is never
boring - you can try hundreds of new flavors and varieties of kasha by changing
cooking techniques and by adding different ingredients. Just follow these
simple kasha coking tips we have on this website. You can prepare low-fat
and low-calorie meals, as well as delicious
vegetarian and vegan meals. With hundreds ingredients to choose from,
your family, including your kids, will never get bored even eating kasha every
And of cause, don't forget about another popular Russian food:
Russian borsch (borscht) or shchi
You can even make cooking kasha to be a part of family fun by inviting your
children to participate in choosing and mixing kasha ingredients.
Start by by reading
"Where to Start" section of this
website to learn about kasha cooking techniques and ingredients. Then select one
of many kasha cooking recipes we have
traditional Russian recipes. Try
it and we are sure that you will want to come back for more. Please,
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Whole Grains Fact: In
whole grains the bran is the hard outer shell that provides a rich source of
fiber, trace minerals, phytochemicals and B vitamins. This is why food prepared
according whole grain recipes is longer to cook.
See more about
whole grain facts and recipes.
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