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Easy, Tasty Kasha (Buckwheat) Side Dish


Updated March 26, 2008

Easy, Tasty Kasha (Buckwheat) Side Dish
Photo © Nancy Lapid
Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is naturally gluten-free. Buckwheat groats are the hulled, crushed kernels of buckwheat seeds. In English-speaking countries, kasha generally refers to roasted buckwheat groats. (In Eastern Europe, beware: Kasha can mean any porridge.)

This recipe will work with coarse-, medium-, or fine-grind kasha, but my family and I prefer it with medium-grind.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked kasha (roasted buckwheat groats)
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)


1. Pour the kasha into a medium-sized bowl. Add the beaten egg and stir until the kasha is coated.

2. If your broth has no or very little salt (sodium) in it, mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the kasha. If your broth does have sodium in it, you can skip this step and go to step 3.

3. Pour the egg-coated kasha into a nonstick frying pan and heat for about 2 minutes or until the kasha is slightly toasted and dry, stirring frequently.

4. Pour the broth into the frying pan and cover the pan. Cook on a low-medium flame until the liquid is absorbed (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

5. Fluff kasha with a fork or spoon, and serve.

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