Russian Kasha

Russian FeastKasha is one of the oldest Eastern European foods. For more than a thousand years, Russians, as well as other Eastern Europeans, have enjoyed kasha, or buckwheat groats, in a variety of ways.

Originally conceived as a food for ceremonial events such as weddings and celebratory feasts, kasha came to be a staple of the Russian diet.

Long before Americans began to incorporate whole grains into their diets, the Russians habitually enjoyed a plate of kasha as part of their meal.

Although there are many ways to enjoy kasha, I cannot promise you that your children will fall in love with it unless it is slowly introduced and – probably – heavily camouflaged by things they do like.

You can try this recipe from that sounds intriguing, or modify the recipe I created below.

Kasha with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and SpinachKasha with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, and Spinach

4 cloves garlic, minced

8 cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 c. spinach

1 c. white button mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Prepare the kasha according to the directions on the box. In a sauce pot, add olive oil and turn heat to medium high. Add garlic, onion, and mushrooms. Saute until softened, about 4 minutes at medium high heat. Add tomatoes and cook for about 3 more minutes. Finally, add spinach, stir and cover. Remove from heat. After 3 more minutes, stir and add more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over the kasha. Adjust seasonings, if necessary.


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3 responses to “Russian Kasha

  1. This sounds really interesting, I never had tried it before.

    • Kathryn Coulibaly

      I bought it on impulse at my grocery store. It looked very interesting to me. If you make it for your family, let me know what you think. I find it strangely sweet. I think with the right pairing/preparation, it would be really good. It’s certainly a healthy food!

  2. fran long

    Bonjour! j’aimerais bien avoir la recette des croquettes géantes sur la table,
    ainsi que la recette des étages de crêpes, ca a l’air tellement bon!

    Dobre dien! I would like to have how do the giant rounds on your table, with de pancakes, it’s look very good! Thanks very much!
    Da svidania! Je suis allée en Russie en 1976!
    mon pays, est le Québec au Canada! I was in Russia in 1976 for about one month! Very nice peoples!

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