QURANIC FOODS – is it a grain? no it’s a seed called Buckwheat

Grains are mention in the Quran is Surat Al Baqara, but buckwheat is not actually a grain but a nutritious seed that you can use like a grain and it gluten free! Alhamdulilah.

BUCKWHEAT

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), also known as common buckwheatJapanese buckwheat and silverhull buckwheat but its not actually wheat, its not  a grass or even a grain, its a seed!

Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrelknotweed, and rhubarb. Because its seeds are eaten and rich in complex carbohydrates, it is referred to as a pseudocereal

Buckwheat is usually found as raw “buckwheat grouts” 

backwheat raw hulled roasted poster small

HOORAY ITS GLUTEN FREE!!!

Despite its name, buckwheat actually doesn’t contain any wheat or the protein gluten. Buckwheat is a member of the polygonaceae family of plants and completely unrelated to grains that do contain gluten, like wheat, barley or rye.

It provides a high source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – all with relatively few calories and practically no fat.

CALORIES

A cup of buckwheat or kasha has 155 calories

A cup of oats has 399 calories

A cup of cornmeal has 581 calories

A cup of brown rice has 248 calories

A cup of tapioca has 130 calories ,low nutrition dense

A cup of whole meal couscous has 176 calories. low nutrition dense

A major benefit of buckwheat compared to other grains is that it has a unique amino acid composition that give it special biological activities. These include cholesterol-lowering effects, anti-hypertension effects and improving digestion by reliving constipation.

Buckwheat Nutrition Facts

One cup of cooked buckwheat grouts contains the following nutrients: 

  • 155 calories
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 1 gram of fat
  • 33 grams of carbohydrates
  • 5 grams fibre
  • Only 1.5 grams of sugar
  • 86 milligrams manganese (34%)
  • 86 milligrams magnesium (21%)
  • 118 milligrams phosphorus (12%)
  • 6 milligrams niacin (8%)
  • 1 milligrams zinc (7%)
  • 34 milligrams iron (7%)
  • 0.13 milligrams vitamin B6 (6%)
  • 24 milligrams folate (6%)
  • 0.6 milligrams pantothenic acid (6%)

Buckwheat can be eaten as is, sprouted and eaten raw, milled in to flour or roasted then its called kasha and can be eaten in a sweet or savory vibe

kasha loblolly porridge

We  washed a cup , then soaked over night , then strained and cooked the next day with almond milk and spices. one thing we noticed it that it soaks up fluid quickly and also i noticed that my bowels were open more than usual but in a good way not bad.

For our recipes you will need to wait because we are still experimenting but here’s a couple that look good enough to eat.

Cooked Kasha

1 cup toasted buckwheat groats
1 3/4 cups filtered water
1-2 Tbsp butter, to taste (I used unsalted butter)
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste (I used sea salt)

 How to Cook Buckwheat (Stove-top Method):
1. Rinse and drain buckwheat well.(I would say soak overnight then drain)
2. In a medium sauce pan, combine buckwheat groats with 1 3/4 cups water, 1 Tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a simmer then cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on low for 18-20 minutes. Just like with rice, you should hear hissing while it’s cooking and it will get quiet when it’s done. Stir in additional 1 Tbsp butter if desired...or olive oil

https://natashaskitchen.com/2015/02/15/how-to-cook-buckwheat-kasha/

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