Where To Start

Before choosing a recipe decide what amount of time you want to spend on cooking . Some recipes require just 10 minutes to prepare a meal, some – up to 2-3 hours. Some recipes just ask to combine ingredients and boil while others will require you to be constantly involved in cooking. Consider above factors while selecting a recipe. Also, not all recipes say how prepared kasha will look. This is important because it will affect easiness of cooking. Prepared kasha can be one of the following types: liquid, viscous and crumbly depending on kasha’s consistency.

“Liquid kasha” is cooked using whole milk, a mix of milk with water or just a water. The idea is to prepare kasha which will be mushy, soup like. “Liquid” kasha is best-cooked using semolina, rice, millet, and small oat-flakes. Cooking is usually easy. Stirring kasha slowly during cooking is recommended to prevent grains from sticking together. Many kasha recipes for kids describe how to cook liquid kashas.

“Viscous” kasha is prepared similarly to viscous, but with less milk or water. Amount of liquid is chosen to be just right for prepared kasha to stick to the plate. Some grains such as rice or barley are not easily boiled in milk � it is recommended to boil such grains for several minutes in water and then, after draining water, to add hot milk.

The most difficult to cook type of kasha is “friable” or crumbly kasha. When ready it should look bulky, each grain should be thoroughly cooked and easily separated. Amount of water is used such so all water would be absorbed by the time when kasha is ready. Exact amount of water will depend on a recipe but usually the rule is: 1 cup of grains needs 2 cups of water. Usually grains are boiled until they are dense, then heat reduced and kasha is cooked until it is ready.

As mentioned earlier, not all recipes describe what type of kasha (liquid, viscous or crumbly) will be prepared. To estimate how kasha will look carefully read the cooking instructions, what ingredients are used, and in what ratios.

The next important step is to choose the right cookware for cooking kasha