Doctor Zhivago: Kasha
Kasha (shown above as a base for Chicken Pojarski) is, I'm told, an acquired taste. I acquired it, it seems, from countless generations before me who made it in the old country. It is my favorite soul food.
Kasha is a grain, the very unappealing sounding buckwheat groat. It is sort of a cross between rice and cous cous. It comes in different sizes - from fine to course. In the picture above you see the largest size kasha I've ever found - organic kasha sold at Whole Foods. When I make Kasha with bow tie noodles (Kasha Varniskas) I use medium grain. Served as an accompaniment to our chicken, and without adornment, I prefer "coarse" grain.
This is a very simple recipe, because the rest of our meal is very ornate. However, when served as a more significant part of a meal I would add sliced mushrooms to the onion. It is also delicious when, after being cooked, it is tossed with bow tie pasta, in which case it is known as Kasha Varniskas.
- 1 Egg
- 2 Cups Beef Broth
- 1 Cup Medium Kasha
- 2 T Butter
- 1 small yellow onion
Bring the 2 cups of beef broth to a boil and then reduce heat to "warm" it.
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