Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding

February 17, 2020mayurisjikoni
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EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #234 SUPER NUTS AND SEEDS

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group

FoodieMonday is a group of 12 enthusiastic food blogger who prepare a dish for every Monday based on a chosen theme. Through this group, not only have I learnt a lot more about different regional cuisines from the members but we tend to hold productive discussions about ingredients, cooking methods, recipes and in this manner share cooking related knowledge with each other.

Theme Suggestion

Using seeds or nuts or both is this week’s theme. You may think, that’s a pretty easy theme. However, it was not as easy as one may presume. Did you know that almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts, pine nuts, walnuts are not true nuts but seeds? Pecans, chestnuts are true nuts. Swaty suggested the theme super nuts and seeds and got us all digging for more information on both. Pecans being true nuts, Swaty has used them in her Zucchini and Carrot Chocolate Nut Cake. When it comes to seeds check out how to use flax seeds to make a chutney powder, Alsi ki Chutney.

What did I decide to use?

It was time to close down the Bangalore kitchen and this time decided to carry some of the leftover ingredients that I don’t get in Kenya. Buckwheat was one of them. This time I have decided to use up the ingredients as soon as possible. No point in saving them thinking that I may need them for another theme or some different dish. I realized that one can always come up with recipes with locally available ingredients. That is how buckwheat became my main ingredient for the theme.

Facts about Buckwheat

Buckwheat is not a cereal or a grain though the word wheat is included in its name. Considered a super seed, its a fruit seed and related to sorrel and rhubarb. Classified as a pseudocereal, the seeds of buckwheat are used consumed like grains or cereal. This super seed helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels in the body. Also it is a rich source of dietary fibre and has  good quality protein. Gluten free, its ideal for those who have gluten intolerance. Richer in minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, iron and phosphorus compared to wheat, rice and corn.

How can one include Buckwheat in their diet?

Because of its several health benefits and being gluten free, these days buckwheat is included in one’s diet in several ways. In India, not only does one get the groats but also buckwheat flour and coarsely ground buckwheat which is commonly known as ‘buckwheat dalia’.  I’ve soaked buckwheat and used it to make buckwheat idlis. Soak the groats and then use them to make a healthy Buckwheat khichdi, which undoubtedly is more healthier than sabudana khichdi. Sometimes, buckwheat savoury pancakes or Uttapams is all we need as light dinner. Add some buckwheat groats to your regular khichdi to enjoy the health benefits of this pseudo cereal. My favorite way to enjoy buckwheat is to add it to salads. Love how it adds not only nutritional value but a crunch to salads. Check out my Crunchy Winter Salad but make sure the buckwheat groats are roasted.

What did I decide to make using Buckwheat?

I had some coarsely ground or ‘buckwheat dalia’ at hand. While you can use the groats to make the breakfast pudding, I used the coarsely ground one as it cooks quickly. To use groats, you simply soak them overnight in water, drain out the water and cook. Use water and milk to cook the pudding. Alternately, use a plant based milk of your choice or just water. Enjoy it hot or cold. Add ‘nuts’ and seeds, fresh fruit, dried fruit, whatever pleases you. I used water and milk, added some dried fruits I had at hand and some almond slivers. Flavouring of choice was cinnamon powder, but you can use whatever you like. My choice of sweetener was stevia but you can use coconut sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • For Vegan version use plant based milk like almond, coconut, soy etc
  • Healthy food for both the elderly and toddlers. For toddlers add nut powders and not whole nuts.
  • High in dietary fibre so good for those suffering from constipation.
  • Satvik friendly.
  • Ideal to make during fasting.

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BUCKWHEAT BREAKFAST PUDDING

Serves 2

½ cup buckwheat, coarsely ground (buckwheat dalia)

1 cup water

1 cup milk (use milk of your choice)

1 tsp stevia (use sweetener of your choice)

2 tbsp chopped dried fruits

1 tbsp chopped almonds

½ tsp cinnamon powder

  1. Heat 1 cup water in a saucepan. When it becomes hot, add the buckwheat.
  2. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes, remember it cooks very fast.
  3. Add milk and stirring it frequently let it cook till its done or becomes thick.
  4. Add stevia and cinnamon powder. Mix well.
  5. Spoon the porridge into serving bowls.
  6. Top it with dried fruit and chopped nuts. Serve hot or cold.

Tips:

  • If you are using buckwheat groats, soak them overnight in water. Drain out the water and wash the seeds in a strainer or sieve before adding them to the simmering water.
  • Add fresh fruits of your choice.
  • Add seeds, like chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc of your choice.
  • Add nuts of your choice.
  • Add flavorings of your choice like vanilla extract, cardamom powder, saffron, or even cocoa powder.
  • Prepare this pudding as a healthy dessert option.

Pin for later:

buckwheat breakfast pudding

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

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24 Comments

  • FoodTrails

    February 18, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Excellent share Mayuriji!! Through your blog I came to know about so many wonderful recipes using buckwheat .. earlier I knew only about the flour that we use during fasting days..this daliya recipe is so easy and looks so delicious.. similar to wheat Daliya that we make but we can have it during fasting days too … very nutritious way to start the day.. and never knew buckwheat is a seed not a grain . Thanks for sharing the info..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Most welcome and thank you Swaty. One can use the buckwheat dalia to make a savory dalia just like the wheat one.

      1. poonampagar

        February 19, 2020 at 3:15 am

        Your post about facts on seeds and nuts is really enlightening di ! We only get buckwheat flour here. Never used it’s dalia. This buckwheat kheer with nuts and dry fruits is perfect fasting treat !

      2. mayurisjikoni

        February 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm

        Thank you so much Poonam, glad you liked the post and recipe.

      3. The Girl Next Door

        February 19, 2020 at 5:59 pm

        What a beautiful recipe! The buckwheat pudding looks so delicious and inviting. 🙂 I’d love to get my hands on one of those cups.

        Buckwheat is another ingredient that is hardly used in my kitchen, a fact I’m not very happy with. I should buy some, just to try this out!

      4. mayurisjikoni

        February 20, 2020 at 8:31 pm

        Thanks Priya, please do try out the recipe. Also can add buckwheat groat to any khichdi or pulao you make.

  • FoodTrails

    February 18, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    We make sweet version too in milk using wheat daliya..this can be well substituted in it for fasting days!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 18, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      Thats true Swaty, its a healthy and filling pudding for fasting days.

  • poonampagar

    February 19, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Your post about facts on seeds and nuts is really enlightening di ! We only get buckwheat flour here. Never used it’s dalia. This buckwheat kheer with nuts and dry fruits is perfect fasting treat !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 19, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam, I went to a grocery store in Mumbai to buy whole buckwheat and he gave me the ‘dalia’ version.

    2. The Girl Next Door

      February 19, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      The buckwheat pudding looks so delicious!

      Buckwheat is another ingredient that is rarely used in our kitchen. I’d like to buy some so I could try out this exciting recipe.

  • preethi76

    February 22, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for the great insight on nuts and seeds. Buckwheat breakfast pudding is so nutritious and yummy. I am intrigued now to try more buckwheat recipes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2020 at 12:09 am

      Thanks Preethi, please try buckwheat… not only healthy but light on the tummy. The first time I had anything made of buckwheat was the buckwheat crepes in Montreal.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    February 22, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I never had buckwheat in a porridge and would love to try this, something new for me. Loving all your buckwheat recipes, bookmarked a few. Thank You

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2020 at 12:07 am

      Thank you so much Renu, try the pudding its a great alternate to oats especially during fasting days.

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    February 23, 2020 at 1:21 am

    I have eaten a lot of savory buckwheat recipes. In Polish and Russian cuisine, it is called kasha and there is a Polish neighborhood here that I always get kasha whenever I go to the restaurants there. Now I want to try this sweetened breakfast way of eating buckwheat!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 23, 2020 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Mireille, hope you like the pudding when you try it.

  • MJ

    February 24, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I learnt so much about Buckwheat from your post. This dessert must taste a bit like kheer. Love the way you have served it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 24, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much Mina, it taste more like oats than kheer.

  • shobhakeshwani

    February 25, 2020 at 2:19 am

    We love having porridge for breakfast .. I will get the buck wheat and surely make it. Looks really inviting with all the healthy toppings.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:31 am

      Thank you so much Shobha, am sure you’ll enjoy it with your favorite toppings.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    February 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Used buckwheat flour in fasting food but never used buckwheat dalia. This pudding sounds super healthy and perfect for fasting days. Dried fruits and nuts definitely made it delicious. I would love to try this simple, easy and healthy pudding on fasting days.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 26, 2020 at 12:28 am

      Thanks Sujata. Please do try it as its filling and healthy too.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    March 1, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    am yet to cook with Buckwheat or Kuttu as its called. I think you have so many recipes now with that pseudo grain, tempting me to buy a small batch to try, esp the Buckwheat Idli & Khichdi.

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