The Soviet Union for the collection of grain from the countryside launched the “Ural-Siberian method” an extraordinary approach introduced in Urals and Siberia. This method was a return to the drastic policies that had characterized War Communism in the period prior to Lenin’s New Economic Policy. It was a campaign of confiscation of grain and other agricultural produce from the peasants for a nominal fixed price according to specified quotas. Only imagine the pains for peasants and farmers under such conditions.
Now wind the clock forward and local grains are served as a main staple in the Siberian lands. Grains remain a significant interest in Russian food culture and is an important food staple for Siberians. But these porridges are really pseudocereals, non-grasses that are used in much the same way as cereals given that true cereals are grasses. Examples of pseudocereals are amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat.
The local name for the porridge is “kasha” (pronounced ka-sha) which is boiled in milk or water and mixed with mushrooms from the forest – what an amazing dish! Buckwheat porridge is very common and can be eaten with meat, mushrooms, or with milk and sugar.