Pseudo Cereals Kasha

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.

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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.