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Various Recipes of Buckwheat

There are uncountable recipes of Buckwhet in the world. For expample when you ask about "Kasha" to Russians/Eastern Europeans, the recipes would vary to whom you ask and where. Because everyone has his/her own recipe. It would be the same for the Crêpe for French and Soba for Japanese. Though I will try to give you here some of my recipes, it's only my style of recipes or just obtained from others. So you can modify them according to your style. If you could invent some good one, please let me know. I will be very happy to have yours.
As I'm a Japanese Soba Master, I will start from Japanese recipes. (We have all materials we use herebelow such as Seeds, Marunuki or Flour etc. for sale.)


1) Soba Moyashi (Buckwheat Sprout)
  Is this a recipe? It could not be proper to start with how-to-grow the buckwheat sprout. But this is so easy and simple and is really a  good material for your salad with so many health advantages as soba. Do you have a life-style-disease or constipation etc? Then start  growing Soba Moyashi. It will be ready for about 10days. You will get Soba Moyashi about 3 times of kernel weight you use.
You can eat Soba Moyashi salad with any dressing of your choice. But how about trying the Japanese style simple salad? Put Soba Tsuyu (sauce for dipping soba which you can buy bottled one at Japanese supermarket or you can make it by yourself.) on Soba Moyashi and sprinkle shreded Nori (Japanese dried laver) on top and also put some Wasabi if you like. It's really refreshing!

  (Materials you need)
  Buckwheat seeds or Marunuki(raw de-hulled buckwheat), Flat vat and sponge sheet of about 5mm thickness or kitchen paper.
 @Clean the seeds with running water and soak the seeds in the water overnight.
 AScatter the seeds densely on the sponge sheet or double-folded paper towel in the flat vat filled with water at the thickness of sponge sheet and cover it with plastic sheet or newspaper until it grows about 4-5cm in height.
 BWith about 4 days, when roots grow to penetrate this sponge sheet, reduce the water and make some space between water and the  bottom of sponge sheet. (Change water once in every 2 days)
 CThereafter it grows automatically and colour turns to fresh green with sunshine. When it grows about 10cm in height, it's the time  to eat it. More it grows, more it gets harder.

2) Soba Gaki (Scrambled Buckwheat)
  Most convenient way of eating soba. In the past so called "Wan Gaki" was the main method which pour just boiling water into the cup with Sobako (Buckwheat Flour) and mix it well quickly. That's it. Simple but the best way to feel and enjoy the Buckwheat. But now so called "Nabe Gaki" (Mix on the fire) is more common for better texture.
  (Direction)
 @Use the coarsely milled Buckwheat Flour (sieve #30-40) 80g for one portion.
 ADissolve the Sobako in the 2.4`2.6 times of water of Sobako weight
 BThen mix it well quickly using a spatula on a medium heat until getting thick with good aroma.
 CScoup it by a round ladle in a shape of hemisphere in a small bowl filled with Sobayu (Soba cooking Water)
 DGarnish it with long onion, a piece of citron peel or grated horseradish and wasabi.
 EThen eat it dipping into Tosa Shouyu (All pourpose dipping sauce with 1 dried bonito broth and 10 shouyu(Soy sauce) or Soba  Tsuyu.
 FIf you cover up SobaGaki ball with Kinako (Yellow Soy Bean Powder) and sugar, it is called as "Ibuki Dango" and can be served for a desert.

3) Neri Soba Mushi (Steamed Soba Pudding)
  (Ingredients)
  Buckwheat Flour 100g, 3 Eggs, Seaweed Stock 3 cups, A bit of Salt for about 7 portions.
  (Direction)
 @Put 10g Buckwheat Flour into Seaweed Stock and mix it well on a low heat until boiling.
 ACool it to the body temperature in the water pan.
 BMix well the remaining 90g Buckwheat Flour and 3 Eggs with a bit of Salt.
 CStrain it and then pour it into the squre container for steaming. It will take about 15 minutes with a low/medium heat. Apply a salad oil or a piece of gauze at the bottom of a container for easy take-out.
 DCut it to your preferable size and put some garnishes like shreded long onion or Japanese pepper leave on top and pour a bit of Soba Tsuyu.
 EServe it cold in summer and warm in winter.
  This is a good companion of Sake.

4) Soba Tofu
  
(Ingredients)
  Buckwheat Flour 100g, Marunuki 50g, Broth of Dried Bonito Frakes 800cc, Kudzu (Arrowroot) Starch 35g, Shoyu soy sauce, Mirin   and Sake at your fancy. Marunuki should be boiled for about 10-15 minutes with shoyu and sugar beforehand.
  (Direction)
 @Stir sobako well in the Broth together with Marunuki in a bowl.
 APour above @ in the frying pan on the midium heat and stir it well incesssantly until it gets stickiness. Never char the bottom of the  pan.
 BPut condiments in.
 CAlso put Kudzu Starch dissolved in 100cc water.
 DLead the solution into the squre container
 EGive it a rest overnight in the fridge. Then voila!

5) Soba Miso

  (Ingredients)
  Miso Paste (Preferably Edo Amamiso which is made with low salt and high malted rice koji. If you cannot obtain this Miso, then use normal type of Miso with double quantity of Amajiru.) 300g, Sugar 50g, Amajiru(Soba Tusyu for hot Soba which is lighter than Zaru Jiru for cold soba dipping sauce.) 60g, Marunuki (de-hulled raw buckwheat) 50g, White Sesame 30g, Honey 2 big spoons, Mirin & Red Pepper at your fancy.
  (Direction)
 @Put the pot on a medium heat with Edo Amamiso, Sugar together with Amajiru and stir them well.
 AThen Add roasted Marunuki ,White Sesame and other ingredients and mix well till you get sleek touch. Be careful not to burn.
  This is also very good for Sake and everything.

6) Buckwheat Kasha
    First you must dehull buckwheat (Groats), place an cookie sheet and roast in oven till lightly brown.
    Let it boil in 4 cups boiling water add 2 cups of buckwheat, 1 tablespoon of butter, salt to taste. Boil until it gets thick, put it in the casserol and bake for 1 hour.
This is Mom Helen Fyk's "Babas old Ukrainean Recipe"
(Baba means Grandma in Ukrainean)
Baba Helen Fyk is an offspring of Ukrainean settlers in a small village called Gerland, Manitoba and the population is said to be 21 in 2009. This area is called Parkland and it is one of the biggest Ukrainean community in Canada. Every year I visit this village to buy her sons' (Don and Ben) buckwheat which has very good quality and at that time I had an opportunity to have her Cabbage Roll with this Kasha inside. It is very tasty, so I would like to share her traditional recipe with you.

7) Buckwheat Cabbage Roll (Holopchi)
    Babas Ukrainean Recipe.
Steam some cabbage leaves till limp-enough for a roaster. Trim coarse ribs to make them level with the rest of the leaf. Prepare your buckwheat the same as for kashas, adding fried onion in butter to it. When it cools off you can make holubtse. Take a spoonful of buckwheat and spread it in center of cabbage leaf and roll it up like a little sausage. Place in a roaster in layers (each layer criss crossed end to end then side to side) until roaster is full. Pour boiling water to 2/3 of level of rolls. And bake approx 2 hours, or soft when poked with a fork. Please enjoy! (from Helen Fyk 16th Nov., 2008)

More recipes coming.

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