Buckwheat kasha, with peas and onions

COOK TIME: 60-70 minutes
Buckwheat kasha, with peas and onions
  • 100g split peas
  • 100g buckwheat
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1 - large onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 The night before, soak 100g of split peas in cold water: make sure they are completely covered under an additional 2cm of water. Let soak overnight. The peas will absorb the water and swell, and will thus require a shorter cooking time.
2 In the morning, drain the remaining water, transfer to a pot, add water so that the peas are completely covered, cover with a lid, bring to a boil and lower heat to a minimum. Cook until the peas are done: they should be easy to crush with a spoon.
3 Take 100g of buckwheat. Soak these in water overnight as well, in a 2:1 ratio. In the morning, the buckwheat will have absorbed all the water.
4 When the peas are nearly done, add the buckwheat, stir, season with salt, and cook an additional 5 minutes with the lid closed.
5 Meanwhile, take 1 large onion, peel it and slice it into half-moons. Heat a pan on the stove top, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and simmer the onion over medium heat.
6 It is important not to brown the onion, simply let it soften, in order to preserve its sweetness. Our porridge of peas and buckwheat is now ready and all the liquid has been absorbed: add the onion and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
7 And that’s it. Now you have a porridge of peas and buckwheat with a varied texture, the sweetness of the onion, and the slight bitterness typical of olive oil.
1 All three ingredients are traditional Russian products, some of the least expensive and easiest to find.

  • Anyone can cook buckwheat, and sometimes its price in stores is taken into consideration for inflation calculation purposes.
  • Peas are not as widespread in Russia, which is strange. In fact, they are used to prepare monastirskie piroshky (stuffed buns), are added to soups, used to make kasha, and they even cost very little.
  • Onions are an irreplaceable ingredient, one that every one should have in their kitchen.

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