What Is Buckwheat Or Kuttu? How To Make Kuttu Atta At Home & Recipes
Navaratri 2019 is just around the corner, and it is time to enjoy flavors and tastes of a different nature. No grains for 9 days does not have to mean poor taste or nutrition. Kuttu, for example, can be considered as an excellent alternative for wheat. It is gluten-free and has all the right nutrients. From dosas to pakodas, kuttu can be used for giving a nutritious twist to lots of classic recipes.
According to the Hindu calendar, Navaratri falls twice in a year and with that comes a long break from grains. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating altogether. But instead, you can use some popular alternatives for these grains, one of which is buckwheat or kuttu, a grain-like gluten-free seed that is quite popular for the preparation of various delicacies in the Indian-subcontinent.
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What Is Buckwheat or kuttu?
Kuttu, or buckwheat, is a gluten-free seed that is a popular alternative for wheat flour. It is generally consumed as an advisory supplement for people suffering from gluten sensitivity. However, in the Indian-subcontinent, kuttu has a rich history and is often used as an ingredient in various dishes and thanks to its beneficial nature and nutritional value, no one is surprised by its vast usage and popularity. One of the most common uses of kuttu is seen during the days of Navaratri as people to avoid grains while fasting and choose to eat food made from buckwheat flour instead.
Nutritional Value Of Kuttu
Like a seed, buckwheat is loaded with fiber, which makes it a great addition to your diet if you are looking for an ingredient that’ll aid in improving your digestive health. Buckwheat, along with quinoa, is a perfect example of a pseudocereal, as it possesses the same qualities as cereals but does technically qualify as a cereal. With its nutritional range, which include vitamins such as vitamin K and B-6, minerals such as calcium and magnesium, and a good quantity of protein, kuttu is highly-beneficial for one’s diet.
With a variety of nutrients that it offers, the use of kuttu or buckwheat for your recipes can help you in multiple ways. Here are a few benefits that you’ll be rewarded with after adding kuttu/buckwheat to your diet:
- Help in managing blood glucose levels.
- Boost in weight loss.
- Support in healthy digestion.
- Improvement in cardiovascular health.
Though its benefits might make it seem like a great alternative that can not only be used for fasting but also for general purposes, however, it is also vital for you to know the side-effects of unregulated buckwheat consumption before you go any further with your choice.
One of the most common side-effects associated with its consumption is an allergy. It is advised that you check with a doctor if you are allergic to any other seed or grain.
How To Make Buckwheat Flour At Home?
Ready-made buckwheat flour is not always easy to find. It is also not very difficult to prepare buckwheat flour at home. Not only is it convenient, making buckwheat flour at home from scratch can make ensure complete hygiene and quality assurance. Homemade buckwheat flour is free of adulterants (which may be present in the packaged product), and it has a certain homely essence that cannot be replicated by any other.
If you are wondering about the method of preparing it, then you’ll be relieved to know that there isn’t much work involved. All you have to do is get some buckwheat seeds and then pour a single cup into a grinder. After 5-6 minutes of continuous grinding, the mix will obtain the flour-like consistency that you want.
The best thing about buckwheat is that it has an incredible shelf life. Buckwheat seeds can be stored in an airtight container for a whole year, whereas in the case of buckwheat flour, you can store it in a refrigerator for 3-4 months.
The Reason Behind Avoiding Food In Navaratri
Avoiding grains while fasting during Navaratri is a common practice that has been going on for centuries, but have you ever wondered why? Well, the reason behind the incorporation of this ritual can be summarised with the help of both religious thoughts and Ayurvedic studies.
The principle behind fasting is largely based on a belief that such practice shows your devotion and leads to spiritual purification. Fasting is an excellent way of practicing self-discipline along with other virtues of a similar nature and is believed to be a way of getting closer to the almighty.
And as for its scientific reasoning, you might have noticed that Navaratri usually falls during the time of a seasonal change, which happens twice every year. According to Ayurveda, during this time of the year, our body’s immunity weakens, thus avoiding food items such as grains, meat, onion, or garlic reduces the risk of contracting any disease.
Kuttu Recipes For Navaratri
Buckwheat flour is the most common choice around Indian households when it comes to making food during the 9 days fast of Navaratri. Let’s take a look at some of the recipes that’ll make sure that you never miss those flavorful days before the Navaratri:
1. Kuttu Ke Pakode (Falhari Pakoda)
Making these fries delicacies would surely be a great treat for you and your family. Made from buckwheat flour and mixed with ingredients such as green peas, coriander, and green chili, these Falhari pakodas will make sure that you get a tasteful experience along with your daily dosage of nutrients. However, as it is a fried delicacy, make sure that you consume them in a regulated fashion, for too much of it would make you consume a high quantity of unhealthy fats.
2. Buckwheat Kebabs
These could be considered as a great flavorful choice for your fasting days. Made using buckwheat flour and seasoned with green chili, ginger, and cardamom, the only other thing you require to turn it into a perfect meal is a cup of hot tea. This quick would surely turn your fasting into a lovable and flavorful experience.
3. Kuttu Ke Parathe
These are by far the most commonly prepared delicacy and can be enjoyed anytime during the day. Not only is it eaten extensively during the 9-day festival of Navaratri, but it is also a popular recipe prepared on any other ordinary day. The process for their preparation is very similar to that of any other conventional flour, except the buckwheat flour is used as the replacement for wheat, and there is no added common salt in the mix.
4. Kuttu Puris
Yet another fried delicacy, these are made by first preparing dough of buckwheat flour, and then rolling them out in small chapatti-like shape and deep-frying them in a fry-pan. These puris are immensely enjoyed during fasting and can also be eaten during any other time of the year.
5. Kuttu Ka Dosa
Another quick recipe that’ll make you fall in love with fasting. The batter used in order to make this dosa is prepared with the use of buckwheat flour, and if you dislike deep fried stuff but love just little amount of oil for preparation, then this might just be the recipe for you, for it is a quick and easy recipe that uses just a spoonful of oil in order to make a crispy dosa that has the nutty buckwheat taste in every bite. It tastes well alongside chutneys.
While preparing a dish that includes buckwheat flour, make sure that you are very well aware of its beneficial nature as well as the side-effects that it can cause. Other alternatives for kuttu include well-known names such as chestnut (singhara), quinoa, amaranth, and samai. So it is clear that though Navaratri comes with a lot of restrictions, there is still a long list of ingredients that’ll help you have a great and delicious Navaratri experience.