Buckwheat sauce

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Buckwheat sauce, a less common but deliciously nutritious accompaniment, adds depth and richness to the naturally nutty flavor of buckwheat porridge. While not as widespread as other sauces, it is a testament to the versatility of buckwheat as a staple grain. Originating from regions where buckwheat is a dietary mainstay, such as Russia, Japan, and parts of Europe, this sauce complements the earthy tones of buckwheat dishes, often served alongside vegetables or as a base for a hearty, meat-free option.

Serves: +10
  • Buckwheat flour 30 g
  • Olive oil or unsalted butter 30 g
  • Onion 50 g
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • Vegetable broth 500 ml
  • Soy sauce 2 tablespoons
  • Nutritional yeast (optional, for a cheesy flavor) 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs (such as parsley or dill) for garnishing
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  • In a saucepan, heat the olive oil or melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the buckwheat flour to form a paste, cooking it for about 2 minutes until it turns a light golden color. This roux will thicken the sauce.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the roux. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Gradually whisk in the vegetable broth, ensuring there are no lumps. Add the soy sauce for depth of flavor.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring constantly until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, you can add more broth to reach your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the nutritional yeast, if using, for a nutty, cheesy flavor. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the sauce from heat. Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs, alongside buckwheat porridge or over steamed vegetables.

Storage Tips

This buckwheat sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, adding a little water or vegetable broth if the sauce has thickened too much during storage.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Buckwheat flour is made from ground buckwheat groats and is rich in fiber, proteins, and a variety of minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. It’s also a good source of B vitamins. Notably, buckwheat is gluten-free, making it an excellent flour alternative for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

Interesting Facts

  • Not Actually Wheat: Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is actually a fruit seed, making it a suitable grain alternative for those on gluten-free diets.
  • A Global Ingredient: Buckwheat has been cultivated for over 8,000 years, with its use spanning across many cultures and cuisines, from Russian blinis to Japanese soba noodles.
  • Health Benefits: Buckwheat is celebrated for its health benefits, including improving heart health, aiding in blood sugar control, and providing a high antioxidant content. Its rich nutrient profile supports a healthy diet and can contribute to overall well-being.
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