While researching an earlier article on how to cook buckwheat in a rice cooker, I came across the term buckwheat groats. This was something I had never heard of so I decided to dig a bit deeper.
And, guess what?
It turns out buckwheat groats are actually very tasty and nutritious, and, of course, they can be cooked in your rice cooker.
So, if you want to try something a little different, then maybe it will interest you.
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What Are Buckwheat Groats?
Buckwheat groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant, scientifically known as Fagopyrum esculentum.
These small, triangular-shaped groats have a distinct nutty flavor and are often used as a gluten-free alternative to grains.
Buckwheat groats are highly nutritious, rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, and they can be cooked and used in various dishes, such as salads, soups, stir-fries, or even as a breakfast cereal.
With their unique taste and versatile nature, buckwheat groats are a popular choice for those seeking healthy and diverse food options.
Rinsing Buckwheat Groats: The First Step to Cooking Them in a Rice Cooker
Before cooking buckwheat groats in a rice cooker, it is crucial to rinse them thoroughly.
This step ensures that any debris or dirt is removed from the groats, making them safe and clean for consumption. To rinse the buckwheat groats, place them in a fine-mesh strainer and run cold water over them until the water runs clear.
Once you have rinsed the buckwheat groats, it’s time to prepare them for cooking. For every cup of buckwheat groats, use two cups of water.
This 2:1 ratio ensures that the buckwheat cooks evenly and absorbs enough moisture during cooking. Place the rinsed buckwheat groats and water into your rice cooker and turn it on.
Cooking Buckwheat Groats in a Rice Cooker: A Simple Process
Cooking buckwheat groats in a rice cooker is incredibly easy.
Once you have added the water and rinsed buckwheat groats to your rice cooker, simply turn it on and let it do its job!
Depending on your rice cooker’s settings, it may take anywhere from 20-30 minutes for your buckwheat to cook fully.
During this time, avoid opening the lid of your rice cooker as this will release steam and disrupt the cooking process. After around 20 minutes have passed, check on your buckwheat by taking a quick peek through the glass lid if available; if not available wait patiently until around 25 minutes have passed before checking.
Fluffing Your Buckwheat Groats: The Final Step
After your rice cooker has finished cooking your buckwheat groats, allow them to sit for about 10-15 minutes before fluffing them with a fork gently. Fluffing helps separate each grain of cooked buckwheat, giving it a light and fluffy texture.
Once you have fluffed your buckwheat groats with a fork, they are ready to be served or used in any recipe that calls for cooked buckwheat. Some popular ways to enjoy cooked buckwheat include using it as a base for grain bowls, adding it to soups or stews, or even using it as a substitute for rice in sushi rolls.