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Buckwheat Health Benefits
Last Updated : Oct 16,2017
Health Benefits of Buckwheat and Ways to Cook It
Buckwheat has been consumed in India since time immemorial. It has especially gained importance as a grain-substitute for fasting (upvaas) days. Interestingly, this gluten-free seed is now becoming very popular in the U.S., Canada and Europe too. Why? What are the health benefits of this nutrient-packed seed, which make it attractive to so many?
This tiny seed is a treasure-trove of nutrients. With protein and fibre, it improves heart health and helps prevent diabetes and digestive disorders. It is also loaded with antioxidants like rutin, tannin and catechin. It is packed with nutrients like amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which makes it good for health-conscious people. Compared to many other grains and seeds, buckwheat is said to have a unique amino acid composition that works against cholesterol, hypertension and digestive problems like constipation. With so many health benefits, it is not surprising that some people categorise buckwheat as a super-food. It definitely is a good addition to the diets of vegans and those with gluten-sensitivity issues.
Top 9 health benefits of Buckwheat:
1. Buckwheat is a very good source of Iron, which is a prime nutrient in blood, required to carry oxygen and other nutrients to all parts of the body.
2. A good source of Magnesium Rich Recipes and Calcium, which ensure a healthy bone structure in your body.
3. Buckwheat is a powerful Antioxidant, which reduces inflammation in the body and keeps you away from chronic diseases like Diabetic Recipes and Low Cholesterol Recipes.
4. The dietary High Fiber in buckwheat helps to keep a check on blood cholesterol and sugar levels.
5. Buckwheat contains two flavonoids with significant health-promoting actions: rutin and quercitin. Rutin helps maintain good blood flow by preventing platelets from clotting excessively.
6. The Protein in buckwheat is a high quality protein, containing all essential amino acids, including lysine.
7. Buckwheat is good for diabetics as it contains low fat and has a low glycemic Index. It will not raise your blood sugar to high levels.
8. With so many people facing hair-fall and other hair related issues, it is good to hear that buckwheat helps is hair growth as it has 75% complex carbs, abundant B-complex vitamins and zinc too.
9. What’s more, it makes you happy as it contains tryptophan which is a mood enhancer.
Many of you might have consumed buckwheat as part of your fasting/ upvaas/ faraali diets, but here are some recipes that will help you consume this superfood more often, as part of your daily cooking. From Buckwheat Khichdi to Buckwheat Pancakes, Suva Buckwheat Roti, Buckwheat Dhokla and Buckwheat Dosa too, buckwheat can be cooked in many forms, so you get a great variety and awesome taste along with the health benefits!
These are some of our 7 favourite super healthy buckwheat recipes, but you can also head straight to our website and check out many more…
Buckwheat Health Benefits
One look at this recipe and you know that faaral
foods can be more sumptuous and often more flavourful than everyday meals! The garnish of sesame seeds and coriander is to this khichdi what a cherry is to icing! It really boosts the aroma and flavour of the Buckwheat Khichdi.
As you start making this dish, you might have some concerns about the stickiness of buckwheat, and the curdled look of the buttermilk when cooked. Worry not, everything will turn out perfectly when done! Team this irresistible khichdi with Peanut Kadhi
to make a satiating meal.
Um, you feel like having dosa today but no fermented batter on hand? Not to worry! Here is an easy and instant dosa prepared with buckwheat and urad dal. The twist here is that the ingredients are powdered, tempered and then mixed into a batter, which can be cooked immediately into yummy dosas. Serve the Buckwheat Dosa fresh off the tava with a chutney of your choice, preferably green chutney.
Pancakes are favorites across the world. In this Indianised version, the not-so-common buckwheat combines with sour low-fat curds and bottle gourd to make iron and fibre-rich pancakes.
Have it along with Green Chutney
or Mint and Onion Chutney
for a delicious treat.
Khichdi is light for the stomach, yet filling and nourishing. They often say soup is good for the soul, but I would say, "Khichdi is good for my soul". The aroma of this khichdi is irresistible, as it has been cooked with the aromatic spices. Buckwheat is commonly called as kutto or kutti no daro. This recipe is a variation of traditional khichdi in which rice is replaced with buckwheat due to its low glycemic index and high fibre content. Serve it with chilled Low Fat Curds, or Karela Kadhi, to make a satisfying meal.
The Buckwheat Dhokla combines taste and nutrition in an easy-to-cook form. A batter of buckwheat is perked up with curds, ginger and green chillies to make soft and tasty dhoklas.
Though the buckwheat needs to be soaked for two hours, the batter does not require any fermentation afterwards, so you do not have to plan too much in advance.
Serve this tasty snack with green chutney or other suitable accompaniments.
You can also try other low-calorie recipes like the Lemon and Coriander Soup
and the Bajra, Carrot and Onion Uttapa
Mouth-wateringly tasty buckwheat rotis flavoured with aromatic dill leaves, this recipe is a delightful treat for your palate and your stomach.
Made with alkaline flours like buckwheat and jowar, these rotis are spiced mildly with common ingredients like green chilli paste and a dash of pepper.
It is very important to serve the Suva Buckwheat Roti immediately and fresh, to enjoy its vibrant flavour and interesting texture.
Also try other stomach-friendly paratha like Minty Green Peas and Cabbage Paratha
or roti like Nutritious Cabbage and Methi Rotis
Buckwheat and Sprouts Khichdi, is light on the stomach, yet filling and nourishing. The aroma of this khichdi is irresistible, as it has been cooked with an appropriate selection of spices.
Moong dal and sprouts are a good source of protein, making this a very healthy and wholesome choice for pregnant women. Buckwheat is commonly called as kutto or kutti no daro – in case you have any trouble making your local grocer understand!
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