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Buckwheat—popularly known as kuttu (kuttu ka atta) is a popular Navratri food in North India. Buckwheat has been around for ages; however, despite buckwheat benefits, this extremely nutritious flour finds a spot in the limelight mostly during Navratri, by those who are fasting.
Well, science has it that buckwheat flour is an excellent source of high-quality protein, B vitamins, and essential minerals. A review study on buckwheat benefits and its by-products, published in the Czech Journal of Food Sciences, claims that buckwheat grains are also rich in amino acids and dietary fibre. While amino acids are essential for muscle strength and immunity building; other buckwheat benefits like dietary fibre promotes good gut health and can help you lose weight by cutting down those nasty hunger pangs. Moreover, the high concentration of flavonoids, especially rutin, found in buckwheat, can keep your heart healthy and young, adding to buckwheat benefits. Buckwheat is also gluten-free, making it a great substitute for wheat. Kuttu ka atta for the win y’all!
Where to Buy
Here’s some good news—you don’t need to wait for Navratri to get your hands on buckwheat benefits. Buckwheat flour is available throughout the year at departmental stores, local vendors, and health stores alike. If a recce of your neighbourhood doesn’t yield any results, there are plenty of organic food stores on the world wide web that can help you get your quota of buckwheat benefits.
You can always knead some kuttu ka atta into a dough, and make rotis to reap buckwheat benefits; or you can innovate and add it to your dosa batter, cheelas, and even pakoras. You can also utilise buckwheat groats (crushed grains) in salads, porridge, granola bars, pancakes, waffles, and soups and stews to make the most of buckwheat benefits.
Here's a delicious recipe for Khura, a traditional buckwheat and butter recipe from Arunachal Pradesh which comes loaded with buckwheat benefits. We're sure you'll love it!
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