Semolina Porridge (Mannaya Kasha)December 17th, 2011 in Main Dishes, No-meat by Julia Volhina
Mannaya Kasha is one of foods associated for russian people with their childhood. When I was little I was always told it is rich on nutrients and required for healthy kid growth – every kid knew that to grow strong and healthy they need to finish up their plate with semolina porridge.
Just as a note: while researching for proper translation for this recipe, I stumbled on information that semolina porridge isn’t recommended for kids younger than 3 years (which was new to me) as it contains high amount of gluten and also phytin. But because it also has a lot of proteins and high content of vitamins E and B1 it is very good for kids after 3 year old who have no gluten intolerance.
While cooking it is important to stir mannaya kasha all the time (I use whisk for this and it helps a lot), or you will get clots and no kid likes them in their mannaya kasha.
- 1/3 cup of semolina flour
- 1 pint of milk
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- Salt to taste
- Seedless berry jam (optional)
How to prepare, step-by-step:
- Prepare ingredients:
- Pour milk into small cooking pot, add sugar:
- And butter:
- Put on moderate burner and bring to boil, stir from time to time:
- Remove cooking pot from burner and gradually stir all semolina flour in using a whisk:
- Put cooking pot back on burner, continuously stirring with a whisk bring it back to boil, and remove again, continue to stir until kasha gains desired thickness:
- Pour to bowls:
- If desired pour some seedless berry jam over (warm it up in microwave to make it liquid if needed), it will adds berry taste to semolina porridge:
How much is a pint? In Cups…
1 pint about 2 cups
Babushka passed away a few years ago and I have been slowly learning all of her recipes. This is one that I remember fondly but I couldn’t remember the name. After months of searching, I think this is it and I’ve found it. Спасибо, Юлия!
Thank you too 🙂
My 4 yo daughter loves mannaia kasha,, she eats it every day, she is sooo picky ,, so I was trying to look up if semolina porridge is healthy,, thank God , bcz evrth else she eats is not very healthy, she s been eating manka since 2 years of age when she was weaned from the breast..
Mannaja kasha is one of the childhood memories every USSRian child of my generation would have. I think it was considered the must food for kids, I want to think it is healthy enough in moderation of course. However I believe I’ve read at some point something about it being hard to digest for kids under edge of 3 y.o.
very nice recipe
I also was born in the US. My mum gave us mannaya kasha for breakfast a lot. I’ve changed her recipe a bit though. I add brown sugar, maple syrup (real stuff, not flavoured), pinches of cardamom & nutmeg. My kids love it & they’re teenagers now & still eat it.