My goal for this post is to make you a strong wheat groats fan. First, wheat groats are nutritious and healthy. They are a perfect source of energy. Moreover, if you cook it properly, you get tasty and flavorful wheat porridge. You can cook it with water, making it a perfect option as a side dish to a meat dish of your choice; or you can cook it for breakfast by using milk instead of water and adding some sweetener with your favorite fruits, berries, and nuts topping.
There is a very simple way to explain what wheat groats are. To make wheat groats you take wheat grain, get rid of all the germ and bran, finely crush t and polish in the end. As a result, you get perfect groats that have a positive impact on the state of your skin, nails and hair; improve the functioning of the digestive system and help to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. All these can happen due to wheat groats being rich in not only essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals and fiber, but in biotin, carotene and choline.
So, let see step-by-step how you can cook perfect wheat groats porridge using different technics and kitchen utensils.
How long do you cook wheat groats?
Cooking time is not so certain feature unlike it seems at first sight. Many factors contribute to the duration of any groats or grains cooking process. We already have the first qualifier – the type of groats. Now, we have to determine in which liquid we are cooking (milk or water) and which cooking method we are using (boiling on the stove, using a cooker). Here is the list of how long time you spend cooking wheat groats in most common recipes:
- How long to boil wheat groats on the stove? You need to cook wheat groats in the pot on the stove for 20 minutes. Start timing after you add wheat groats to water and water reboils on the stove.
- How long do you cook wheat groats with milk on the stove? You will spend 30-40 minutes cooking wheat groats porridge with milk. I have a separate section for you below dedicated to this cooking method, as the recipe has some certain peculiar features.
- How long do you cook wheat groats in rice-cooker? Using mode “Porridge”, you will spend 30 minutes cooking wheat groats.
Moreover, you should be very careful with the timing as the type of pot and stove also have an impact on your cooking process. Just be careful and watch groats cooking on the stove if it is your first time and you are not confident enough in your cooking skills.
What is the ratio of wheat groats to water?
At this stage, we will determine how much liquid you should use to get wheat groats porridge to the consistency you need:
- Use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of wheat groats to get fluffy porridge (with 30 minutes cooking process).
- To get sticky (somewhat gluey) porridge, you need to use 1 cup of wheat groats with 2.5 cups of water and cooking porridge for 25 minutes.
- For a runny (gruel) porridge use 3 cups of water to 1 cup of wheat groats (for 30 min. cooking).
What is the weight yield of wheat groats when boiled?
The amount of wheat groats increases 4 times. 1 cup of wheat groats = 4 cups of cooked wheat groats.
One more note, if the water in the pot has cooked off but the porridge is not in the consistency you want, simply add more water. Just make sure to add previously boiled water to the pot and in a small volume.
Wheat Groats Recipe: How to cook wheat groats porridge on the stove
Boiling wheat groats on the stove is the most obvious wave you can cook any type of grain or groats, nevertheless, it does not make it less convenient. I highly recommend you to master techniques of boiling groats on the stove, as you will have a nutritious garnish following several easy steps.
Ingredients for the recipe: 1-cup wheat groats/grits; 2-cups water; 50 g unsalted butter; ½ tsp. salt.
Type: Side dish Cuisine: Slavonic Calories: 105 kcal Yield: 2 servings Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 25 min Ready in 35 min
I won’t hide the fact that if it is your first time boiling wheat groats it can come across tricky. Make sure to follow all the steps of the recipe, and practice is your best friend:
- As almost every grain recipe, we will start with rinsing wheat groats under running water or washing by covering groats with cold water in a deep bowl and then draining it several times. We do this to prevent groats from sticking at the end of boiling.
- Pour the necessary amount of water to the pot and put on the high heat. Wait until the water boils and season with salt.
- Add rinsed wheat groats to the boiling water.
- Stir groats from time to time while you wait for the water to boil. Get rid of all the foam that forms in the process.
- When water with groats reboils, lower the heat and cook porridge for 20 minutes. To ensure that your porridge cooks through evenly and does not burn stir wheat groats every 5 minutes or so.
- When all water cooks of and you know that groats are cooked through, add butter, cover the pot with a lid and set it aside to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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What do you serve with wheat groats? Wheat groats porridge is a perfect garnish; thanks to its taste, it goes with any type of salad, meat and fish. My top choices for salads being:
As for the accompanying meat/fish dishes, I look for a juicy savory gravy that comes along:
How to make wheat groats porridge with milk?
If you have never eaten porridge with milk for breakfast, it is a shame. Now, it would be the best time to start this tradition as wheat groats are a perfect ingredient for this meal. It goes perfectly well both in sour and sweet recipes. Here is an easy recipe that resembles the previous one, but with some minor changes:
Ingredients for Wheat Groats Porridge for Breakfast: 1-cup wheat groats; 2-cups water; 2 cups milk (of your choice); 1-2 tbsps. butter; a pinch of salt and 2 tbsps. sugar (or any sweetener).
- Rinse groats under running water and get rid of all the debris.
- Put a pot with water on the stove and let it boil
- While water is boiling, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet on the medium/high heat and add rinsed groats. Sauté wheat groats for a minute or two until there will be a slight nut aroma coming.
- When water boils add sautéed in butter wheat groats; season water with salt and add sugar.
- When water with groats boils. Get rid of all the foam, if there is any. Lower the heat so that water gets to constant simmering and cook porridge for 15-20 minutes until the water fully cooks off.
- Pour milk to the pot with boiled groats; thoroughly mix until ingredients fully combine. Groats are already cooked through and our priority now is to get porridge to a consistency that you want. After milk boils in the pot, I tend to cook porridge for 10 more additional minutes, of course constantly stirring (as I do not want to get burned porridge).
- When you think that it is enough for boiling porridge in milk; turn off the stove, cover the pot with a lid and set it aside. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
And here you have a delicious milky porridge for breakfast, add your favorite chopped fresh fruits and berries, some crushed nuts and enjoy! Besides, while the porridge is resting it continues to incorporate milk and becomes thicker, so make your decisions, keeping this fact in mind.
How to cook wheat groats in a rice cooker?
The easiest way to cook wheat groats is to use a rice cooker for the recipe. Well, not only a rice cooker but also a multi-cooker or any type of a cooker, which has a mode for cooking grains, will be a perfect option. The ingredients are 1-cup wheat groats, 2-cups water, 1/3 tsp. salt and 1 tbsp. butter. The recipe is easy to follow; you can see it for yourself:
- Rinse wheat groats before cooking.
- Place rinsed groats in a cooker cup and pour water inside.
- Cover the lead, choose necessary mode (“Porridge” or “Groats”, depending on the model you have). Set the timer for 30-35 minutes and press start.
- After time ends, add butter to the wheat groats and cover the lid again. Now use mode “Warm” for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy your meal!
The best advantage that you get when you cooking wheat groats this way is that you are not bound to check the cooking process all the time and you can make other dishes for your meal simultaneously.
In this post, I shared with you three different ways, in which you can cook wheat groats. Each of the methods has its peculiarities and own recipe to follow. I hope that the given information was comprehensible and easy to repeat at home. If you still have any questions left I will be ready to answer and help to understand.