Alternative Spellings



  • buckwheat groats, commonly served with bowtie noodles ('kasha varnishkes'); porridge

Example Sentences

  • Do you want kasha or rice with dinner?

Languages of Origin



קאַשע kashe

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


A word used in many Slavic languages (and cuisines). Not to be confused with kasha קשיא 'a tough, perplexing question,' which is pronounced the same way.

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