A comprehensive guide on what Kamut® (Khorasan) flour is and why it's making a comeback!
If you are here you have probably been looking into traditional flour alternatives. Not long ago, if you mentioned Kamut® you would most likely elicit a blank stare, but that is changing. Ancient grains like Kamut®, Einkorn and even spelt are becoming more popular and readily available, and for good reason. Kamut® or Khorasan flour offers a variety of health and flavor benefits and is an excellent option for home cooks.
What is Kamut® Flour
Kamut® also know as Khorasan wheat is an ancient heirloom grain. The version of Khorasan wheat grown in the U.S. is trademarked as Kamut®. It is guaranteed to never be hybridized or genetically modified and it is always grown organically. Khorasan wheat is known for its nutrient density as well as its digestibility.
Most likely originating in Mesopotamia, legends exist of Khorasan wheat found in Egyptian tombs. Farmers in Turkey call the grain “Camel’s Tooth” because of its shape.
What is Kamut® (Khorasan) flour made from
To make Kamut® flour you must mill the Khorasan wheat berries. You can mill this flour into whole grain flour or buy it in an all purpose version where the hulls have been eliminated giving you a perfect all purpose flour for cooking with.
Health Benefits of Kamut®
KAMUT® wheat is higher in protein than ordinary wheat and also has more essential lipids and eight essential amino acids. It is anti-inflammatory and full of essential mineral like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1 (thiamin), and vitamin B3 (niacin). It is also a great source of fiber.
Although Kamut is not gluten free, some people with gluten intolerance have noted that they can tolerate Kamut®.
What does Kamut® Flour taste like
Kamut® has a rich buttery almost nutty flavor which makes it great for baking breads, cookies, pies, you name it! It's also great for homemade pasta. The flavor is not overly strong and in some cases you may not even notice the flavor difference from standard all purpose flour.
What can you Make with Kamut® Flour
Kamut® Is a household favorite in my home. You can use all purpose Kamut® in any recipe that calls for all purpose flour.
A few of our favorites are:
- Banana bread
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Cinnamon Rolls
- pie dough
- Sourdough bread
- Sandwich bread
The list goes on... it's so good!!
¾ cup Kamut flour replaces 1 cup traditional all-purpose flour in most cases.
Where can you buy Kamut®
I have personally ordered and recommend buying Kamut® from these sources;