Have you heard about Freekah before? Freekah is an ancient and popular Middle Eastern whole grain now being introduced in the West. Freekah is basically roasted baby wheat kernels. It is high in fiber, B vitamins and protein and has a chewy, nutty texture. It is a great grain to be added to side dishes or salads. Syrian freekeh is a main meal pilaf and is cooked with lamb stew and decorated with green peas, pine nuts and almonds. Below is the recipe for Authentic Syrian Freekah:

Prep time 60 minutes
Serves 2-3 people

Ingredients:
1 cup freekah
1.5 cups water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Dash of salt
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup pine nuts and/or slivered almonds (optional)
½ pound lamb stew pieces

Method:

  1. Sort out the freekah for any small rocks, then rinse well.
  2. In a pot, roast the freekeh with a drizzle of vegetable oil for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable or beef broth to the pot and a dash of salt. Cover the pot. Once the broth boils reduce heat to medium and allow to cook until all broth is absorbed.
  4. To cook the lamb stew pieces use a pressure cooker or simmer in pot until tender, around 30-45 minutes.
  5. In another bowl steam or microwave green peas for 1-2 minutes.
  6. In a separate pan, drizzle vegetable oil and add pine nuts and slivered almonds and gently roast for a minute until they turn a light golden color. Place to the side.
  7. Once freekeh is cooked, fluff with a fork and place in a main serving dish.
  8. Decorate the pilaf with cooked lamb pieces, green peas, and nuts. Enjoy!

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