What is Freekeh Ancient Grain
Freekeh Ancient Grain Nutrition
- Good source of fiber, providing 4 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup cooked freekeh
- High in protein, providing 8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup cooked freekeh
- Rich source of manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous
- A whole grain, providing fiber, B vitamins and antioxidants specifically lutein and zeaxanthin
How to Cook Freekeh
Where to Buy Freekeh
With the popularity of freekeh these days, many stores carry this whole grain. You can find freekeh in Middle Eastern stores, whole foods stores, health food stores or online.
Freekeh with Meat: Authentic Syrian Freekeh Pilaf
Enjoy a delicious and flavorful ethnic Syrian freekeh pilaf.
- 1 cup freekah
- 2.5 cups broth (or water)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup frozen green peas
- 1/2 cup pine nuts and/or slivered almonds optional
- ½ pound lamb or beef stew pieces
To cook the lamb stew pieces use a pressure cooker or simmer in pot until tender, around 30-45 minutes (you may use this broth to cook the freekeh).
Sort out the freekah for any small rocks, then rinse well.
In a pot, roast the freekeh with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
Add broth or water 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.
In another bowl steam or microwave green peas for 1-2 minutes.
In a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and add the pine nuts and slivered almonds. Roast for a minute or until they turn a light golden brown color. Place to the side.
Once freekeh is cooked, fluff with a fork and place in a main serving dish.
Decorate the pilaf with cooked lamb pieces, green peas, and nuts. Enjoy!
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.