Freekeh is a staple food that has been eaten in the Middle East for centuries. It contains a lot of protein, fibre, minerals, starch, antioxidants and high level of iron, making it a very healthy choice. If you are wondering how to prepare freekeh, here’s some advice.
Cooking with freekeh is very easy. Freekeh is often cracked so it’s cooked fast. Simmering cracked freekeh in boiling water will take about 20 minutes to cook. If freekeh isn’t cracked, it takes about 45-50 minutes to cook.
In terms of flavor and texture, freekeh tastes like cooked bulgur wheat, although with a slightly grassier note and with a faint smokiness. To most people it tastes delicious, making other grains seem plain. It is similar to cooked barley, which makes it an excellent alternative to grains such as brown rice and barley in meals like pilafs, risottos and salads.
How do you prepare freekeh?
When you prepare freekeh, you use slightly more than a 2:1 ratio of liquid to freekeh. For instance, to cook a cup of freekeh, you should add about two and a half cups of water.
Like cooking pasta, some people like to use salted water, but you can also use vegetable stock for a more full-bodied taste. When simmering, cover with a lid and once the liquid is absorbed and the grains are soft, they’re ready to be used.