Oh, it has been quite long since I posted last. This break was full of new culinary experiences and I guess number of those new things would seep into my food blog posts in the new year.
Today’s post however records a brand new adventure. On Saturday, while on our grocery shopping spree, we also visited the Mediterranean food store. We wanted to replenish our couscous pot in the pantry. Of course, once we entered the shop and picked what we were looking for, we had to spend another forty minutes in wandering through z’ataar spices, Turkish coffees, tahini jars, and schawrma wafts. During this jump down the rabbit hole, we stumbled upon Freekeh. Always excited in diversifying our staple, we bought this packet of roasted green wheat.
The packet had mentioned the cooking instructions which were quite similar to those of cooking quinoa. So accordingly, I took one and half cup of freekeh in a saucepan and gave it thorough wash. As you soak it, you can smell its nice smoky aroma. So while enjoying that, I chopped up an onion, and washed a packet full of greens- baby spinach and rocket leaves. In a pressure cooker pot, I heated a dash of olive, and sautéd chopped garlic, bay leaves, cumin, a small dried red chili in it. Once the spices started giving off their aromas, I added chopped onions, greens with a pinch of turmeric and salt to taste. After the greens wilted and onions cooked to translucent, I added soaked freekeh to it and further sauté it for five minutes. During these five minutes, I could slice two preserved lemons, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives for that tagine like middle-eastern flavors. After these enhancers, I added three cups of water and put the pressure on the cooker. After five whistles and letting go off the steam, I had a perfect one-pot freekeh. 🙂 Preserved lemons really pair so well with freekeh.
It turned out to be a great weekday lunch which is light and tasty. Freekeh retains its smoky flavor even after cooking and adds to that a distinct nutty note. I would experiment with it more in coming days for sure.