We are making some Freekh Fry, Y’all!
Indian food is popular and everyone enjoys the blend of aromatic spices, that results in a scrumptious and mouth watering dishes. The popular grain used in Indian cooking is dal (lentils).
Dal comes in many types, colors, and shapes, some are black others are white, and you will find the perfect recipe for each in the Indian kitchen. Dal is healthy, filling and in my opinion, it gives the same satisfaction as when eating meat.
Today, with all respect to dal, I replaced it with freekeh. Please check my previous posts on freekeh to find out more about this grain.
Making Freekeh Fry
Freekeh is an amazing grain, and if you are trying to lose weight, freekeh will help you for sure. Freekeh will keep you full for a long time, it absorbs the flavors you add to it very nicely.
Please try this recipe and let me know how you liked it, maybe freekeh is new to you but when you learn how to cook it, it might become your favorite grain.
- 1/2 cup uncooked freekeh I have used whole freekeh
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 1 large tomato finely chopped remove the seeds
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon oil
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 green chili cut in half
- 2 dry red chilies
- Black pepper powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
- 3 1/2 cups hot water
- - Pour enough boiling water on freekeh to totally cover it. Let it soak over night. Drain the freekeh before the next step.
- - In a saucepan, add 3 1/2 cups hot water, when it comes to a boil add salt, freekeh, turmeric, ginger, and green chili. Let it cook for 40 minutes.
- - In a different pan, add the butter and oil, when hot add the cumin seeds, stir for few seconds then add the onions.
- - When onion is translucent and soft, add the dry chilies and garlic. Stir for few seconds.
- - Add the tomatoes. Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes soften.
- - Add the boiled freekeh to the tomatoes. Careful it will splatter. Stir for 3 minutes.
- - Add the black pepper, garam masala, red chili powder, and salt if it needs more salt.
- - Cover and let it simmer for 1 minute.
- *If you want the consistency to by dry cook it more, otherwise you can add more water.
- *If the dish tastes a bit tangy, it's because of the tomatoes. Just add a pinch of sugar and stir, this should take care of the tangy taste.
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