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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Farro Pilaf طبخة القمح او الفريكة النباتية

Farro Pilaf طبخة القمح او الفريكة النباتية

Farro (فريكة) is an ancient grain found in the Middle East. It tastes chewy like barley. It takes time to cook between 35-40 minutes. I usually purchase parboiled farro from Trader Joe's and cooks in 15 minutes.
You can cook it with chicken, or lamb. I prefer to cook it  vegetarian.

1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup parboiled farro
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat olive oil in a deep pot. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the farro and boiling water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until water is absorbed. If the grains are still hard add 1/2 cup of water and leave it to simmer on low heat for ten minutes. Turn off heat and leave it covered. 
Serve with salads or as a side dish for chicken.
If you are using regular farro, soak it in water for 30 minutes before cooking. Use 2 cups of water to 1 cup of farro. Bring to a boil until water absorbed. 
Serve it as a salad or pilaf with chicken.

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