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What is Freekeh And How Do You Cook With it?

by Toni Olukiran

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Freekeh is a great grain to get accustomed to, and can be cooked with to make delicious versatile dishes. So what actually is it? Read on for the full guide to freekeh, soon to be your new favourite kitchen cupboard hero. 

What is freekeh?

Freekeh is a type of grain made with durum wheat, it closely resembles bulgar in the way it is prepared and eaten. Freekah is harvested from young wheat, whilst bulgar wheat is harvested once the wheat has reached full maturity. Freekeh is made by roasting the young durum wheat which is then polished, resulting in a smoky flavour and slightly chewy texture. It is an ancient grain (it is referenced in the bible) and has roots in north African and Mediteranean cuisine. 

Is freekeh good for you?

Freekeh is a really good carbohydrate to incorporate into your diet if you are on a low G.I diet. It is nutritionally also a rich grain:

  • A great source of fibre (higher than in most other grains, including brown rice and quinoa)
  • Good plant-based source of protein  
  • Rich in key mineral such as zinc, calcium and potassium
  • Good source of B vitamins

How to cook freekeh

Freekah is like a lot of other grains in it’s cooking process — but the general rule is boil it in the ratio of 1 part freekeh to 3 parts water or stock. The result will be chewy, delicious freekeh ready to eat as a side, in a salad, or mixed in a traybake. Looking For a recipe to have with freekeh? We’ve got you.

Carrot and chickpea tagine

tagine on plate

This tagine is deeply savoury and super rich, making it a great meal for those evenings you’re in the mood to put your chef’s hat on and get stuck in. A medley of rich spices and a good vegetable stock are key to getting the perfect tagine, and serve alongside a generous portion of freekeh for a delightful dinner.

Image freekeh credits: runner's world
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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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