Freekeh “Biryani”

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Biryani, one of my favorite dishes is traditionally made with white basmati rice and loaded with vegetables and flavor, One night I decided I wanted to do something similar at home, but using a grain with more nutrients. I turned to my diverse pantry and chose one of the most flavorful and slightly nutty grains, freekeh. I also simplifed the spices to make it more accessable. After making this once, I was hooked and haven’t looked back since. It has now become a “go to” dish.

Freekeh “Biryani”

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Serves 4-6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup freekeh (such as Earthly Choice or Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 tablepsoons grapeseed oil
  • ½ medium Spanish onion, chopped, about ½ cup
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped, about ½ cup
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped, about ½ cup
  • 4 ounces chopped green beans about ½ cup
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts
Directions
  1. Cook the freekeh according to package directions, set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over on medium high heat, then add the grapeseed oil.
  3. Add the onions, carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften, about 3 minutes
  4. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, until it browns lightly, about 3 minutes. Add the peppers and green beans and cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic garam masala, cumin, turmeric and ½ teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, cook until fragrant about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the freekeh to the vegetables and stir until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with scallions and cilantro.
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