Jewelled freekeh pilaf

The subtle smokiness of Zaytoun’s Palestinian freekeh teams perfectly with tart cranberries and juicy apples to make a delicious pilaf that is also a feast for the eyes. 

Ingredients

• 200g Zaytoun green wheat freekeh, rinsed
• 2 sticks of celery, sliced
• 1 medium red onion, chopped
• 2 tbsp Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil
• 2 small apples, cored and cubed
• 1 small clove garlic, minced
• 400ml vegetable stock
• 200g dried cranberries
• 3 spring onions, finely chopped
• Handful of parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
• 100g walnuts, chopped & roasted
• Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cover freekeh in twice the volume of water and let soak for 15 minutes. Rinse, drain and set aside
  2. Heat up the olive oil in a saute pan then add red onions, celery and apples. Saute for 3 minutes
  3. Add minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste, toss together for another minute or two on medium heat
  4. Mix in the drained freekeh then top up with the vegetable stock allowing it to bubble for a few minutes
  5. Cover and turn the heat down till it comes to a simmer
  6. After 5 minutes stir in cranberries, cover again and simmer for another 7-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the freekeh is tender or al dente according to your taste
  7. Allow the mixture to cool then mix in the spring onions, parsley and finally top with the toasted walnuts

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