Freekeh is dried green wheat, harvested while the grains are still soft, then sun-dried. It is very common in the Middle East and North Africa, and is used in the same way as bulgur, couscous or pearled spelt. It works well as an accompanying pilaf or a salad, in this case with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, mint and spring onion.
- 200g freekeh, pearled spelt or pearled barley
- 1 litre water
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 4 spring onions, finely chopped
- seeds 1 pomegranate
- handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- handful mint, roughly chopped
- 1½ tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 tbsp pistachios, roughly crushed
Put the freekeh and water in a pan together with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until just tender. Drain and allow to cool.
When cool, mix together the freekeh with the spring onions, pomegranate seeds and herbs, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk together the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil and the pomegranate molasses with a pinch of salt, and dress the salad with it, mixing gently. Serve topped with pistachios.