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Middle Eastern Freekeh pilaf

Author: Amira


  • 1 cup of uncooked freeka whole grains.
  • 2 Tbs olive oil.
  • 1 medium onion.
  • 1 large tomato.
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • 1 tsp dried mint leaves- crushed.
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder.
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder.
  • 1 tsp salt more or less depending on your liking
  • Hot water we will process the tomato and measure them then add hot water or broth until we reach 10oz (1 1/4 cup of liquid)


  • carefully pick freeka looking for inedible things
  • wash under cold water
  • let it drip
  • Cover with water let it soak for 20 -30 minutes
  • Cut the onion and process
  • do the same for the tomato - I got 6oz of juice DO NOT STRAIN THE JUICE
  • Over medium heat, sauté onions
  • drain the freeka and add to the pan Stir for 2-3 minutes
  • add salt and spices
  • add the tomato juice
  • Add water or broth to complete the 10 oz liquid
  • when it boils, reduce heat and cover
  • let it cook until tender and nice almost 20 minutes