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Freekeh – a recipe with an exciting taste

Freekeh, or frikeh, is a recipe with green durum wheat that has been roasted to give it the right taste. You can buy freekeh in Arab shops.
The recipe is traditional, with roots in Middle Eastern and North African cookery.
Kristianstad • Publicerad 2 mars 2023
Freekeh is made with green durum wheat and lamb or other meat.
Freekeh is made with green durum wheat and lamb or other meat.Foto: Sofyan Aswad

There are several variations of freekeh. Freekeh consists of roasted green wheat grains. The wheat is extremely nutritious, and it has a pleasant smoky flavour.

You can have almost anything in it, from beef,chicken or lamb to completely vegetarian, without any meat at all, and vegetables such as peas and carrots.

– You can vary the dish according to what you like, and add your favourite vegetables and spices .

Servera gärna Freekeh med sallad och youghurt.
Servera gärna Freekeh med sallad och youghurt.Foto: Sofyan Aswad

Freekeh (8 portions)

About 6 dl freekeh (optional type)

1 kg lamb

200 gr peas

200 gr blanched almonds

2 onions

Approximately 12 dl hot water

2 tbsp beef stock

Butter and oil for frying

Sofyan Aswad Resept
Sofyan Aswad Resept


1. Chop the onion and cut the meat into small pieces.

2. Boil up the water in a pot.

3. Put in the meat. When it comes to the boil, skim off the scum from the surface. (The scum spoils the taste)

4. Add the onions and herbs/spices. Let it all simmer.

5. Boil up the peas quickly in a pan, then drain.

6. Heat the oil in a big pot. Add the freekeh and fry for about 4 minutes, stirring all the time.

7. Pour over 12 dl hot water + beef stock (the water should cover the freekeh by a couple of inches). Cover with a lid.

8. Let the freekeh come to the boil. Reduce the heat to low. Let it steam slowly for about an hour.

9. Add herbs/spices to taste. Add more stock or salt if required.

10. Fry the almonds golden-brown in a frying-pan.

11. Put the freekeh on a serving-dish, then place the meat on top, and garnish with almonds and peas.

Serve freekeh with a salad and yoghurt if you wish.

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