BM # 73
Ingredients through Mail
For this addition Valli has come up with an interesting theme, where we send three ingredients to our partners, guess the ingredients and cook them . These three ingredients could be just anything. I was paired with Priya Srinivasan , she lives in Sharjah and fortunately I have friends in Dubai. I could request and send a parcel. Priya sent my parcel to Hyderabad which was sent by a courier to me. The ingredients travelled a long way.
When I received the packet, I saw three packets along with some chocolates. The first packet had some kind of wheat , I had never seen Freekeh, so could not name it, but Priya and I had a nice long chat and a hearty laugh. I was able to guess only one ingredient with its perfect name. So I really need to get well versed with international ingredients.
Anyway coming to today's ingredient Freekeh. This is also called Green Wheat . This is what Wiki has to say about Freekeh
"The wheat is harvested while the grains are yellow and the seeds still are soft; it then is piled and sun-dried. The piles are carefully set on fire so only the straw and chaff burn, not the seeds. In these controlled conditions, the high moisture content of the seeds prevents them from burning. Next, the roasted wheat is subjected to threshing and sun-drying to make the flavor, texture, and color uniform. This threshing or rubbing process of the grains gives this food its name, farīk or “rubbed”. Finally, the seeds are cracked into smaller pieces so they resemble a green bulgur.
The salad tasted excellent with a smoky flavor. My family who is fond of salads loved it and has asked me to repeat as and when I can get more Freekeh. I must Thank Priya for sending in such an interesting ingredient. Sadly the pictures do not do the justice to the salad.
Come back tomorrow to check out the second dish made from the second ingredient Priya sent in.
2 cups Freekeh, cooked
1 cup kidney beans, boiled
1/2 cup corn kernels, boiled
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped finely.
1/4 cup onions
Salt to taste.
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup coriander leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
Soak the Freekeh for an hour, then boil it till done.
Blend the dressing ingredients in a mixy, adding olive oil gradually.
In a bowl add the cooked Freekeh.
Add the boiled kidney beans, corn, bell peppers and onions.
Add salt and pour the dressing.
Mix well and chill the salad before serving.
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