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Farro Pilaf طبخة القمح او الفريكة النباتية

Posted by Julia Smith on

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This recipe is adapted from The Iraqi Family Cookbook by Kay Karim. Visit her blog or pick up a copy of her book to learn more about Iraqi cuisine & for more great recipes. 

Farro (فريكة) is an ancient grain found in the Middle East. It tastes chewy like barley. It takes time to cook between 35-40 minutes. 


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup parboiled farro
  • 1 cup boiling broth
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat olive oil in a deep pot. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the farro and broth. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until broth is absorbed. If the grains are still hard add 1/2 cup of broth and leave it to simmer on low heat for ten minutes. Turn off heat and leave it covered. 

If you are using regular farro, soak it in water for 30 minutes before cooking. Use 2 cups of water or broth to 1 cup of farro. Bring to a boil until water or broth is absorbed. 

Serve it as a salad or pilaf with a little bit of meat.

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