freekeh, almonds, olive oil

Zaytoun Palestinian Recipes: Freekeh and Leek Pilaf with Toasted Almonds

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“This is an appealing bowl of grains that smells nutty and rustic and savoury”

“Excellent nutty flavour with mild smoky notes and an appealing bite”

“Judges felt this would be a delicious alternative to brown rice”

“Lovely and moist with a back note of hay field smoke”

Judges from the Great Taste Awards 2017

Freekeh and Leek Pilaf with Toasted Almonds



  1. Pour 3 tbsp olive oil into a large heavy-based pot, add the leeks and soften for 10–15 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Rinse the freekeh and add to the leeks along with the stock and thyme and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over a low heat, stirring from time to time, for 20 mins or until liquid is absorbed then take off heat and let it stand.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan until hot, add the almonds and toast until lightly coloured, lower the heat and add the garlic to soften for a few minutes.
  4. Toss the freekeh & leek mixture with the mint, lemon zest & juice and season to taste. Top with toasted almonds and garlic, mix and serve.
  5. Optional toppings: Feta cheese, crumbled on top.

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