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Freekeh Pilaf


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Freekeh Pilaf

I wanted to make a pilaf with the sample of Freekehlicious I got a few months ago and so when I went to check if anyone else had done it I found that Yotam Ottolenghi had one and I love his recipes so I went with it. He served his with some yogurt I didn't think it was necessary. Freekeh is another ancient grain that reminds me of a hardier bulgur.


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 35 min




  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Freekehlicious freekeh or bulgur
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup water or stock
  • 1 handful each fresh mint, parsley and cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted


Place the onions and garlic in the oil in a heavy large pot.  Saute on medium heat stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes.

Soak the freekeh in cold water for 5 minutes.  Drain and rinse well.

Add the freekeh to the pot and then add the cinnamon and allspice and salt and pepper.  Add the water and adjust salt to taste.  Bring to a boil, the cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove pan from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes.  Remove lid, fluff with fork and place in a serving bowl.

Add the herbs and mix well. Top with pine nuts.


Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 200
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 16mg
  • Total Carbs: 31g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 6g


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




10 Responses to Freekeh Pilaf

  1. I LOVE freekeh and cook it all the time!

  2. Does anyone know if freekeh is gluten-free?

  3. Where can I find freekeh

    • Stella -

      I am not sure where you live, but Freekehlicious can be found in Whole Foods – NJ, NYC, Conn., Kings in NJ, Harris Teeter in the Carolina’s as well as on the West Coast. You can also directly purchase it on our shop page: http://ow.ly/qivBE

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  4. Love grains. Where can we find freekeh? Will make very soon with bulgar. Sounds like this dish will be delicious.

  5. avatar says: Rebecca

    How can we make this recipe kosher for pesach

  6. avatar says: Marina

    I just discovered freekeh and it’s yum. Is it kosher for passover? I am not quite clear about that. And if I am not celiac but trying to cut out wheat and go gluten-free where I can, does freekeh wildly throw that off? I so far have experienced zero discomfort.

    • Freekeh is a type of wheat so it is not kosher for Passover and therefore it also does have gluten, but many of these ancient grains have much less gluten and many even celiacs have found they can tolerate freekeh, so if you haven’t had an issue you should be fine.

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