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Freekeh with Meat

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time40 minsCook Time2 hrs 20 minsTotal Time3 hrs

Freekeh with meat is a traditional Middle Eastern Dish full of fibre and protein.

For The Meat
 1 lbs boneless lamb shanks
 6 cups water
 1 bay leaf
 1 small slice of fresh ginger
 Carrot peeled and sliced
 2 cardamom pods
 1/2 tps salt
 1 small onion, finely chopped
For the Freekeh
 pinch of ground ginger
 Pinch of black pepper
 Pinch of ground cardamom
 Pinch of turmeric
 1 lbs cracked Green Freekeh
 ⅓ cup ghee
 ¼ cup vegetable oil
 ¾ cup green peas
 2 tbsp roasted cashew nuts
 2 tbsp roasted pine nuts
 2 tbsp roasted almonds

Put the meat with water in a cooking pot and let it boil for a minute.


Meanwhile, boil 1 1/2 liter of water in another cooking pot and add bay leaf, ginger, carrot, cardamom and salt.


Remove the meat from the first pot and put it in the second with spices and then cover and cook over medium heat for one hour.


Soak the Freekeh in water for 3 minutes, then wash and drain.


Heat the oil and half the amount of ghee a tablespoon in the pot and fry the freekeh for 3 minutes over low heat until all the grains are coated in oil. But be careful not to become brown.


Pour 3 1/2 cup of meat broth over the freekeh. Add the spices then cover and simmer for one hour without stirring.


In the meantime, cook the green peas in boiling water with 1/4 tsp of salt, drain and set aside.


Stir the mixture gently after an hour and add the rest of the ghee to the freekeh while stirring.


Transfer freekeh to a serving dish. Top with meat and garnish with green peas, cashew nuts, pine nuts, and almonds. Serve hot.

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