Freekeh with Grilled Vegetables (Frikeh bel Khodra)
Heat corn oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, and reducing the heat if necessary, until very golden brown and almost like a paste, 40 to 45 minutes.Advertisement
Meanwhile, place freekeh in a large bowl and cover with water by 2 inches. Soak, skimming any that floats to the top, for 40 minutes. Drain well.
Add the drained freekeh to the caramelized onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is just starting to stick to the pan, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Cook until the water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.
Toss zucchini, carrots and scallions with olive oil, pepper and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until tender, about 3 minutes for the scallions, 6 to 8 minutes for the zucchini and 15 minutes for the carrots.
Transfer the freekeh to a serving dish. Serve topped with the vegetables.
Tip: Cracked Freekeh: Made from young green wheat that's been roasted and cracked, this whole grain has a toasty, nutty flavor. Use it up: Use it like you would rice for fried freekeh instead.
1 1/2 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat