Freekeh is a roasted grain that has a chewy, nutty texture. The grain contains 3 times the amount of fiber and protein as brown rice! It's a healthy whole grain, much like bulgur wheat and other whole grains. You can add freekeh to soups, pilafs, salads, you name it. You can substitute freekeh to any recipe that calls for rice or just eat it plain as well.
To cook freekeh, use about 2 1/2 cups of water or vegetable broth for every cup of freekeh. Simmer freekeh, covered, for 15-20 minutes. When the liquid is absorbed and the grains are soft, they're ready to be used. Like pasta, some people prefer to cook freekeh in salted water with a bit of oil, but this is a personal preference. Whole freekeh (uncracked) takes about 45-50 minutes, while the cracked variety takes about 15-20 minutes to soften.