Monday, November 1, 2010

Curried Apple Cracked Wheat

MaMa and I'll be doing something fun and then all of the sudden she looks at the clock and says, "Oh, no...dinner's in a half an hour! What are we gonna make?". This happens on an almost nightly basis (don't tell her I said that). Thankfully MaMa has a file of recipes she's been wanting to try, and she figures if she can, on the first attempt, get dinner on the table in 30 minutes then it can be classified as quick-n-easy. This recipe would be one of those.

One of the main reasons she could get this from recipe file to the dinner table in 30 minutes was that she always has a bag of Hard Red Wheat Berries that she's previously cooked, sitting in the freezer waiting for her. MaMa says that if you cook with wheat berries on a somewhat regular basis, it only makes sense to cook up a large batch and then freeze them. Not sure how to cook wheat berries? You can can watch this video or read this post.

Ingredients for Curried Apple Cracked Wheat:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 medium apple, cored and chopped
3 green onions, washed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
1 cup Joseph's Grainery Hard Red Wheat, cooked and then cracked in a blender to the size of couscous
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp sea salt

Directions: In a large saucepan over medium-high heat add 3 tablespoons of the butter, the curry powder, and salt. Cook for a minute or until the spices are fragrant. Stir in the chopped apples and cook for about 3 minutes, enough time for the apples to soften up a bit and absorb some of the curry. Scoop the apples from the pan and set aside in a separate bowl.

In the same pan, again over medium-high heat, add the remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir in the green onions, let them soften up a bit and then add the water. Bring to a boil, stir in the cracked wheat, cover and remove from heat. Steam for 5 minutes and then use a fork to fluff up the cracked wheat. Stir in the apples. Season with more salt and curry powder to taste.

Curry Powder on Foodista


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