Wild, Brown, Kamut and Spelt Berry Pilaf
Recently when I was talking to Divs of Dil Se about our love for whole grains, I realized that though I enjoyed them in many ways, I had for some unknown reason not posted as many main course dishes like I had done in Baking. So I thought I will post few of them which I enjoy often during Breakfast, Lunch etc. I have mentioned so many times that my lunches are mostly lazy man's meal. Something I can just throw together with ease. Something which does not need my constant attention and gives me scope for multi tasking. At the same time I do not like to use packaged or processed foods either. Quite a hard choice isnt it? So I choose the middle ground. Frozen vegetables. Pressure cooker. I dunno what would I have done without these two handy gadgets.
Wild, Brown, Kamut and Spelt Berry Pilaf
I do not believe in cooking any sort of legumes or vegetables for long - the nutrition reduces considerably. The best way to cook grains/legumes is pressure cooker. Not only does it make life so much easier for you, but its a healthy choice than stove top. This pilaf is cooked the same way. I had a wild and brown rice mix which I bought few weeks earlier. Wild, Brown, Kamut and Spelt Berry Pilaf I wanted to use it along with 2 more grains which was lying in my pantry for a long while now - Kamut (more about it here) and Spelt Berries. In many sites, I find that for cooking such berries, the amount of water is a lot and I almost always end up with excess water. For this recipe for 1-1/2 cups of berries/rice, I was advised by one book to use 10 cups of water (!!!!!!!!!!!). And they also ask you to drain the rice from the water and use it for cooking. Seems like waste to me. I used about 4 cups of water to cook the grains to achieve the chewy consistency which I like. Then added few frozen vegetables along with fresh ones with pecans make a nutritious meal. This recipe is by chef Peter Berley which I have adapted according to the availability of ingredients. Wild, Brown, Kamut and Spelt Berry Pilaf
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  • Serves: 4 people
  • 1/2 cup of wild and brown rice blend
  • 1/2 cup KAMUT® berries
  • 1/2 cup spelt berries
  • 1 cup Pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans
  • 2-3 garlic cloves,minced
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock/water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro for garnish
1. Although you don't have to per se soak the grains beforehand, I do for 30 min reducing the cooking time to 10-15 minutes in a pressure cooker.
2. Cook the grains.
3. Meanwhile take a skillet and dry toast the pecans. Set aside
4. In the same pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil and toast the fennel seeds. Once aromatic, saute the onions, garlic, bell pepper, carrot in that order along with salt. Cook them with a closed lid until slightly soft. Add the frozen vegetables and give it a quick toss.
5. Then add the cooked grains to the vegetables.
6. Give it a mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Before serving add the pecans and cilantro. Serve hot. Wild, Brown, Kamut and Spelt Berry Pilaf

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By Joie de vivre on Mar 19, 2010

This looks so hearty and delicious! Thanks for visiting. :)

By CurryLeaf on Mar 18, 2010

Wow,Love the pilaf.Here we are getting brown rice and I tried tabbouleh with it and it was excellent.Wholesome this is sweetie

By Indhu on Mar 18, 2010

one more winner of a recipe... love how mildly flavoured this one is :)

By sailaja on Mar 17, 2010

Very healthy & colourfull too.

By Divya Vikram on Mar 17, 2010

Wow! Thanks Dhiv. I was so much waiting for this recipe. Love you! Hugs!! Cant wait to try this after my exams. Did you check out the event I announced lately :)

Oh I did sweets! I sent it to you for that too - did u not get the mail? :) --DK

By Uma on Mar 17, 2010

Wow, love the looks of this dish. So healthy an wholesome!!

Thanks Uma - it sure was :) --DK