Definition of freekeh in English:



mass noun
  • A cereal food made from unripened wheat that has been roasted and crushed into small pieces, used especially in Middle Eastern cooking.

    ‘cook the freekeh in simmering salted water for about 15 minutes, then drain’
    ‘he expects online sales of freekeh and other grains to triple’
    • ‘Chicken with freekeh, the latter swollen with the chicken stock in which it is cooked, is a remarkably good combination.’
    • ‘Add tomato sauce, cooked freekeh, 1 cup vegetable broth, bell pepper, tomatoes, and the seasonings (paprika, coriander, chipotle chili pepper, gumbo file).’
    • ‘The initiative will bring together the elderly women of the community with young students to prepare two dishes: Couscous and freekeh (toasted green wheat).’
    • ‘The shop is already stocking freekeh, the sprouted green wheat that has replaced quinoa as the hipster grain de jour and is grown by a Palestinian farming co-operative in the West Bank.’
    • ‘Freekeh is normally eaten in place of rice, to which it is nutritionally superior.’
    • ‘This stops ripening, improves preservation and gives Freekeh its characteristic toasted flavor.’
    • ‘Like quinoa, freekeh is chock-full of protein, slightly nutty, and dead easy to cook.’
    • ‘Freekeh, an unusual green wheat, has long been produced in the region of Jabal'Amel in the south of Lebanon.’
    • ‘There's a freshly made sushi station with wholegrain rice or white rice, a Korean barbecue, and salad bar to create your own with black rice, quinoa or freekeh.’
    • ‘Freekeh, roasted green wheat, is an exceptional delicacy of the Arab world.’


Arabic farīka, from farīk ‘rubbed’, from faraka ‘to rub’ (the grain is rubbed between the hands, so that the husks can be blown away).