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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

2 Comments 15 January 2012

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When is Tu Bishvat this year?

Friday Evening at nightfall January 25! Mark your calendars!

 

Here’s a head start to your Sheva Minim menu!

I made this recipe last year for Tu Bishvat and it was a great hit- everyone who was health conscious and was watching their waistline knew that this slightly sweet grain salad would nudge them to pass on dessert.

Found in the grain aisle (where you would find legumes, beans, quinoa, etc.), this often overlooked alternative for rice has many nutritious benefits. Wheat berries are the kernels of wheat that originate from the wheat plant. Because they are not processed, they are packed with fiber and all the nutrients that usually get lost in the process of making flour. Inspired by Tu B’shvat, I came up with a sweet pilaf that includes all of the Sheva Minim, the Seven Species of fruits and grains that are special to Israel.

This kosher recipe makes a large bowl of pilaf. If you are only making it for two people and do not want a lot of leftovers, I suggest halving it. Also, I always love using fresh fruits, but if no fresh figs are available in your area, you can always find dried ones. Just remember that dried fruits are often sweeter than fresh, so change the recipe accordingly.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 box of fresh figs
  • 1 cup pitted chopped dates (I like to thinly slice them width-wise to create rings)
  • 1 cup grapes or 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds and/or 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Kosher Recipe

Directions cont’d

Cook the wheat berries and barley according to their package directions in two separate pots (usually the barley takes half an hour longer to cook so put that up first). While the grains are simmering, take out a large glass bowl and whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and some salt and pepper. When grains are tender and still hot, dump them into the glass bowl, give them a mix, and let it sit to absorb the flavors. Meanwhile, cut up all of the fruits, then add them to the mix. I drizzled pomegranate juice on top to give it a little bit more sweetness and flavor. Enjoy!

 

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  1. Blima says:

    It looks delicious may I ask how you check your figs for bugs as i heard it is impossible?

  2. Renana says:

    so yummy and so healthy! thanks a lot


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