If you are looking for the best ways to cook farro, you are in the right place. Today, together with me learn How To Cook Farro. In addition, you will also get answers to questions related to when cooking Farro and know more information about this wonderful cereal.
1. How To Cook Farro & FAQs
1.1. What’s Farro?
Farro is a type of whole grain wheat. It is an ancient grain that is larger and more oblong than barley. Taste-wise, it has an earthy nuttiness and bite-like texture.
This affordable nutritious grain is often cooked with water, stock, or broth. It is a befitting ingredient for making soups, risottos, vegan/vegetarian stews, casserole dishes, salads as well as sautés!. There are 3 different varieties of Farro sold in the market:
- Whole grain Farro: Bran intact & takes 3 hours to cook.
- Semi-pearled Farro: Some portion of bran removed and takes 25-30 minutes to cook
- Pearled Farro: Bran removed. It takes 15 minutes to cook but contains lesser nutrition compared to the whole grain & semi-pearled variety.
1.2. Should farro be soaked before cooking?
The whole grain Farro needs to be soaked overnight. The semi-pearled or pearled variety can be cooked with or without soaking!
- Whole-grained Farro (or any other whole grains) are soaked for 3 key reasons:-
- When soaked with filtered water and vinegar/lemon juice, it neutralizes the phytic acid present in the outer bran & germ layer of the whole grain which helps in digestion!
- Soaking also aids in breaking down the tough-to-digest protein – “gluten” which is present in whole grains.
- Lastly, soaking whole grains like farro reduces the cooking time by several minutes. When soaked overnight with filtered water (room temperature or warm), whole-grain farro gets cooked within 45 minutes while semi-pearled ones get cooked within 10 minutes.
1.3. Is Farro better for you than rice?
Farro is a good cereal for your health. It is better than rice and has much nuttier in flavor after cooking
2. How to Cook Farro on the Stove
- 1 cup of farro (semi-pearled)
- 3 cups of water or vegetable/meat stock (about 700-720ml)
- 0.25 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or butter (optional)
How long to cook farro on the stove?
Farro takes 30 minutes to cook on the stove. When soaked overnight, it requires 10 minutes to cook. At the time of cooking use fresh water instead of the same water in which the grains were soaked!
Step 1: Rinse a cup of farro under running tap water.
Step 2: Transfer the rinsed farro into a medium saucepan. Pour water/stock, season with salt, & drizzle the olive oil. Mix the ingredients.
Step 3: Place the saucepan on the stove over high heat and let it come to a boil.
Step 4: Once the liquid starts bubbling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Let the farro simmer for 30 minutes.
Step 5: After 30 minutes has elapsed, turn off the stove, uncover and serve!
Tips When Cooking Farro:
- A perfectly cooked farro has a soft yet chewy texture.
- If you notice some excess liquid in the saucepan after cooking is done, drain it! Do not overcook to evaporate the liquid.
- To save the cooked farro from turning mushy, transfer it to a rimmed baking tray and spread evenly.
3. Health Benefits of Farro
Farro is an extensively fibrous (especially Emmer farro variety) grain which supports the body in digestion and reduces the threats to Type 2 diabetes & cardiovascular diseases. As a protein-rich low-calorie grain, it helps maintain healthy body weight as well as aids in weight loss.
Farro also provides the body with Vitamin B complex. The presence of cyanogenic glucosides in the grain; strengthens the body’s immune system and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Now, that you are well acquainted with how to cook farro effortless on the stove; do try adding this nutritious grain into your meal plan!
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