How to cook kamut: basic recipe and 2 other delicious recipes

Within a varied and balanced diet, cereals and especially wheat stand out precisely because of their high content and nutritional contribution, which means that they must have a good position in our daily diet. The kamut it's a simply excellent option - and wonderful - because It is an integral cereal that is characterized for being a very old and unadulterated variety, which means that it is a purer wheat variety of higher quality, and therefore much more digestive and nutritious.

Although its use dates back to Ancient Egypt, where it was already used and consumed around 5,000 years ago, the truth is that it has not been until the last years when its consumption has increased thanks to its cultivation in an ecological way in the United States. Moreover, today it is better known by the name of Khorasan wheat, your commercial name.

As regards its most important nutritional qualities, it is surprising for its high content of carbohydrates, proteins (although evidently in a smaller amount if we compare them with carbohydrates), good quality fats, vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and E) and minerals (magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium and zinc). It also provides interesting amounts of natural antioxidants, to which we also owe their heart-healthy properties.

While, on its most interesting benefits, we are faced with an integral cereal very rich in fiber, ideal therefore against constipation to help improve intestinal transit. It is a heart-healthy food, which means it helps reduce high cholesterol and triglycerides. On the other hand, it stands out for being a more easily digestible cereal, while increasing our energy and improving our mood.

Basic recipe for cooking kamut

Ingredients you need:

  • 1 glass of kamut
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 1 pinch of coarse salt
  • Optional: extra virgin olive oil

Preparation of the kamut:

First you must wash the kamut grains, using abundant cold water. Then drain them with the help of a strainer.

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan with the indicated amounts of water and cook with the saucepan covered over medium heat, until the grains are cooked and tender.

Ready! At the time of serving you can accompany with a splash of extra virgin olive oil on top.

2 delicious recipes with kamut

1. Cold chickpea and kamut salad

Ingredients you need:

  • 2 glasses of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 glass of cooked kamut
  • 4 glasses of water
  • 2 roasted red peppers
  • 1 fresh tomato
  • 1/2 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 6 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

preparation:

Rinse the kamut in cold water and reserve it. Put the water in a saucepan or saucepan, when it boils add the kamut, cover and cook over low heat for about 1 hour and a half.

Meanwhile we are going to prepare the dressing: squeeze a fresh lemon and reserve its juice. In a bowl mix the lemon juice and olive oil in the indicated amounts. Add salt, pepper and chopped garlic. With the help of a blender stir it and beat everything well. Reservation.

Cut the roasted peppers into several pieces. Do the same with the tomato after washing it. Put all the ingredients in a salad bowl and mix well. Finally add the dressing, cover and let marinate for half an hour.

2. Energy bars with kamut

Ingredients you need:

  • 300 gr. of kamut flour
  • 50 gr. of sesame seeds
  • 100 gr. of pistachios (raw, not toasted or salted)
  • 180 gr. of coconut chips (dehydrated)
  • 2 c.c. of sodium bicarbonate
  • 200 gr. of coconut oil
  • 70 gr. of water

preparation:

Put all the ingredients in the glass of an ideal mixer to knead without including the water and the coconut oil, mixing them well for 1 or 2 minutes and using only the shovel for the ingredients to mix.

Put the coconut oil in a saucepan and heat over low heat until it melts. Then add them to the previous ingredients and mix again.

Now add the water and mix again continuously until you get the mixture to separate from the bowl.

Place the dough with a spoon in individual molds to form the bars. Finally bake at 150ºC for 40 minutes. To finish, let it cool on the rack.

How to Cook KAMUT® Wheat | Bob's Red Mill (June 2022)