Curried Spelt Salad with Apple, Celery, and Pine Nuts

Posted by: EatFree

>> Vegan, Vegetarian

Spelt is another whole grain-much like the wheat berry, it is nutty in flavor and pleasantly chewy in texture.  Here I’ve combined some classic Indian flavors with some more European ingredients such as the celery and pine nuts.  This works well as a side dish for dinner or as a complete and hearty lunch!  Use whatever variety of red apple you can get your hands on but just make sure to keep it the size of a Macintosh approximately.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole spelt grain, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 Roma apple, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Cook spelt grain much like pasta-bring a large pot of water to a boil, add spelt, and then cook on simmer for about 45 to 50 minutes or until spelt is tender and al dente.  Drain, add salt, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil.  Add onion, celery, apple, and salt.  Cook on medium, stirring frequently, until all components are softened slightly.  Add pepper, raisins, and curry powder.  Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add apple cider vinegar and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.  Add about 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil.  Cook on low for 4 to 5 minutes.  Let all water evaporate towards end of cooking time.
  3. Stir cilantro off heat.  Stir in spelt and pine nuts.  Combine and enjoy!
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