Lalak (Persian Appetizer)

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Background info:

Southern part of Iran has a rich and ancient history. Lalak is a local favorit appetizer that is popular in the Bushehr province in the areas of Dashti and Tangestan. Sometimes it is served with a fish soup called “Ghalye Mahi”. Ghalye Mahi is made from a local fish which is similar to Tuna but tastes like Trout, vegetables, and local spices.
Lalak is healthy, low in bad carbs, low in cholestrol, and low in calories. You can add more dried vegetables and even cashew nuts or almonds if you want to. You can get some of the ingredients from your local middle eastern grocery store.

Following is a modified family recipe:

You will need:

One cup cracked wheat #1 (also called Burgal)
One teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Half cup soaked or cooked chick peas (optional). You can use canned chick peas
One teaspoon olive oil (optional)
One-forth cup goji berries (you can subtitute with cranberries)
One teaspoon red pepper (if you like hot food)
Half teaspoon garlic paste or crushed garlic (to taste)

Direction:

Soak the cracked wheat in water for about 10 or 15 mintues.

Drain the water completely.

Heat a wok pan or a non-stick frying pan on medium heat (do not use oil)

Throw the goji berries in the pan, stir quickly for about a minute.

Throw the garlic paste or crushed garlic, stir for about a minute.

Add the cracked wheat, keep stirring until all moist and water is gone.

Throw the chick peas in there, stir for about two minutes.

Add salt, red pepper, and olive oil if you want to.

Put it in a dish, garnish with radish and/or cilantro.

Enjoy!

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