Steel-cut oats: I couldn’t live without them!
Is it any wonder I adore Moroccan Food, my first and most enduring culinary love? Who would believe something like this steel-cut oats soup made with water, some grain and spices can turn up such a fabulous dish?
Such is the magic of our beloved Moroccan seasonings.
Just like that French Leo Ferre/Louis Aragon poem/love song, “Oh douce et forte comme un vin!” (sweet and strong like wine), so is the magic of our food. Would you believe I made this for children in summer camp just a few weeks ago? My Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen Cookbook is chock-full of wonderful and incredibly healthy and simple dishes like this steel-cut oats soup.
This is a most unusual combination of flavors, and it works beautifully.
When we were children, we were often given this soup to fortify our diet. We made it with wheat or barley, but steel-cut oats are just as delicious, accommodate gluten-free diets and are ready in no time.
I have no doubt the funky Arabic name (Lahshou) will bring a smile to quite a few cyber-friends out there!
I have listed dry herbs:
I was hoping you would make it, as we did in my native Morocco, for breakfast, when we need to use our time most judiciously, and the soup ends up getting ready in just a few minutes, a whole gallon of it (don’t divide it: It freezes beautifully!) But of course if you have a little more time, by all means use fresh parsley, cilantro and mint.
Fenugreek (Halba) may smell acrid and pungent, but combined with the other ingredients of the soup, is simply wonderful, and is a superfood. It is easy to find in the spice section or in health food store, and is the essential ingredient in this soup, so be sure not to skip it!
If you use all fresh herbs, grind them all in your food processor in a flash.
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- 3 quarts (12 cups) water
- 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup ground fenugreek
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup dry cilantro, or a small bunch fresh, stems cut off, minced
- 1/4 cup dry parsley or one bunch fresh, stems and leaves, minced
- 1/4 cup dry mint, or one bunch fresh, leaves only, minced
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- Good pinch red pepper flakes
Bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium, and cook, covered, 20 minutes. Adjust the texture and seasonings. Makes a dozen ample servings