Farro is a type of wheat that you can cook in a rice cooker. It has been around for centuries and was originally eaten by the Romans, so, as you might expect, it is popular in Italy. It can be eaten as an alternative to pasta or served with beans and vegetables, and it’s also grown in other European countries, such as France. In this article, I will discuss how to cook farro using a rice cooker.
What is Farro?
Farro is an ancient grain, but these days it has been gaining a lot of popularity in the United States because of its lovely, nutty taste and chewy texture when cooked.
The process to cook farro can be a long one (about 50 – 60 minutes) but this time can be shortened if you soak it before cooking for at least 30-45 minutes; however, it’s worth pointing out that unlike certain varieties of rice, soaking will not affect the taste.
Before cooking, it should be rinsed to remove any dirt or impurities that might have accumulated during harvesting and processing.
Like many other grains I have discussed, such as barley or couscous, Farro can be cooked on the stovetop or in your rice cooker but, as you might imagine, using a rice cooker is cleaner, simpler and yields better results so, this method wins, for me, every time.
Cooking Farro in a rice cooker is really very simple. Simply add adding water with some salt, bring the mixture to a boil, cover tightly so no steam escapes while boiling, then turn down the heat after about 40 minutes until cooked. Of course, many modern rice cookers come with a pre-programmed setting for Farro so, if your has one, simply pop the ingredients into the pot, select the program and go and do something more productive for an hour or so while it cooks.
Should you soak farro before cooking?
No. You should not soak farro before cooking it in a rice cooker. The reason for this is that, as I mentioned above, soaking will not affect the taste, and it takes a long time. If you are using your rice cooker, then you can leave the dish unattended. Whenever I cook farro in a rice cooker, I simply put the raw grains in and leave it for around 60 minutes.
What Can You Use Farro For?
Farro is a great addition to many dishes. For example, it can be served as a side dish on its own, usually with a few herbs and spices, or used to make salads. There are many recipes available online that use farro and all you need is the right proportion of ingredients. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a cheese and vegetable salad with Farro
Salad with farro,cheese & vegetables
Ingredients you’ll need:
- ⅔ cup farro, cooked;
- ½ carrot, peeled and grated;
- ½ cucumber, diced;
- 100 grams feta cheese (crumbled);
- ¼ teaspoon salt. Ingredients for dressing:
- 60 ml olive oil or vegetable oil ;
- 30 ml white wine vinegar or cider vinegar .
- You will also need 30 ml fresh chives or parsley (chopped) .
This recipe yields two servings. First, you will need to cook the farro. Add water into your rice cooker along with some salt then bring to a boil.
Cover tightly while boiling for about 40 minutes; then turn down the heat and cook for another 20 minutes.
You can also use broth instead of water to add more flavor.
Next, prepare the vegetables by grating the carrot, dicing the cucumber, and crumbling the feta cheese. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, such as a salad bowl.
Last, you will need to make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Pour over the salad and enjoy!
If you want to take things even further then why not check out my other great rice cooker tips such as how to cook barley in a rice cooker, or find out what’s the best small rice cooker. Whatever you want to use it for, be sure to secure the best deal and remember to look after your cooker with my great cleaning tips and, above all, have fun!