Curried Wheatberries with Blueberries

Curried Wheatberries with Blueberries


  • 1 1/2 cups hard wheat berries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
  • 4 teaspoons gram masala or curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (to garnish, if desired)
  • 3/4 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 cups cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups Blueberries
  • 1/2 cups almonds, toasted (optional)
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cups mint, coarsely chopped
  • Ground black pepper to taste


Combine wheat berries, turmeric, salt and enough water to cover by 2-inches in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 55 to 65 minutes or until the wheat berries are tender. Drain and let cool slightly.

While the wheat berries are cooking, make the curry vinaigrette. Combine lemon juice, garlic, ginger and garam masala in a nonreactive bowl. Slowly whisk in oil and add cilantro.

To assemble salad, stir in enough vinaigrette to moisten the warm wheat berries. Add blueberries, almonds, scallions and mint and gently toss to combine adding more salt, pepper and vinaigrette if desired.