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Fonio grains are mixed with aromatic vegetables, sesame seeds, nuts, and raisins for a nutritious alternative to rice pilaf. Serve this with your favorite savory meat or fish dish. Fonio is one of the most forgiving grains out there. It reheats splendidly, too. This dish can be made ahead of time and simply reheated by adding a bit of stock and a turn or two in the microwave.

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15 mins
15 mins
30 mins
2 servings


Original recipe yields 2 servings
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  • Combine 1/2 cup vegetable stock and raisins in a bowl and set aside.

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Cook shallot, garlic, black sesame seeds, carrots, and almonds until fragrant and softened, about 4 minutes. Add fonio and stir to absorb flavors, about 2 minutes. Pour in raisins and stock and stir until fonio has absorbed all the liquid, about 5 minutes. Add some remaining stock and cook until the fonio is soft. You may not need the entire amount, depending on the brand and quality of the fonio. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Remove from heat once all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and sprinkle with fresh pomegranate seeds before serving.

Nutrition Facts

789 calories; protein 12.7g; carbohydrates 125.4g; fat 28g; sodium 263.6mg. Full Nutrition