Barley is one of my favourites and I try to use them in salads and casseroles . I use them to replace rice too. This one is like that and tastes amazing. You can serve this as a cold or a hot meal. After cooking barley , simply freeze them in individual containers or in bags for another day. You can take them to work and microwave to use a s a hot meal .
I always wash the barley several times and add water and leave to soak. (Remember you can cook with out soaking too.
After wash once and add water and cook until light and fluffy. You can add extra water and get barley water too.
I used pumpkin , Zucchini , capsicum and prawns. Dice the vegetables and wash the prawns.
Add salt and pepper to all of them and roast or grill them slightly.
After grilling the vegetables looks like this. Add some sultana to the vegetables to get a nice sweet taste.
Add some oil in to a pan and fry some onion and garlic and add the grilled vegetables stir well and add the barley. Stir fry one minute.
Serve hot or cold.
Barley pilaf is a well balanced hot meal for a cold winter. If you soak the barley before hand its so simple and easy to cook. If not it will take too long to cook. Meanwhile cook the chicken and prepare the other ingredients.
You can prepare the ingredients the day before and assemble everything together when you need. I always prepare the veggies and get ready for the busy week nights.
I used 250 g Barley for this recipe. Add some water to the barley and leave it to soak. After wash and drain all the water and add some water to cook the barley.
Cook 250g chicken after seasoning with salt and pepper in a bit of oil .
After stir frying the chicken leave aside and prepare the ingredients for stir frying. I use done medium size carrot,, one white part of the leek, about 1 cup of cabbage and several leaves of kale or any veggie to add green to the pilaf.
Cut some onion , garlic and some ginger. Add some oil in to the pan and fry until translucent.
Add the prepared vegetables and some spices to your taste & stir fry well.
After stir frying about one minute add the chicken and barley on to it and stir fry well.
This is one of my favourite salads.I make this at least 2-3 times a month. If you do a big batch you can always keep in fridge to take as your lunch or microwave and have it warm for dinner.
If you want the barley water you can strain it while cooking before adding oil or salt. This can be served as a budget family friendly meal. If you want meat to go with it feel free to add some left over from a roast or some steamed or boiled meat in it.
I have so many vegetarian and vegan followers and I thought of uploading this specially for them.
Instead of having lemon and pepper add a a salad dressing to your liking. I normally add parsley in it. But when I did this I haven’t had any in my garden or in fridge. Be creative & Add other vegetables to it and make more nourishing let me know your ideas too. then I can try them too. ????
Serve warm or can refrigerate 3-4 days.