Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Radha's Fit Rice Substitute: Barley Pilaf

Barley has too many health benefits to be ignored. It should become an integral part of ones kitchen. Radha Rayasam. This pilaf has passed the kid test at my home. Even my friends's kids approved of it. So I will consider this a hit. The health benefits of mushrooms are many too. Hence I use mushroom broth when available. Water will suffice, but any other broth will add more flavor to this dish. I recently ate a coconut rice in which they had added raisins, I must tell you, I was blown away by the taste. I tried adding raisins to this dish too, and it did not disappoint. Coconut milk may also be added for a different flavor. You can play quite a bit with this dish, bottom line is, you are eating barley and not white rice. Your body needs barley.


1 1/2 Cups Pearl Barley (Try it with the hull too, needs some getting used to)
1 medium onion Chopped finely
1/2 Cup Chopped carrots
1/2 cup, chopped peas
1 tsp All Spice + 1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Turmeric + 2 tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper
Cashews lightly fried in ghee, 10
Raisins fried in ghee, 10
1 Bay Leaf
2 tsp Olive Oil
Water or Broth, 3 Cups
Salt, as required

Heat a Pressure Pan and add oil. To the oil, add bay leaf.
Add Onions and fry till tranparent.
Now toss the carrots and peas and saute a little.
Add salt and powdered spices.
Mix in washed Barley and saute for a minute.
Add water / broth and put the lid on.
Cook on medium flame for 2 whistles.
Wait till pressure is completely relieved,
Garnish with cashews and raisins.

Use instead of Rice. Serve with your favorite curry or seared fish

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