Fruited Barley and Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe

Recipe by justcallmetoni

I have recently made a concerted effort to introduce more grains into my diet. Both healthful and delicious, this makes a lovely side dish for pork or chicken.

Top Review by dicentra

I made this for ZWT2. Nice combination of flavors and textures. I used mixed dried fruit and sliced almonds. Thanks for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds or 3 tablespoons cashews
  • 3 tablespoons chopped spring onions
  • 24 fluid ounces water
  • 3 ounces wild rice, rinsed and drained (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 ounces pearl barley (about 1/4 cup plus 1-2 teaspoons)
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 12 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 12 ounces chopped dried fruit (one "or" a combination dates, apricots, apples, pears, cranberries "or" prunes)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a 2 qt saucepan heat oil; add almonds and spring onion. Cook and stir over medium heat till nuts are golden brown. Remove from pan; set aside.
  2. Carefully add the water to pan; bring to boiling. Stir in uncooked rice, barley, raisins, and fresh ginger.
  3. Return to boiling then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, or till grains are tender.
  4. Stir in nut mixture, fruit, honey, salt, and nutmeg. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  5. Fluff rice and grains with a fork and serve.

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