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I made this per the recipe except I added salt. I don't think it is like anything I have eaten before. It is like a savoury sweet and sour porridge with some texture. The family had a mixed response to it. The kids refused to eat it but the adults enjoyed it. I felt it might have made a good side dish to a middle eastern meat or chicken dish. I also wondered if it would have been tastier made with vegetable stock.
Very nice recipe even though I was out of sultanas and just put in more apricots. Even better for lunch today when cold with a little macadamia and flaxseed oil.
I made this in my rice cooker, which made it very easy ~ I just cooked the onion and garlic right in the cooker, then added the other ingredients. I needed to reset it, but no problem. I used brown rice, so added the rice at the same time as the barley and lentils. I thought it was delicious, the apricots added a nice sweet tang, and I had some Iranian sultanas that were perfect in this. My one quibble is that it needed a little salt, but that is easily remedied.
I just hate to give a one star rating!! Everyone in the family tasted this recipe and not one person would eat it. I generally will eat anything vegan, but I just didn't like this one. We actually had to throw it out. I may try this again but use only rice and barley, omit the onions and garlic, use lemon juice, keep the raisins but use apples instead of apricots. Also I would simply omit the sugar.