Middle Eastern Barley, Lentil, & Rice Casserole
I saw this in the "8 Week Cholesterol Cure" and thought it sounded good, but was skeptical of it passing the 'husband and kid test.' To my amazement, they loved it and left nary a scrap in the pot. A nice blend of sweet and savory.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄2 cup dried lentils
- 1⁄2 cup pearl barley
- 1⁄2 cup long-grain rice
- 1⁄4 cup chopped dried apricot
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (I used golden sultanas)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried mint
- Heat oil in a medium-large saucepan (I used a 2Q pan and it was just right; I've also sauteed in water instead of oil).
- Add onion and garlic; cook& stir 2 min.
- Stir in cinnamon, sugar, and 4 c water.
- Add lentils and barley.
- Bring to boil on med heat; reduce heat to low.
- Cover and simmer gently for 20 min.
- Add rice, apricots, raisins, and mint; stir.
- Simmer, covered, 20 more min or until all the ingredients are tender and have absorbed the liquid.
- Season to taste with pepper.
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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.Reply
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.Reply
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.Reply
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