How To Cook Pearl Barley
Barley is a very versatile type of grain as well as being very old. Nomadic tribes have had barley as part of their staples for a long time even before it was adopted for beer brewing by the numerous corporations that we all know of. Barley is indeed a key ingredient in the brewing of beer. The fact that barley is superbly versatile means there are so many things that you can do with barley. Barley contains proteins, fiber, complex carbohydrates, numerous proteins and several vitamins and as such, it is one of the most nutritious grains. It boasts of an unique flavor and can be used in a wide range of curries, desserts, stews, soups, salads and casseroles. Another barley plus is the fact that it does not have cholesterol and is low in fat.
Barley comes in a lot of forms with pearl barley being one of the most common barley forms.The outer hull in pearl barley is usually removed. Despite the pearl barley being the most common type, it is further split into two other barley sub groups. One type of the pearl barley is that which tends to cook pretty fast while the other type is the standard pearl barley type. Pearl barley is suited in the making of some hot cereals like is the case with oatmeal as well as baked foods. The following recipe outlines how to cook barley pearls. The recipe is extremely easy to come up with and a good nutritious alternative to those who usually have fatty breakfasts that are low in nutrition. You will need only 3 ingredients to make the pearl barley porridge.
You will require 3 cups of stock or water, one cup of pearl barley of the regular variety and ? teaspoon of salt if you opt for water. In order to embark on this recipe, it is vital to note that it is not a requirement to soak pearl barley as is usual with grains such as the red kidney beans. Get rid of all stones and dirt that may be intertwined with the pearl barley. Fire up the stove or pan to high heat and place your medium sized pan on it. Into the pan, add the cup of parley barley, 3 cups of water or stock as well as the ? teaspoon of salt for those who choose water. Put the ingredients to the boil and then reduce the cooker’s heat once they start boiling. Cover up the ingredients in the pan with a lid and then simmer them under low heat for some 45 minutes after which the parley barley will be ready to it and extremely tender. Using a fork, fluff off the grains.
There are other ways of how to cook barley that you may find interesting and which you might find interesting. A good case in point is the soothing barley & chicken soup. The chicken and barley dish is the essence of all comforting home cooked food. This recipe is kind of engaging and will be tried out in another forum. Bon app?tit.