Turmeric Pearled Black Barley

Turmeric Pearled Black Barley

Recipe by Ellie Markovitch
Course: Basic Prep, Side Dish, Main Course


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Turmeric perfumes the barley and makes a great side dish that can be eaten hot or at room temperature. Fresh turmeric should smell earthy, bright with ginger and citrus hints. Use fresh turmeric if you can find it. Add vegetables and protein to the prepared dish for a one bowl meal.


  • 1 Cup of Maine Grains Pearled Black Barley

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil

  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder or 1 tbsp of freshly grated

  • 4 cups vegetable broth or bouillon diluted in water

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • black pepper to taste

  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped

  • Garnish with red pickled onion

  • Quick red pickled onions
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1/2 tsp of sugar


  • In a pot, bring to a boil the bouillon with 4 cups of water or 4 cups of vegetable broth and the turmeric.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat up the oil on medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the barley to the onions, keep stirring for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue stirring taking care not to burn the garlic. Lower the heat if necessary. saute for another minute.
  • Carefully add the boiling broth to the barley and cook on medium low for 30-40 minutes until the grain has absorbed the liquid and is al dente. Add more water if needed.
  • Before serving, add the parsley and garnish with the pickled onions.


  • Quick pickled Onions: combine and marinate while the barley is cooking or make ahead and keep in the fridge

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By Ellie Markovitch
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