Vegetable pulav is a rice dish that is prepared with a variety of fresh vegetables that are cooked in Indian-spiced oil. It is often served as a side dish or as a main item with a side of raita. It is one of my favorite recipes. My vegetable pulav recipe has a higher ratio of delicious vegetables to rice than others to cut calories.
For a change of pace, I decided to incorporate barley into a pulav recipe because of its firm texture. Barley is healthy grain. It contains large amounts of fiber, protein and other important nutrients. I try to limit the amount of rice that I eat because it is lower in fiber and higher in carbohydrates.
To make Barley Pulav I simply boil the barley until it is tender. While it is cooking, I prepare the seasonings and vegetables. The first step, as always, is to season the oil by adding cardamom, cinnamon, dried red chilies, cumin, clove and bay leaf. Then I add my vegetables: carrots, green beans, onion, garlic and ginger. You can change the ingredients based on your preference and modify the ratios as well. Peas, small red potatoes and squash would make great additions. I let the vegetables cook at a low temperature until they are tender.
Finally, I add the barley to the vegetables. I let everything cook together for a few more minutes to allow the flavors to blend and absorb into the barley.
Barley Pulav is so easy to make that I can be served any night of the week. In fact, it is a terrific dish to take to a potluck as this dish can be served at room temperature and still be tasty. Your family and friends will love this dish.