Pearl Barley, Kale & Lentil Stew Recipe

I’m not sure whether to call this a hearty soup or a stew but in any case it is yummy and perfect to make in advance for lunch. I have made it with and without kale, and I prefer it with. Not only because kale tastes nice but it is also a good source of fibre and vitamins.

I like to use a mix of grains and dried legumes which take a similar amount of time to cook; pearl barley, red lentils, yellow split peas, marrowfat peas, small red beans and small white beans. These are cooked with red pepper, onion, green pepper, leek, garlic, potato, carrot and a good amount of smoked red paprika that makes the stew completely delicious!

Pearl Barley, Kale & Lentil Stew Recipe
Yield: 4 Servings
Difficulty: Easy
Cooking time:

Ingredients

  • 9 oz mixture of pearl barley, lentils and beans
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1½ stalks of leek
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp (heaped) sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Maggi seasoning or tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley or coriander (optional)
  • 3½ oz kale (optional)

Instructions

  1. Finely dice the onion, green pepper, red pepper, carrot, leek and celery and cook in a large pan with the olive oil on a medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  2. Dice the potato into small cubes and add to the pan. Add the smoked paprika and mix well to develop the flavour.
  3. Add the water and the grains and legumes. I find you don’t need to pre-soak them but it doesn’t hurt if soak them the night before. It also makes pulses more nutritious .
  4. Cook on a medium simmer for about 45 minutes to one hour.
  5. When the marrowfat peas are tender add the chopped parsley / coriander and the kale. Cook for a further 5 minutes and remove from the heat.
  6. Add the Maggi seasoning or tamari soy sauce and salt to taste.

Notes

  • 250 g mixture of pearl barley, lentils and beans
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1½ stalks of leek
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp (heaped) sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Maggi seasoning or tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley or coriander (optional)
  • 100 g kale (optional)

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