Article Contents

  • 1 Subtleties cooking
  • 2 classic recipe
  • 3 Modern recipes
    • 3.1 On the water
    • 3.2 with bacon and onions
    • 3.3 With mushrooms

This herb belongs to the first domesticated by man.The diet of people barley or whole grain barley, there was more than 17 thousand years ago.To use it for food in ancient Egypt, and ancient Romans considered the best food for gladiators.The latter, incidentally, were called «hordearii», which means nothing else than the "barley men".

In Russia consumption culture pearl barley has been lost in the XIII century.The most valuable cereal, grown in vast fields of the Finno-Ugric peoples, replace wheat and lentils.Although the narrow circles, mainly the nobility, dishes from barley grains continued to cook.It is a favorite barley porridge of Peter I, and its name is derived from the English term "pearled barley" or "Pearl" for the resemblance of rounded, dense nucleoli marine jewel.

Subtleties cooking

According theorist William Pokhleb

kin cooking, the question of how to cook barley porridge, is extremely simple.But it takes a long time, although most of it cereal preparing itself, without any participation of housewives.To prepare a delicious barley, should take into account a few of its features.

  • Always soak the cereal .Without soaking it turns thick, too hard, it does not fall apart.It is better to leave it in water overnight - up to 12 hours, with a pour cup barley liter of cold water.
  • Use proportions based on the desired consistency .If you need a crumbly mess, take 2.5 cups of water per cup of soaked grains.The liquid obtained by the addition of four glasses of water.
  • Follow time.The classic recipe requires long boiling of the product, up to 6 hours.It seems that under current conditions it is impossible, so the hostess found their answer to the question, how to cook barley porridge.For pre-soaked kernels enough 45 minutes to bring the boiling until tender.
  • Leave porridge "rest» .After turning off the fire is necessary to put a pan in a warm place.You can wrap her with a blanket.The longer the dish will be well stewed, the tastier get porridge made from pearl barley.The ideal is to become a pearl color kernels that do not crunch on the teeth, and scattered in the mouth.
  • Cook it on the stove or in the oven .Barley - is one of the few cereals, cook in the microwave which is impossible.But in the oven, it turns out perfect.On the stove, it can be cooked on an open fire or on the classic recipe - in a water bath.
  • Refuel grits with butter .It is considered the best accompaniment for barley side dish, saturates his gentle, creamy taste.
Improper cooking grits hardens, nucleoli are transformed into "bullet".This happens because in the process of boiling the rich "filling" protein folds, like legumes.To prevent this, cook the porridge should be exclusively on low heat or water bath.

classic recipe

process of cooking the classic technique described by William Pohlebkin seems incredibly long.But you may want to try, how to cook barley porridge with a prescription for which it is highly prized in the ancient world and respected Peter I. We say that the dish of the day and begin porridge.

you will need:

  • pearl barley - 1 cup;
  • cold water - 1 liter;
  • milk - 2 liters;
  • cream - 100 ml;
  • oil - 50 g


  1. Rinse the barley, soak in a liter of cold water.Steep it to 12 hours.The water drain.
  2. Warm the milk to 40 °, it vsypte prepared cereals.
  3. Bring to a boil, boil 5 minutes with the lid open on a big fire.
  4. Enter the water in a pot large diameter, Boil.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid grains, put in a large pan of boiling water (in a water bath).
  6. Tomita with the lid closed for 6 hours.Periodically just blow the water in a large saucepan.
  7. Fill rump cream, butter, stir evenly.

In the classic recipe barley porridge with milk, there is one drawback.In preparation spent a lot of time, in fact, a practical mistress participation in the process a little.Six hours languishing cereal itself, only need to control the amount of water in a water bath.

try to cook barley for traditional technology only once, you will hardly be able to give up this recipe.Taste dishes will be for you an unexpected discovery, a delicate grain, melt in your mouth, it will want to try again and again.

Modern recipes

But if time is too limited, and dinner is scheduled cooking porridge from barley, the recipe can be adapted to modern realities.We invite you to cooking techniques crisp garnish on the water, dishes dressed with onions and mushrooms.

On the water

quickly and with a good result will be held cooking pearl barley porridge on the water, if you soak it overnight.If you forget to do this, try the following cooking techniques.The washed grits boil for 3 minutes in boiling water, then drain the water.Then pour fresh, cold and boil on low heat for 1 hour.Remove the pan from the heat, wrap up on 30 minutes.

Flavour cereal is not revealed completely, without soaking, but for quick results, this method has the right to life.To get a taste of a more worthy, use this recipe.

you will need:

  • pearl barley - 1 cup;
  • water for soaking - 1 liter;
  • water for boiling - 3 cups;
  • salt, butter.


  1. Soak barley for 12 hours.
  2. Rinse, cover with cold water, put on fire.
  3. Allow the water to boil over high heat, reduce it, boil 60 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, wrap a blanket under the cover, leave for 30 minutes.

This porridge recipe Barley become versatile side dish to meat, vegetable dishes.To maximize core seethe let rump as long as possible be well stewed in a blanket.

with bacon and onions

Try to cook barley in the oven for this recipe.If you do not like the fat as a filling, use the pre-fried pieces of meat with onions.Ready meals in a pot, and serve it on the table can be in it though.

you will need:

  • pearl barley - 2 cups;
  • water for soaking - 2 liters;
  • water for cooking - 1 liter;
  • onions - 1 large head;
  • fat - 200 g;
  • salt - pinch.


  1. Peel and chop the onion, chop the bacon slices.
  2. Place the bacon and onions in a pot.
  3. Pour over the prepared barley.
  4. Pour the boiling water, add salt.
  5. Put the pot in the oven, preheated to 180 °.Protomai 1:00.
  6. Turn off the oven, do not open.Leave it in a pot for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, wrap a blanket for 30 minutes.
  8. Stir the contents of the pot before serving.

In time to pull out the capacity of the oven is important that the cereal is not dried up.Reaching the availability in a blanket, it will retain juiciness, becomes soft and tender.


dish vegetable, vegetarian.But from this it does not become less tasty!Pearl barley is perfectly combined with mushrooms, onions.But just cook it.

you will need:

  • pearl barley - 1 cup;
  • fungi (mushrooms) - 300 g;
  • onions - 2 large heads;
  • water - 400 ml;
  • Salt - a pinch;
  • black pepper - 1/3 tsp;.
  • greens.


  1. Clean, chop onion.Wash mushrooms, chop.
  2. Fry the onion, add the mushrooms, cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour grits prepared in a frying pan to the onion-mushroom mass, pour the warmed water.Add salt and pepper.
  4. Tomita, covered 60 minutes.Check readiness for cereals softness.
  5. Fill greens.

cooking dish to be on a very low heat, then the barley does not "roll up".According to this recipe can be cooked and other cereals, such as buckwheat, rice.

Now you know how to cook porridge from barley.We hope your new acquaintance with it will be successful.And a valuable herb, rich with useful substances, will take its place on your desk.