Curried Barley Veggie Salad

11 Aug

DSCN2245A hot summer afternoon, do not feel like turning on the stove, yet craving for a hearty lunch…..I bet many of you feel the same way sometimes.  Well, today was definitely one of those lazy days.  I knew I had a cup of cooked barley and some veggies.  Barley, two little eggplants, one red bell pepper, some scallions, cilantro, fresh garlic and ginger….I knew I could come up with lunch, but yes, the stove must be turned on.  And, this is how the colorful barley salad became lunch with leftovers for another day!DSCN2241I find it easier to write an unscripted recipe, because that is how I cook most of the time.  A little of this, a pinch of that, some broth, etc. etc.  Here I chopped some scallions and tossed into a hot pan with olive oil, followed by minced ginger and garlic.  A couple of minutes later in went the diced red bell pepper followed by the diced eggplant.  Sprinkled some salt and red pepper flakes.  When the veggies were softened, I added some curry powder and gave it all a good stir.  I let the curry do its magic and when the aroma had wafted all over the kitchen, added the cooked barley and heated it through.DSCN2247Garnished the salad with some chopped cilantro and toasted cashews.  It was delicious at room temperature. The cashews were an afterthought — but absolutely worth it.DSCN2242


Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


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3 responses to “Curried Barley Veggie Salad

  1. Indira

    September 14, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Looks very colorful but I don’t know what is cilantro and scallions , is it available in India. If not, any substitute?

    • Shaanthz

      September 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Indira, cilantro is fresh ‘dhania’ which is used in Indian cooking. Scallions are green onion shoots,also available in India (see the green chopped shoots next to the red bell pepper in the 2nd picture). You can substitute onions if you cannot find green onion. I hope you try it out.

      • Indira

        September 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        Thanks Shaanthz, now i understand. I’ll try this.


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