You can cook pearl barley in a pressure cooker. In this case, the cereal can be enriched with aromas, prepared dry or in broth. For example, you can put the grains in a fried vegetable, toasting them a little. Then water is added, in an amount equal to three times the weight of the barley. Closing the pot, it cooks for 15 minutes from the whistle of the valve. If you are craving a soupy soup, increase the amount of water by 4 times.
To cook pearl barley in the oven, the appliance must be preheated to 190 ° C. While the oven is heating up, bring 480 ml of water to a boil in a saucepan. Pour the barley into a ceramic or glass dish and then add the very hot liquid, taking care to mix everything. At this point add a touch of butter, salt and mix again. Cover the dish with its lid or aluminium foil. Put in the oven and let it cook for an hour.
Today we see together how to perfectly cook barley, or even spelt, two very similar kinds of cereal, even in taste. Spelt and barley, although they are very ancient cereals, have returned to our tables with a lot of diffusions only in recent times, rediscovered for their beneficial properties. Rich in fibre, they are cereals that rebalance the gastric system. They provide about 330 Kcal per 100 g of product, with a good portion of protein and very low-fat content. Being that they are also demineralizing, rich in phosphorus, potassium, calcium, it is recommended to include them in a balanced diet, alternating them with other cereals such as wheat, used for the production of pasta and bread, and rice. If we use wheat to make flour of all kinds, we prefer to cook rice in grain, and the same is done for spelt and barley, generally marketed in the description of pearl barley and pearl spelt, in this case, part of the fibres that cover the grain are eliminated, to make the grain not only more beautiful but also easier and faster to cook. Today we will cook pearl barley, the procedure is the same for pearl spelt.
Preparation How to cook pearl barley or spelt