Barley porridge with meat - a dish for the second of inexpensive and affordable products. I call such a porridge - Belarusian barley pilaf, because my grandmother taught me to cook it from Minsk. Despite the simplicity, it turns out awesome delicious! Right are those who say that to create culinary masterpieces do not need intricate adaptations and overseas delicacies, our grandmothers could cook a delicious dinner out of nothing, they always had and have something to learn.
A few important points to make the dish succeed. First, the barley for porridge must be well washed. Second, fry the pork until golden brown. Thirdly, pork is needed with fat to make it satisfying and juicy.
- Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Servings: 6
Ingredients for barley porridge with meat
- 800 g pork belly;
- 150 g onion;
- 3-4 cloves of garlic;
- 200 g carrots;
- 300 g of pearl barley;
- 30 ml of sunflower oil;
- salt, pepper, bay leaf.
Method of cooking barley with meat
Pearl barley is tasty in itself, but one drawback still exists - even in expensive varieties come across so-called foreign inclusions, that is, pebbles or lumps of soil. Therefore, we begin the process of cooking by sorting out the cereal - pour it onto the table, carefully examine it, then dump the peeled grains into the bowl and pour cold water for 10-15 minutes.
Drain the water, wash the barley with running water.
For pilaf you need lean pork belly with wide layers of meat. If there is no such meat, then it is better to cook from a spatula or low-fat ham.
So, chop the bacon for porridge in large chunks. Pour the sunflower oil into a thick-walled pot, throw the pieces of meat into the heated oil, fry until golden brown. If the bottom of the pan is small and there is a lot of pork, then you need to fry in batches. If you immediately plunk all the meat in the pan, then it will be stewed, and not fried.
We press the garlic cloves with a knife. Onions clean from the husk, cut into small slices.
We send garlic and onions to the pan.
Fry the brisket with onion and garlic for 6-7 minutes until the onion becomes caramelized.
Next, add the carrot sliced into strips, and fry again with the pork and onions for 5-6 minutes to make the carrots soft. When roasting carrots, the fat in the process of frying is painted in a golden color, it turns out not only tasty, but also beautiful. Now put the washed pearl barley into the pan, distribute the barley with a spatula or spoon in an even layer. It remains our barley porridge with meat only cook.
Pour cold filtered water so that its level is 2–3 cm above the contents of the pan. Another proven way to measure the amount of water is a cup. For 1 cup of cereal - 2 cups of water.
Add a few black peppercorns, a couple of bay leaves, salt to taste. Close tightly, bring to a boil. After boiling, reduce the gas and cook on low heat for about 45 minutes.
Then we remove the barley porridge with meat from the plate, wrap and leave to steam for 20 minutes.
Before serving, barley porridge with meat, sprinkle with a green onion or dill.
A good addition to barley porridge with meat will be lightly-salted cucumbers or fresh vegetable salad. Enjoy your meal!