Pearl Barley Jollof

pearl barley jollof

Today is day 17 of me keeping to a vegetarian diet (I initially set out to do this till January 31st). I am enjoying it so much and not missing meat at all. I will most certainly have a predominantly vegetarian diet if I do eventually start having meat.

So today I decided to take a West African classic, Jollof Rice and put my own twist to it. Here is how I made it

You will need (This makes about 8 servings)

  • 300g Pearl Barley
  • 900ml Water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 125g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or chillies if you prefer)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or a few spigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 x 400g can of tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers (I used 1 yellow and 1 red)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 100ml vegetable stock or just water

Begin by cooking the pearl barley in a separate pot. It takes around 40 minutes to cook.

pearl barley

In the mean time fry the onion with garlic. Add mushrooms  carrots and fry for another 5 minutes or so

Add cayenne pepper and season well

Add tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme and vegetable stock. Leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes or so.

Add frozen peas and peppers. I like my peppers and peas to be just cooked so I prefer to add them right at the end.


Finally add the cooked pearl barley to the vegetables and that’s it. Simple tasty healthy vegetarian meal.

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  1. This looks yummy Fiso. My eldest son who is four asked me yesterday as we were having supper where the meat was. He did not sound very impressed with me. Have decidede that from Feb we alternate between, veg free week and a meat and veg week. I am praying it will work but for now we will also keep meat free until beginning of Feb. Enjoy the new diet!

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