Bean & Pearl Barley Stew with Kale

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This vegan pearl barley stew with beans and kale is packed with goodness! Serve with a dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of chilli oil for a filling and tasty meal.

Store cupboard comfort food!

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White bowl of bean stew with roti and yoghurt

Grab a bowl of this stew and curl up on the sofa. That’s really all you should be doing on a weeknight in this crazy moment in time. 

This stew is packed with flavour and is super filling thanks to the beans and pearl barley plus the kale adds a hearty crunch. I like to serve mine topped with a scoop of Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of chilli oil. 

Will made roti to serve with this and it was the perfect addition thanks to the slight curry flavour in the stew. Scooping up mouthfuls of the stew in pieces of roti is the dream situation.

White pot of barley stew with a wooden spoon

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Why we love this bean & pearl barley stew…

This is a delicious vegan recipe which is super filling and delicious with so much flavour that you’ll never miss the meat!

It’s also so healthy thanks to the beans, barley and kale which gives you loads of much needed goodness.

You can add whatever you like to this stew or switch out the ingredients if you need to. If you can’t get kale then try spinach instead. You can also use any beans you like or throw in extra veg.

This recipe is also super easy to make and can easily be made on a busy weeknight.

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Barley stew with roti in a white bowl on a blue background

Pearl Barley & Bean Stew Ingredients

Oil, Garlic, Onion: What good recipes start without these three really? Fry your garlic and onion in oil until softened and you’re onto a winner, guaranteed.

Green Chilli: You can switch this for red if you prefer or leave it out if you want to avoid spice.

White Beans: You can use dried or tinned beans for this. I went for two tins of beans, use whatever type you prefer.

Pearl Barley

Spices: I used a mix of cumin, curry powder and bay leaves to give this recipe so much flavour.

Vegetable Stock: Homemade, store bought, cubes, pots – whatever you’ve got!

Kale: Chopped and stems removed.

 

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White bowl of pearl barley stew with roti and yoghurt

How to make vegan barley stew with beans

Fry the aromatics: Heat the oil in a large pot then fry the onion until soft. Add the garlic and chilli and continue to cook for a few more minutes then add the spices.

Add the beans and barley: Add the beans and barley and stir to coat in the spices then pour in the stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes-1 hour until the barley is cooked.

Finish and serve: Stir through the kale and allow to wilt then serve topped with yoghurt and chilli oil.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

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Bean & Pearl Barley Stew with Kale

This vegan pearl barley stew with beans and kale is packed with goodness! Serve with a dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of chilli oil for a filling and tasty meal.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 2 Onions
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Green Chilli chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 400g tins White Beans drained and rinsed
  • 70 g Pearl Barley
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 200 g Kale stems removed and leaves chopped
  • Greek Yoghurt and Chilli Oil to serve

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat. Fry the onion for a couple of minutes then add the chilli and garlic and continue to cook for a couple more minutes.
  • Add the spices and stir into the onion. Add the beans and pearl barley and stir to coat in the spices then add the stock.
  • Bring to simmer and cook for 45 minutes - 1 hour until the barley is cooked. Add the kale and plenty of salt and pepper. Serve topped with yoghurt and chilli oil.
Nutrition Facts
Bean & Pearl Barley Stew with Kale
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 58mg2%
Potassium 1323mg38%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 17g68%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 242IU5%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 224mg22%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    27/04/2020 at 11:05 AM

    5 stars
    Now this is my kind of meal. the flavors are incredible and it’s so easy to make!

  • Reply
    Farah Maizar
    27/04/2020 at 11:12 AM

    5 stars
    This looks so hearty and delicious! I’ll definitely try this out!

  • Reply
    David
    27/04/2020 at 11:21 AM

    5 stars
    Love the hearty stew recipe! So healthy too. I’m thinking I could use farro in place of the barley here? I have a good amount of it on hand and plan to make this soon!

    • Reply
      Amy
      27/04/2020 at 6:06 PM

      I bet farro would be delicious!

  • Reply
    Nart | Cooking with Nart
    27/04/2020 at 11:25 AM

    5 stars
    This looks delicious. I have some barley left that I didn’t know what to do with yet. I’m gonna try this recipe!

  • Reply
    Dolly @ Thrifty in the Kitchen
    27/04/2020 at 12:19 PM

    I have a bunch of barley in my pantry, and beans of course! I’ve been wondering how I’m going to use my barley since I feel the weather is a little too warm for Beef and Barley Stew. This looks yummy!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    28/04/2020 at 11:32 AM

    I don’t see kale in the ingredients. How much kale should be used?

    • Reply
      Amy
      28/04/2020 at 8:02 PM

      So sorry Sarah, I’ve just added it to the ingredients list, it’s 200g of kale!

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