This is a high-fiber cereal that can be used in a variety of recipes and is suitable for people with diabetes. In addition, this product is not only nutritious, but also inexpensive, which is why the retail chain Rimi shares a recipe for hearty barley pearl stew with vegetables and pork for weekend lunch.
Pearl barley is a source of health
According to the shopping chain’s health-friendly nutrition consultant, dietician Dr. Edita Gavelienė pearl millet is perfect for preparing various dishes. They are tasty, filling and very nutritious.
Pearled semolina is rich in minerals: potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, contains some B vitamins and slowly “releases” carbohydrates that lower the glycemic index of semolina, making it suitable for people with diabetes.
Nutritionists point out that pearl barley is a grain of wheat, so people with celiac disease should avoid it.
“Because pearl barley contains gluten, people who have to pay attention to the amount of gluten in the product should not include this pearl in their diet. Everyone else can eat pearl barley every day or at least several times a week,” said E. Gavelienė.
It is recommended to include pearl millet in the diet for children as well. “Great pearls contain all the substances necessary for the human body to grow. It contains iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and zinc, substances that are important for bone health and proper muscle function.
This product is also suitable for people with heart disease, because the combination of fiber, B vitamins and antioxidants is a healthy nutritional ally for the heart, and the high content of beta-glucan is responsible for the balance of cholesterol levels, “says the nutritionist doctor.
E. Gavelienė recommends adding pearl barley soup to the diet for those suffering from various stomach or intestinal diseases: “Pearl seeds contain soluble and insoluble fiber that regulates bowel movements, supports microbiota, strengthens the immune system and improves intestinal health.”
Quality and manufacturing methods
Diana Špūrienė, product manager of the above-mentioned retail chain, warns that when cooking pearl barley, like all other grains, it must first be washed with water to remove impurities:
“It is also convenient to leave the grits to soak in cold water for a few hours – this shortens the cooking time more.” According to specialists, many are still in doubt about how long pearl porridge should be cooked, but the preparation process. very simple.
“Simply pour the soaked grits into a pot and cover with a lid to let out a little steam, boil in water, and season with salt while cooking. In the meantime, it’s best to cook unsoaked pearl barley over a fairly high heat until it boils , then reduce to about 40 minutes. One cup of groats should be filled with 2-3 cups of water – this ratio is easy to measure”, advises D. Špūrienė.
According to experts, it is best to store boiled pearl barley in a sealed container. We can keep it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, and in the freezer for almost a month. In the meantime, uncooked pearl barley must be stored in a sealed container and protected from moisture and direct sunlight: “If you notice that moisture has accumulated in the package where the pearl barley is stored, throw it away immediately.”
D. Špūrienė noticed that pearl barley is usually bought for the production of soup or porridge. When choosing in the store, you should pay attention to several things:
“You can identify quality grits by their white-yellow color, they must not contain impurities. “Pearl wheat porridge can be eaten alone, prepared as a dish, added to soups, stews, seasoned with tomato or herb butter and various spices that will create a variety of groats flavors,” the specialist recommends in a press release.
Pearl barley stew with vegetables and pork
For the dish you need: 200 g of pearl barley; 100 g of carrots; 40 g of onions; 100 g of corn; 100 g of canned beans; Spices to taste; 300 g of pork; 2 tablespoons of oil.
Cut the pork into small pieces. Place in a heated pan, add a little oil and fry, adding spices to taste. Boil groats in salted water.
Fried onions. Boil carrots, grate with a beet grater. Mix all the ingredients. Fry for another 2-3 minutes. Delicious!