Vegan beetroot pearl barley risotto
Healthy vegan beetroot pearl barley risotto recipe. Creamy and easy dish for delicious dinner. Author: Krista,
Servings Prep Time
2 10min
Cook Time Passive Time
40min* (check notes) 5min
Servings Prep Time
2 10min
Cook Time Passive Time
40min* (check notes) 5min
  • 1 small onion(~150 g)
  • 2 cloves of garlic(~5 g each)
  • 1l hot vegetable stock(might happen that all of it is not necessary)
  • 250g of cooked beetroots
  • 200g of pearl barley(make sure that it doesn’t require previous soaking)
  • salt & pepper(the amount should be adjusted to your own taste)
  • some oil for cooking
  • 2tablespoons of canned or cooked green peas(optional)
  • 1tablespoon of unsweetened vegan yoghurt(optional)
  1. cut onion in small pieces and cook it in a frying pan in small amount of oil for a few minutes, then add crushed garlic and continue to cook for some extra minutes by mixing everything from time to time;
  2. while onion and garlic pieces are cooking, use food processor or vegetable grater with small holes to grate the cooked beetroots in very tiny pieces, then set aside;
  3. add uncooked pearl barley in the frying pan and toast it together with the onions and garlic for a few minutes;
  4. add in the frying pan previously grated beetroot and its juice and part of the vegetable stock. Mix everything, cover the frying pan with a lid and cook on a medium heat/flame for a total of 25 – 30 minutes (if not indicated differently on the pearl barley package) by periodically mixing everything and gradually adding additional vegetable stock every time when the ingredients have soaked it all in;
  5. once the pearl barley is soft, take the pearl barley risotto off the heat/flame, adjust its flavor by adding some salt and pepper, mix everything well and once again cover the frying pan with a lid, in such a way by letting the pearl barley risotto rest for 5 minutes;
  6. serve pearl barley risotto as it is or together with some green peas and a few drops of unsweetened vegan yoghurt in order to get a contrast of mildly sweet and mildly sour flavors.
Recipe Notes

* the cooking time of the pearl barley risotto can change according to the pearl barley that you decide to use. The important thing is, in case you opt for pearl barley that requires previous soaking for several hours, don’t forget to soak it before starting to prepare the pearl barley risotto