Harissa Barley Chilli

1:20 h

Our Harissa Barley Chilli is your new go-to for meal prep or a family feast. Packed with protein-rich black beans, nutty barley, and aromatic spices like rose harissa, it’s comfort food with a twist. Big on taste and even bigger on servings, this is a great way to save time and money later on in the week!

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For the Chilli

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For the Cashew Cream

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To Serve

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Before you start

Microplane or garlic crush | Frying pan with high sides

Soak the cashews

  • Place the cashews into a bowl and cover with boiling water
  • Leave to soak for at least 30 minutes before draining
  • Once ready to use, drain before using

Prepare the ingredients

  • Peel and finely chop the onion
  • Peel and grate the garlic and ginger with a microplane
  • Rinse the barley until the water runs clear
  • Drain and rinse the beans

Begin the chilli

  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Once shimmering, add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook for 6 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further minute. Add the paprika, cumin, oregano, harissa and cook for a minute to release the flavours. Next, add the tomato puree and stir for a minute before adding the barley, beans, tomatoes, stock cube and 1 litre of water. Bring to a boil then simmer on a low heat for about 40 minutes until the barley is cooked all the way through.

Make the cashew cream

  • Add the cashews, almond milk and harissa to the powerful blender with a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth and velvety. Add a squeeze of lime to taste

Finish and serve

  • Squeeze the juice from a lime into the chilli, followed by the tamari. Taste and add more lime juice, salt and pepper as desired
  • Serve in bowls garnished with a drizzle of harissa cashew cream and freshly chopped coriander
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