Roasted Pumpkin and Barley Risotto

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


1 cup barley
1 small onion, diced finely
2 cloves to garlic, minced
big chunk of ginger. minced
1/2 teaspoon pink peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons fresh mint
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons sour cream
salt and pepper to taste


Cut the pumpkin, clean out the innards and place cut face down in a baking dish with a 1/4 inch of water.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes until the insides are soft and cooked.
Scoop out the cooked flesh and puree with the tiniest bit of milk to make a smooth puree.
Saute the onions and garlic in butter until translucent.
Add in the barley and toast for a couple of minutes.
Season with salt, pepper, cumin, thyme and oregano.
Add two cups of stock and cook until the liquid is almost absorbed.
Stir in the pumpkin puree.
Add the rest of the stock in half cup measures and stirring until it is fully absorbed.
Slowly, the barley will become creamy as the starch releases.
When you are done with all the stock, remove from heat and stir in the sour cream.
Serve immediately garnished with mint leaves and a drop of pumkiny-sour cream.




Alli Shircliff's picture

This sounds absolutely delicious!


I have been waiting and waiting the whole month to make things pumpkin-y! I have all these ideas in my head for recipes. Anyway, I was really thrilled to find this fab looking pumpkin and decided to start off with risotto for Halloween.

I think of risotto as a luxury not only because it is tricky to make and can go wrong so easily but also 'coz it takes a lot of patience and constant attention. As comforting as it can be, I consider it a special occasion dish and for this haunted day, I thought I would take a wee bit more time to ward off the ghosts.

By the way, here is a bit of trivia. Pumpkins are used to ward off bad omens and spirits in India too! Any new endeavor; house, car, business, is kicked off by breaking a pumpkin (white ones there) for good luck. We also hang a pumpkin, with a big moustached face painted on it, over the building to ward off bad things...

Ok! back to my pumpkin dish. Risotto, as you know, is usually made with arborio rice, a short grain and very starchy strain of rice. But, I didn't use it. I made risotto with barley. Yep! I discovered barley in a soup sometime back and fallen in love with it ever since. It has the same creaminess when cooked slowly but it adds a wonderful earthy flavor to the dish.

So that's my short story. Had a wonderful lunch of it and now am off to a scary party and some more pumpkins (carving this time) ... :)) Wish you all a cheerfully scary Halloween and fun times trick or treating! :)




Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 10:21pm


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