Leek and Barley Pot / Lonac sa porilukom i ječmom

If there was rice in this dish, there would be no problem calling it a risotto. However, since I decided to use barley, and wanted to avoid any potential confusions, I just had to stick with a generic name which is pot. This is something ideal for those lazy days (pretty much any day from Monday to Friday, in my book), as everything simmers in a single pot. Also, you can of course add any other vegetable or grain of your choice too. I just happened to be in a leek mood.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.74 EUR per serving / 4.45 EUR for all)

4 tbsp olive oil (0.18 EUR)

2/3 cup of finely diced bacon (1.33 EUR)

4 large carrots (0.40 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp smoky red paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp ground coriander (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

3 large leeks (1.33 EUR)

2 cups barley (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

5 cups water (–)

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METHOD:

Wash and chop up carrots, leek and garlic. Rinse barley in a colander and set aside. In a big pot, saute bacon on olive oil until crispy and golden. Throw in carrots, then cook them for about 5 minutes to slightly caramelize. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, Hungarian and smoked paprika, coriander and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute so the flavors bloom and develop. Add in leek and allow it to cook for about 10 minutes until it wilts down.

Now add in barley, salt, tomato paste, parsley and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer with a lid cracked open for about 30-40 minutes, until barley is thoroughly cooked through. Remember to stir occasionally and as necessary add in a splash more of water. Serve warm.

This dish will hold in a fridge for up to five days and also reheats great, so you can pack your lunch to work for a whole week, hooray!

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Da u ovom jelu ima riže, uopće ne bi bilo nikakve dileme i zvalo bi se rižoto. Međutim, pošto sam odlučila upotrijebiti ječam, da izbjegnem konfuzije stavila sam generički naziv – lonac. Ovo je jelo idealno za lijene dane (po meni je to sve između ponedjeljka i petka), pošto se sve krčka u istom loncu. Osim toga, naravno da možete dodati bilo koje povrće ili žitaricu po vlastitoj želji. Ja sam jednostavno bila raspoložena za poriluk.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 5,56 kn po porciji / 33,28 kn za sve)

4 žlice maslinovog ulja (1,32 kn)

2/3 šalice špeka narezanog na kockice (10,00 kn)

4 velike mrkve (3,00 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica dimljene crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica mljevenog korijandera (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

3 velika poriluka (10,00 kn)

2 šalice ječma (3,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

5 šalica vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i nasjeckajte mrkve, poriluk i češnjak. Isperite ječam u cjediljci pod tekućom vodom i stavite na stranu. U velikom loncu prodinstajte špek na maslinovom ulju dok se ne zahrska. Ubacite mrkve i kuhajte pet minuta da se malo karameliziraju. Umiješajte češnjak, lovor, slatku i dimljenu papriku, korijander i čili, pa ih pustite oko minutu da se arome razviju i zamiriše. Dodajte poriluk i kuhajte ga desetak minuta dok malo ne povene.

Sada umiješajte ječam, sol, rajčicu, peršin i vodu. Pustite da zavrije, smanjite vatru, te krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem 30-40 minuta, dok se ječak skroz ne skuha. Pazite da tu i tamo promiješate, a po potrebi dodajte i mrvicu vode. Poslužite toplo.

Ovo će se jelo dobro držati u frižideru do pet dana, a također se i super podgrijava što znači da si možete spakirati ručak za posao za cijeli tjedan, hura!

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Leek and Barley Pot / Lonac sa porilukom i ječmom

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