Barley Risotto with Calabrese Broccoli
For a classic Italian risotto, barley replaces rice. This is healthy and yummy, too.
Chef Vicky Ratnani Barley Risotto with Calabrese Broccoli Recipe

- 3

Cooking Time

-10-15 min


- Medium

Preparation Time

- 10 min


  • FOR Risotto
  • {2 cup cooked half barley, 1 spring onion whites, 1 sliced onion, 1 tsp butter, 2 tsp Olive oil, 1 tsp garlic, 1 orange chilli, 1 tbsp cooking wine, ½ cup vegetable stock, 2 tsp Fresh cream, 2 tsp Parmesan cheese grated, Few parsley leaves, Cracked black pepper, salt};
  • FOR The Broccoli Mixture
  • {1 cup broccoli florets, 4 to 5 sliced garlic cloves, 2 tsp oil, 1 sliced onion, 1 red chilli, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, Crushed black pepper, salt}


  1. 1

    Cook barley partially (half boiled) in a pan.
  2. 2

    ; Heat olive oil and butter in a pan.
  3. 3

    ; Add chopped onion and spring onion whites and sauté.
  4. 4

    ; Add chopped garlic, chopped orange chilli, half cooked barley, cooking wine, vegetable stock, salt, crushed black pepper, fresh cream, and grated parmesan cheese.
  5. 5

    ; Cook for some time and then switch off the gas.
  6. 6

    ; Risotto is ready.
  7. 7

    ; Add some chopped parsley leaves.
  8. 8

    ; Chop broccoli into small pieces.
  9. 9

    ; Thinly slice garlic and onion.
  10. 10

    ; Heat oil in a pan.
  11. 11

    ; Saute sliced onion.
  12. 12

    ; Add broccoli pieces sliced garlic, salt, crushed black pepper, and chopped red chilli.
  13. 13

    ; Mix well.
  14. 14

    ; Add some balsamic vinegar to the broccoli and toss well.
  15. 15

    ; Add chopped parsley leaves and transfer the hot risotto to a serving dish.
  16. 16

    ; Place the broccoli mix on the risotto and serve hot.
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