Red Hot Okra with Black Barley

Red Hot Okra with Black Barley

Red Hot Okra with Black Barley
Draw upon your Southern roots -- even if you don't have any -- with this red hot okra dish. Served with black barley, it's homecooking at its very best.
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6 servings

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups black barley (about 1/2 lb.) 3 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. ground coriander 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper Pinch of ground cloves 1 cup water 1 lb. small okra, stems trimmed Salt

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In a medium saucepan, cover the barley with water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the barley has split and is tender but still slightly chewy, about 45 minutes. Drain the barley and transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the saucepan and heat 1 1/2 tbsp. of the oil in it. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook over moderate heat until their juices thicken, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and cloves and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the barley and the water, cover and simmer over low heat until the flavors are nicely blended, about 4 minutes. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tbsp. of oil until almost smoking. Add the okra and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes. Season the okra with salt and stir into the barley. Season the barley with salt and serve hot.
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Ready in 1 hour and 10 min

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