Front View of a Copper Bowl Filled ot the Top with Barley Pilaf Recipe with Naan on the side

Vegan Barley Pilaf

A simple Barley Pilaf made with fresh veggies and Indian Spices
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 713kcal
Author Healing Tomato



  • In a hot pan, add the oil and the cumin seeds
  • In a bowl, add the water and saffron.  Set it aside
  • Add the onions after 30 seconds, add the onions and cook until transluscent
    Onions in pan
  • Add the green beans and carrots to the pan
    green beans, carrots added to the pan
  • Add the shredded ginger and mix well
    ginger added to the pan
  • Cook for about 5 minutes before added the pearl barley
    Barley added to the pan
  • Add the Chick Peas
    Chick Peas added to the pan
  • Add the Turmeric, Cumin-coriander powder and red chili powder
    Spices added to the pan
  • Add the salt
    Salt added to the pan
  • Add the Saffron water
    Saffron added to the pan
  • Peel the Cardamom pod a little to expose the seeds in it. Put them into the pan.  See notes
    Cardamom added to the pan
  • Add the water and aquafaba to the pan
    Liquids added to the pan
  • Add the whole peppercorns
    Whole Peppercorns added to the pan
  • Close the lid and let it cook on medium heat for about 32 minutes or until all the water has dissipated. 
    Overhead view of barley pilaf completed cooking
  • Add the almonds, cashews, raisins and coriander.  Mix well before serving


- I used Cardamom with the pods because it add so much aroma. If you don't like the pods, just use about 1.5 tsp of cardamom seeds
- Your cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pan you are using. For best results, use a 12" or wider pan. You can also put all the ingredients after step 13 into a slow cooker and let it cook on its own for about 3 hours or until the water has dissipated


Calories: 713kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 957mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3305IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 8.4mg