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Curried Lamb and Barley Grain Recipe

Fresh and deliciously different, this main dish can be made ahead and then baked before serving. Crisp cucumber and hints of lemon, mint and garlic in the sauce complement this recipe's appealing blend.—National Barley Foods Council, Mary Sullivan, Spokane, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours YIELD:4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • CURRIED LAMB AND BARLEY:
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • CUCUMBER SALSA:
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped seeded cucumber
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

  • 1. In a skillet, saute lamb, onion, barley and celery in oil until lamb is browned and barley is golden. Add broth and curry powder; bring to a boil. Pour into a 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until barley is tender.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the salsa ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with lamb. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (4 ounces) equals 336 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 531 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.