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Three-Grain Pilaf

This an old family recipe that everyone still looks forward to. The satisfying combination of brown rice, pearl barley and bulgur makes this tasty side dish special enough for company. -Mary Knudson of Bermuda Dunes, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/3 cup uncooked medium pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 2 cups vegetable or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry, optional
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion and carrot in oil for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the rice, barley and bulgur; saute for 4 minutes or until grains are lightly browned.
  • Gradually add broth and sherry if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; stir in oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until grains are tender and the liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley and sprinkle with almonds.
Editor's Note
Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 238 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.
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  • TerryH1387
    Jan 30, 2019

    A nice change of pace healthy side dish. I was asked for the recipe.

  • wrenjen523
    Nov 10, 2013

    Absolute hit this morning at brunch. Got asked for the recipe. Made one change, I almost never have dried oregano or basil on hand (as in next to the stove) so I usually use Herbs de Provence. Did today too. Also because of a vegan in my life, I used veggie stock.

  • jnejely
    Jun 19, 2011

    Fantastic recipe! I've made it numerous times and am almost always asked for the recipe. I throw it all in the rice cooker and it works great.

  • amy23renee
    May 6, 2010

    This was one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. I followed the recipe exactly. It was inedible.

  • 9999.123
    Apr 27, 2009

    Wonderful recipe: used it for gourmet club and we all loved it. So easy to do.