Ebly risotto with kale and sorrel leaves

Kale seems to be plentiful in the spring and even in winter my local supermarket shelves are awash with their green leaves so I am always trying to find new ways to accommodate this super food.

Fresh offering!

I cooked this creamy risotto with my daughter recently and we decided that was one of our best Family recipes! Because it ticks all three criteria: it is quick, contains no more than 4/5 main ingredients and is a very balanced and healthy food.

Ingredients list

  • Drop of olive oil
  • Shallots, 2
  • Ebly (or barley grains) 200g
  • Water 400ml
  • White miso, 50g or two tablespoons
  • Blanched kale, two big handful- hard stalks removed
  • Fresh sorrel, 1 small bunch
  • Soya cream and olive oil to finish off
  • Black pepper and salt to season after cooking
Ebly is a wheat grain and makes a lovely change from rice. I find mine at Tesco. It keeps a crunch when cooked and has a nutty taste.
Fry the sliced shallots in a little bit of oil, then add the grain and water.
Leave to simmer while you do what follows:
Steam or quickly blanch the chopped kale (discarding the tough stems) and add those in with the freshly washed sorrel – or dandelion or rocket if you prefer: any peppery and flavoured greens will do! Not much is needed. Sorrel gives a nice citrussy taste.
Cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until most of the water has been soaked up, not unlike a risotto. Add the miso paste towards the end
Season with salt (if you have used miso you won’t need it) and pepper ; then serve with a dash of soya cream or olive oil.

Nutrition notes: Ebly is a complex carb and rich in fibre; Kale is rich in antioxidants and vitamins (K, A and C). Together they make a super energising and cleansing food, ideal for a macrobiotic or vegetarian option. The white miso paste is a staple of the macrobiotic diet and allows good bacteria to grow in your guts and to provide good digestion.

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One response to “Ebly risotto with kale and sorrel leaves

  1. Hello,
    I came across your website and found it very enjoyable. I just had a couple of questions so if you could e-mail me back that would be great!

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