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.

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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