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Black Eyed Peas And Barley

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Ingredients
  Dried black eyed peas 8 Ounce
  Pearl barley 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onions 2 Medium, chopped
  Smoked ham hock 12 Ounce (1 Whole)
  Chopped garlic 1 Tablespoon
  Bay leaves 2
  Ground allspice 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Defatted chicken broth 8 Cup (128 tbs) (Homemade)
  Shredded coconut 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Fresh lime juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped flat leaf parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ripe plum tomatoes 4 , seeded and cut into 1/4 inch dice (For Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Check the beans for stones and discard.
2. Rinse the beans and soak it overnight in a bowl.
3. Next morning drain and rinse the beans.

MAKING
4. In a medium-size saucepan, place barley and cover with the water.
5. Over high heat, bring the barley mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.
6. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes until barley is tender but not mushy.
7. Drain barley to remove excess water if any and keep aside.

FINALISING
8. In a large heavy pot, heat oil over low heat.
9. Stir in onions and cook for 5-7 minutes until wilted.
10. Add the peas, ham hock, garlic, bay leaves, allspice, and chicken broth.
11. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.
12. Simmer for about 40-45 minutes until the peas are tender.
13. Skim off the foam from the surface of the pot.
14. Add more broth if required.
15. Spoon out ham hock and allow it to cool enough to handle.
16. Separate meat from the bones and return it to the pot.
17. Add the barley and coconut into the pot.
18. Season with salt and pepper.
19. Stir gently to combine.

SERVING
20. Heat through just before serving.
21. Add lime juice and parsley.
22. Serve in shallow bowls.
23. Garnish with the diced tomatoes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
South American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Boiled
Ingredient: 
Barley
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
100 Minutes
Ready In: 
105 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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