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Pearl barley and chai porridge

May 30, 2014
Pear barley porridge and berries

Porridge is one of those fantastic winter breakfasts, that warms you up and keeps you satisfied until lunch time. I love the versatility of porridge and often have it with tinned peaches and yoghurt or, soy milk and cinnamon. As awesome as porridge is, I wanted to experiment with pearl barley as the main ingredient and I remembered seeing this recipe  from Not Quite Nigella. Having a milky chai seemed a good combination to go with the nutty flavour that pearl barley produces, and I had some berries in the freezer so I had to try and make pearl barley porridge infused with chai.

You will need more water than usual to cook the pearl barley to give it more of a ‘porridge’ consistency. I only used 1 tea bag in the milk but I think 2 would be better to get a stronger hit of the chai taste.

This is the perfect breakfast for a chilly weekend morning, when you want to curl up in front of the heater and enjoy the day. Although the pearl barley takes a little while to cook, this is a recipe that requires few steps. All you need to do is cook the pearl barley and warm the milk. Easy.

Have a lovely weekend everybody 🙂

Pear barley porridge and berries 1 Bowl of pearl barley porridge

Pearl Barley and Chai Porridge

1/2 cup pearl barley
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup milk
1-2 chai/cinnamon tea bags
raspberries, blueberries or fruit of choice (optional)
cinnamon for sprinkling


1. Place the pearl barley and water in a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes or until barley is soft and plump.
2. In the last few minutes of the barley cooking, heat the milk gently with the teabag/s. Remove tea bags when heated.
3. Drain the pearl barley of any excess water, place in bowl and pour milk over. Sprinkle over cinnamon and scatter fruit over the porridge.

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  • Reply milkteaxx June 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    ooh i have never tried making porridge with pearl barley! it looks great!

    • Reply Katie Horgan June 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      It was a first for me too and I was really pleased with the result. It was really filling and I felt nice and healthy eating it.

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    That looks delicious Katie! And thank you for the lovely shoutout too! 😀 Nice to discover your blog 🙂

    • Reply Katie Horgan June 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks Lorraine, I’ve followed your blog for ages so I had to mention you 🙂

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