In an attempt to introduce more grains into my diet, I decided to try cooking with barley. This soup looked interesting and I am curious about Middle Eastern food, so I gave it a shot. I used yogurt instead of sour cream (it was what I had plus I'm trying to cut calories), and I added about a cup of parsley (I didn't have another dish to use it in and didn't want it to go to waste). The flavors are...different - I can't explain it any other way. Although there's a different mix of flavors, it still felt like it was lacking something. I found another recipe for Ash-e-jow, and that one seems more full bodied - it has barley, of course, as well as various beans, lentils, and rice. I think next time I will try that recipe because this one, while good for a such a simple soup, was just lacking. This would be great served with some homemade bread though!
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In an attempt to introduce more grains into my diet, I decided to try cooking with barley....