Golden Sticky Barley Rice with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Sweet Pan Fried Veggies

This dish is really quite simple to make, extraordinarily delicious, daring, and real fun. The aromas will be wonderful, and the zest and tangy sweetness from the marmalade marry very well with the awaiting sundried tomatoes.  A magic combo of ingredients, both contrasting and complementary at the same time.  Your buds will love you after this.


¾ cup pearl parley

¾ cup short grain brown rice

olive oil

1½ Tbsp tomato paste

4 to 5 sun-dried tomato halves, sliced lengthways


  1. Wash and boil the rice and barley together, drain, and set aside.
  2. Then add a little olive oil in a frying pan, and cook the tomato paste for a couple of minutes, mixing whilst you do so.
  3. Next, add the sliced sun-dried tomatoes, and continue to mix.
  4. Add your rice and barley, and stir until all the flavours have merged well.


olive oil for frying

1 zucchini, chopped

6 to 8 mushrooms, sliced

1 Tbsp marmalade (I used a lemon one)

flax seeds, for garnishing

flat leaf parsley, chopped, for garnishing


  1. Heat a little oil in a skillet pan, and fry your veggies, turning them over every so often, so that they acquire some colour.
  2. Then spoon in the marmalade, and allow the veggies to caramelize in it for a couple of minutes.
  3. Next, add these caramelized veggies to the rice in the pan, and mix it all up.  Garnish with parsley and flax seeds, and serve. I went the extra mile, and added a dollop of marmalade to the centre of the dish to accentuate the taste further.  Oh, did we love this one !

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  1. Michael (from Facebook)

    Shared on Facebook! 🙂

    Nothing like good grains in a dish! So much tasty goodness from one skillet! 🙂

  2. Hi there Michael – the grains in this dish are great and chewy, which makes them ideal as a filing and satisfying dish, and it’s easy to make too ! Best your way and Happy Weekend Michael. 🙂

  3. That looks delicious. I’m not vegetarian or vegan right now, just lover of this kind of food. For reasons all of you probably know I want to make full transition to vegan (but gradually so it will take me some more time). In the meantime I would like to ask you if you know any dishes or ways of replacing seafood by tofu or other vegan food. I’m just seafood lover – prawns, fish etc. are things I will miss most 🙁

  4. Joanna Hi there and thanks for dropping by here. You sound a little reluctant about leaving seafood behind, you must know that this is normal for many vegans – we do miss some non-vegan dishes, we were brought up with many of them, and our buds too missed them greatly. However, that said it is something of a myth to think that transitioning to a plant based diet to be very difficult. Not these days, may be a decade or two ago. I don’t know where you come from, but if you are from the States or Canada, or the UK, there is fake fish, prawns etc, you buy them frozen – do google and see what they sell locally to where you are. I loved my meat and dairy, but instead of missing them, I found alternatives, just as good, the rest I created myself through sheer passion for acquiring great taste without compromise. The result, a host of wonderful dishes, spoilt for choice, because that’s what the eating experience ought to be all about – pleasure, health, aroma, texture, sharing, etc, it ought to be an interesting journey – and with it, the benefits emerge both for ourselves and the planet. By all means one step at a time – we are all different, some people dive into it, others need a few leaps – but both need good recipes – and I invite you to try what you wish till your heart’s content. Come back with your feedback and any questions that emerge. Most of all, enjoy the journey !

  5. This was one of those delightfully simple, wholesome dishes that we just love to have as a staple of our vegan diet. You feel so hopelessly healthy as you eat it, and yet I still had that satisfying feeling of fullness after eating my substantial portion last night (we followed it with your Blasck Forest Fruit Crumble – so you can imagine how difficult it was to womble upstairs come bed-time LOL), and I can assure you this will be repeated many more times en Maison Cummins !

  6. Sounds like you really had a great culinary experience last night Brett. So glad you enjoyed it and the crumble too – you are a very ambitious eater !

  7. I had forgotten to buy sun dried tomatoes so used olives instead. Was great! But will definitely try the original recipe soon…

  8. That really is great to know Gilly ! Glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to your future comments on my blog !

  9. Awesome dish…… with lot of health….

  10. Hi Alaina, glad you enjoyed it and I look forward to your future comments on my blog.

  11. Thanks for the great recipe. I made it with lime marmalade instead of lemon and it tastes absolutely scrumptious!

  12. Hi there Gary and thanks for dropping by here with your comment/feedback. It’s one of those dishes that marries well with any marmalade it seems. Glad you enjoyed it and look forward to your future comments on my blog !

  13. Just made this recipe and LOVED it!! I used orange marmalade as I couldn’t find lemon, but it was still delicious…and sooooo filling!! YUM! Thank you for posting this recipe

  14. You are most welcome dear Nancy and hope you enjoy many more recipes from my blog. I look forward to your future comments here ! Best your way in the meantime ! 🙂

  15. I am getting ready to make this dish. It has caught my eye for a while now. And the rice and barley are boiling now. I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  16. Hope you enjoy it Krista, let me know & bon appetite in advance ! 🙂

  17. My family and I absolutely love your recipes and I’m in the middle of preparing this one for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to taste this!

  18. Do hope you enjoy it Helen and so happy your family enjoy my recipes too and a huge KUDOS to you for preparing these for them and yourself ! Best your way in the meantime. 🙂

  19. had this last night and It was nice. Not sure if I would make it again though. The ingredients were all great by themselves but I was not sure about the combination. But I am just criticizing on a very high level because I soooo much loved any other of your recipes. Just that this one was not sooo exciting as the others. Will try something else today… Thanks for your recipes!

  20. Hi Tina, this is by no means a gourmet dish in any way shape or form, rather what I would really term as an average recipe, unique and interesting ! I made it twice myself – just like when I feel like rice in a different way. Glad you enjoyed my other recipes and of course we all have our preferences, my husband loves this for example, whilst I like it, such is the spice of life I guess. Cheers your way !

  21. I made this dish and loved it 🙂 Now I’m making it again for my guests 🙂 Thanks, Miriam.

  22. Krista Hi, I am so glad you are repeating this dish and that you enjoyed it so much ! That’s awesome !

  23. SO tasty Miriam! I added some red onion, and used grape jelly because that’s all i had. I want to add spices to everything, but I resisted, and am glad because I would have ruined the whole dish. Thanks for another great recipe. I’ve been using recipes from your site for a few years now and have learned a lot about vegan cooking from you. Thanks for sharing your gift:)

  24. It is my pleasure dear Nicole, so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your very kind words. 🙂


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