Ancient Greek Breakfast: Varvara

A healthy start to the day as seen in Series 4 Episode 1. This was what the ancient Greek’s ate and still today many people cook this for breakfast on special occasions. It takes a little bit of time to prepare, but it’s well worth the effort.


500gr barley 

100 gr mix of legumes (black & red lentils, black eyed peas, red kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas)

50gr cranberries or raisins 

50gr dried apricots

50gr sesame

50gr almonds 

250gr Honey

250gr Tahini

1,5 litre water

For the toping:



Pomegranate seeds 


Soak the legumes in water and leave them overnight. 

Soak the barley in water and leave it overnight. Wash the barley a few times.

Grill the sesame in the oven at 150 degrees for 30’. 

Boil the legumes for two hours to use in the mix. 

Boil the barley. Constantly stir in the boil.

Five minutes before the barley is ready add the almonds and the legumes.

In a food processor place the honey, tahini, sesame seeds, some of the juices from the barley that is boiling and a little bit of the barley mixture to help bind everything and mix well for a couple of minutes.

Pour the mixture in the pot with the barley and stir for a couple of minutes under heat.

Add the dried fruits in the pot.

Serve in a bowl.

Top with a handful of walnuts, pomegranate seeds and some cinnamon.