A plate of black bean & barley cakes with a poached egg and tomatoes and

Black bean & barley cakes with poached eggs

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

Take in two of your 5-a-day in these savoury pan-fried cakes, topped with a perfectly poached egg. This delicious brunch dish is quick to make and provides fibre, folate, vitamin C and iron

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal343
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre10g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, drained well
  • 15g porridge oats
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 5 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 spring onions, the white part finely chopped, the green thinly sliced
  • 400g can barley, drained


    There are two types of barley available- pot barley and pearl barley. Pot barley is the more…

  • 2-3 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 200g pack cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 4 tbsp sunflower seeds


  1. Tip the beans, oats, ground coriander, cumin seeds, thyme and vegetable bouillon powder into a bowl and blitz together with a hand blender to make a rough paste. Stir in 1 egg with the whites of the spring onion and barley. If you're following our Healthy Diet Plan, separate half the mix for another morning and chill.

  2. Heat half the oil in your largest frying pan and fry the other half of the mixture in two big spoonfuls, gently pressed to make flat cakes. After 7 mins, carefully turn over to cook the other side for 4-5 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, poach two eggs in a pan of boiling water for 3-4 mins, and gently fry half of the tomatoes on the vine in a little oil for a few mins to brown slightly. Slide the cakes onto plates and top with the tomatoes, eggs, a scattering of the spring onion greens and half the sun ower seeds. On another morning, repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining ingredients.

  4. If you're not following the Healthy Diet Plan and you're serving four, follow steps 2 and 3 with all the ingredients instead of only half.

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6th Jan, 2019
I bought a bag of dried pearl barley from Sainsbury’s and cooked it the night before which worked well
3rd Jan, 2019
The diet plan is in collaboration with Aldi so I would assume that they sell them.
4th Jan, 2019
No they don't. Bit too exotic for Aldi. And I've never Seen it in larger supermarkets, though I've never looked for it as didn't know it existed


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