Slow Cooker Barberry Brown Rice Goodness

If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you have probably noticed by now that I seem to have a thing for weird berries. There were lingonberry muffins and now I’m on to the barberry. It can be gotten dried in a health store or in an imported food store where the food comes from the Middle East. The barberry itself doesn’t look like much and doesn’t give a mountain of flavour but it’s very nutritious and as much as it might seem a rare one here in Norway, people in Iran like is so much that 5,000 tonnes of barberries are produced each year over there. They must be on to something because I learnt to like the barberry rice and miss the barberries whenever I forget to add them. This is the slow cooker version – not really a meal, just a side dish but still nutritious and delicious.

This recipe feeds 5 or 6 people. Halve it if you need to.

brown rice


2 cups brown rice

5 cups water

1/2 cup single cream

1/4 cup dried barberries

salt to taste

a pinch of marjoram or oregano


Wash the rice in a sieve and place in the slow cooker. Add water, cream, salt and herbs.

Cook on high for 3 hours.

Add barberries and cook for another 30 minutes or until soft and nice to eat.

Enjoy with meat or whatever else you like with rice.

brown rice


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