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Habia is a delicious Middle Eastern grain, similar to barley, that is versatile and has a chewy texture and slightly nutty flavor. This recipe flavors the habia with pantry staples - salt, turmeric, and onion. So tasty!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 5 people


  • 1 cup habia
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp turmeric
  • 2 cups water/broth*
  • 1 medium onion, diced


  • Heat a pot on medium heat. Place olive oil in pot and warm until the olive oil starts to glisten.
  • Add onions to pot and cook until translucent.
  • Add water/broth to the same pot. Mix in turmeric and salt into pot and stir until combined.
  • Add habia to pot and stir until combined. Increase heat to high, and allow liquid to come to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover to cook for about 20 minutes.
  • The habia is done once the liquid is absorbed. The habia grain should be tender but not mushy.
  • Adjust salt to taste if needed and then enjoy!


Three Teas Tips:
*Using broth (any variety works) provides a little richer flavor to the habia. However, it is still delicious if you use just water instead. 
Keyword grains, habia, turmeric