Bring the water and salt to a boil in a small pot, put in the barley, cook on low for 20 minutes, set aside.
Heat the oil (medium) in a slightly larger, add the nuts & seeds, dried fruit (except raisins/currants). Keep them moving to avoid burning.
When the nuts & seeds start to brown, add the garam masala and raisins/currants. Stir a few times, add the contents of the barley pot, turn off the heat.
*Garam masala is not easy to find pre-made, so start with equal amounts of cumin, coriander, black pepper and cinnamon. You can add small amounts of cardamom, cloves (nice) and nutmeg as well. Customize it to your taste.
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