In a large stockpot, heat oil on medium. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Add carrots and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, tomato, barley, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add 4 cups water, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add kale and simmer until kale turns bright green, about 5 minutes.
Quick-braising can be an ideal method for cooking cool-weather greens, but make sure to select sturdy varieties such as kale, collards and escarole. Here, fiber-rich kale is simmered with broth and caramelized shallots.