Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cover and cook 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Remove from pan.
Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add curry powder, and cook 1 minute. Add barley, and toss gently to coat. Stir in cooked onion, raisins, parsley, toasted almonds, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.