Nourishing Barley Soup

Nourishing Barley Soup

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Barley is a cereal that is not usually used in everyday cooking. It is however a great source of protein, iron and fibre and tastes good too, if cooked with flavourful ingredients as I have done in this broth. The combination of masoor dal along with barley i.e. a pulse with a cereal makes this soup a complete source of protein, which is otherwise lacking in a vegetarian diet. The vegetables add plenty of colour and fibre to this nourishing broth. Add freshly ground pepper towards the end to perk up this soup.

Nourishing Barley Soup recipe - How to make Nourishing Barley Soup

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2 tbsp barley (jau) , soaked for 2 hours and drained
1 tsp oil
1 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/4 cup finely chopped spring onions whites
1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
2 tbsp whole masoor (whole red lentil) , washed and drained
salt to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped spring onion greens
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker, add the garlic and spring onion whites and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. Add the carrots, masoor, barley, salt and 4½ cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Transfer the barley-masoor mixture in a deep non-stick pan, add the tomatoes, spring onion greens, coriander, a little salt and pepper and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve hot.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy61 cal
Protein2.5 g
Carbohydrates9.6 g
Fiber1.7 g
Fat1.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium6.7 mg
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Nourishing Barley Soup
 on 28 May 20 03:21 AM

Nourishing Barley Soup
 on 01 May 20 09:34 AM

Hi, I would like to try but the 4th step I didn''t understand I should transfer it into pan. N should I add from up raw left veggies as said or I should give taka n the transfer the cooker barley masoor
Tarla Dalal
01 May 20 07:23 PM
   Dear Zeenat, The carrots will be pressure cooked as mentioned in step 2 and 3. After the pressure cooker has been cooled, spring onion greens and tomatoes have to be added. The reason for not adding tomatoes before pressure cooking is that they will turn mushy and the spring onions are not added before pressure cooking as they would lose their green colour. So follow the exact procedure. Also share your comments on the recipe after trials.
Nourishing Barley Soup
 on 10 Apr 20 05:34 PM

I am making soups and salads my summer lunch and was on the lookout for a healthy soup. This tastes wonderful. Would it be OK. To use moong?
Tarla Dalal
11 Apr 20 03:25 PM
   Yes, that would work.
Nourishing Barley Soup
 on 13 Feb 20 02:01 AM

Can I replace the barely with something else?
Tarla Dalal
17 Feb 20 12:31 PM
   Hi, The main ingredient in this soup is the barley, if you do not wish to add it try some other soup recipes.
Nourishing Barley Soup
 on 22 Jan 20 09:58 PM

Tarla Dalal
28 Jan 20 05:28 PM
   Hi, Happy to know you have liked the recipe.. Do keep trying more recipes and give us your feedback..
Nourishing Barley Soup
 on 27 Apr 15 11:09 AM

Barley is a whole grain which is pressure cooked so most of the nutrients are retained making it a very healthy soup. Get lean by having healthy recipes like this.