Barley is a cereal that is not usually used in everyday cooking in our household. It is however a great source of protein, iron and fiber and tastes good too, if cooked with flavourful ingredients as in this soup. (To me the over cooked barley felt like cooked sago, in texture) 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 a boon for vegetarians like me. The vegetables add plenty of color and fiber to this nourishing soup. Add freshly ground pepper towards the end to perk up this soup. It is also a diuretic if taken properly.

Nursing Mothers beware - Barley is supposed to suppress lactation. 

Nourishing Barley Soup

Ingredients - 

Pearl Barley  soaked for 3 - 4 hours 2 Tbsp
Whole Masoor Dal (Whole Red Lentils), Soaked 6-7 hrs and Drained  2 Tbsp
Garlic 1 large clove , Chopped  
Spring Onions (White And Greens Separated), Finely Chopped  3-4
Carrots Diced 1 cup
Tomato Chopped   1 cup 
Chopped Coriander Leaves For Garnish
Curry Powder 1 tsp
Amchur Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper to taste 
Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Cumin 3/4 tsp, Hing/Asafoetida a couple pinches)

Method Of Preparation - 

Drain the soaked barley and keep aside. 

Heat oil in a sauce pan, add the garlic and spring onion whites and sauté till the onion whites turn translucent. 

Add the Barley, Masoor, Carrots, Salt and 4½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles. Cool slightly. 

Add the spring onion greens, tomato and pepper and bring to a boil. 

Nourishing Barley Soup

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot. 

Sending this nourishing bowl of soup to Sanjeetha's "Wholesome Wholegrain Cooking - Barley" event happening at Priyaeasyntastyrecipes.

Preparation Time - 10 mins. + Cooking Time : 30 mins.
Makes 2-3 generous helpings

Posted by Harini on Monday, March 14, 2011


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Wonderful bowl of delicious,nutritious and filling soup...feel like having this bowl rite now,thanks for sending Harini..

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. M was asking me why I didn't try to make soup when I made that stew yesterday. I was thinking of trying it tomorrow, though a veggie based one.
    BTW, how much time does it take to cook the whole masoor?

  5. Harini Says:
  6. @Suma Gandlur - Soaked Masoor and Barley together got cooked like normal toor dal in about 20-25 min in the pressure cooker.

  7. aipi Says:
  8. Healthy, nutritious n comfy..great recipe n thanks for sharing!

    US Masala

  9. healthy,nutritious and refreshing soup.

  10. Unknown Says:
  11. Healthy soup

  12. Usha Says:
  13. That is one healthy bowl of soup!

  14. divya Says:
  15. Slurp! The soup very yummy and drool-worthy!

  16. healthy delicious combination

  17. Soup is so delicious and droolwortly. Looks excellent.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  18. Souperb soup! Healthy too.

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. Wow, it looks superb and lovely, what a nice rich color :)

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