If you have been following this space, you know that I am a great fan of whole grains and recently added barley to the list. When I was listing down the kheers I wanted to prepare for this edition of Blogging Marathon, it crossed my mind that I had noted down some key points from an Ayurvedic Magazine long time back. I looked for the notes and found one particular point about Barley Payasam ; that it is very good for growing kids. So I thought I would give it a try and explained to my 9 yr old and she gladly gulped it down. Needless to say the adults at home surely had their share and it was a very filling dessert. So try this healthy kheer for your kids and you can thank me later :-)
So Barley Payasam it is for Day 5.

Barley Payasam

Ingredients - 

Barley 3 Tbsp
Milk 3 cups
Sugar 1/4 cup
Custard Powder  1 tsp (Optional)
Cardamom powder
Almonds, crushed for garnish
Ghee 1/4 tsp

Notes - Upon cooling it became very thick and so I felt that the custard powder was unnecessary except for the beautiful color it imparted. So the choice is yours whether you want to use the custard powder or avoid it!

Method Of Preparation  -

In a heated sauce pan , add ghee and fry the barley until golden brown. Cool and coarse grind to Sooji consistency.

Add this coarsely ground barley to 3 cups of milk and boil while stirring continuously. After about 15-20 min the barley would be cooked well.

Now is the time to add sugar. Mix well until the sugar dissolves.

Mix 1 tsp of custard powder to 3 Tbsp of cold water and mix well so there are no lumps. Add this mixture to the boiling kheer while stirring continuously.  [This is totally optional]

Barley Payasam

Also sprinkle the cardamom powder and remove from fire.

Garnish with crushed Almonds and serve warm. [I sprinkled some crushed saffron too.]

If you have missed any of the previous desserts which I posted during this marathon here they are ..

Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Priya SureshSrivalliUsha
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Vardhini,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: SumaVeena
Seven Days of Regional Specials: AarthiKalyaniPavaniShylaja
Summer Coolers: PJ,  Vaishali
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Sushma Pinjala

Preparation Time 25 min
Makes 3 cups


  1. Chitra Says:
  2. looks so yum and very healthy...

  3. Suma Gandlur Says:
  4. Looks delectable, truly. Love the idea of using barley rava.

  5. aipi Says:
  6. That looks really elegant ~ never cooked with barley before!
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  7. Aarthi Says:
  8. wow..looks so good

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. what a fine usage of barley! looks slurpicious:))

  11. Hi Harini

    Kheer looks wonderfully tasty and healthy. I can finish one bowl in minutes.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  12. Vardhini Says:
  13. Barley kheer is new to me .. looks delicious and healthy too.


  14. Shylaja Says:
  15. Healthy and yummy kheer

    South Indian Recipes

  16. Sobha Shyam Says:
  17. This is new to me..looks absolutely amazing..:)

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. Delicious and inviting barley pudding,yumm!

  20. divya Says:
  21. Looks delicious and healthy....Mouthwatering recipe

  22. Pavani Says:
  23. Healthy and very unique kheer. Pics look great.

  24. Payasam looks very very yum...I too have a draft of Barley payasam not yet posted...

  25. Kalyani Says:
  26. very delectable :) pix are great !

  27. never used Barley...will surely try my hands on this.Looks lovely!

  28. veena Says:
  29. ah! i am bookmarking this. Love the colur!!!!!!111

  30. Very healthy and nutritious kheer...It looks very lovely...

  31. Love the color of the cheer! Did you use custard powder to thicken the kheer or just to enhance the flavor?

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