BM #87 Day 21 - 

After Jowar and Whole Wheat, I picked up Barley as my Whole Grain for today. Here the traditional Pulihora is made replacing rice with barley.

The weekend meal depicted above has Roti, Tomato Sabji, Rice, Motichur Laddu, Palak Dal, Barley Pulihora and Yogurt apart from carrot salad and chips. The chips and Motichur Laddu were store bought.

I learnt that the texture of barley is a tricky one to get used to. But it is one of my favorite grains apart from millets. I felt barley is best consumed in this form of pulihora where the taste of the tamarind mix overtakes all else.

Ingredients - 

Barley Pearls 1/2 cup
Tamarind, 1 lime sized portion
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Peanuts handful, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafoetida 1/4 tsp, Curry leaves few, Dry Red Chili 1, Green chilies 2)
To Grind - 
Coriander Seeds 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds 1/8 tsp
Coconut Powder 1/2 tsp
Sesame Seeds 1 tsp
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Red Chilies 2-3

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook/microwave the tamarind with 1/4 cup of water and upon cooling I make a fine paste, sieve and discard the pith. Set aside the extract.

Wash and cook Barley in 1 cup of water either in the pressure cooker or in a pan on stovetop.  Fluff and spread the cooked barley pearls in a wide bowl/tray.

Grind the ingredients listed under 'To Grind' into a fine powder and set aside.

In a pan, heat oil and add in the seasoning ingredients. After they are all browned well, add in the turmeric and tamarind extract.

Let the tamarind extract cook well and become a little thicker. Add salt and the powder which was set aside. Mix well. Remove from heat.

Add the tamarind mixture to the cooked barley, mix well and make sure every grain of barley is coated with the tamarind mixture.

Serve it warm.


Preparation Time 30-40 minutes
Serves 2
Posted by Harini R on Wednesday, April 25, 2018


  1. Harini , I am totally bowled by the appearance of this khichadi ! I have bookmarked it and will come back again when I make it . I have loved these rustic recipes .

  2. Srividhya Says:
  3. I hear you... The texture of barley is very tricky and it is bit chewy too... Great you got acquired to it and made it pulihora. Simply wow Harini. Love the entire meal

  4. Kudos.. i have never used barley in cooking other than preparing water.. Such a healthy whole grain!!

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. I have never cooked barley as pulihora, seriously am in love with this super duper dish. Will definitely give a try soon.

  7. Sandhiya Says:
  8. Great idea of making puliyodharai with barley, i would never thought of it. It looks so good and healthy. Great share !!!

  9. Though I have used barley flour, I have never used whole barley in cooking. The pulihora with barley looks so good and that is such an elaborate spread. Looks so good..

  10. Kalyani Says:
  11. totally delicious !! that entire platter looks scrumptious :) I must try this soon

  12. Suma Gandlur Says:
  13. The whole platter looks very inviting. The barley pulihora sounds very interesting and that ground paste is what caught my attention in this recipe.

  14. Preeti Says:
  15. Such a healthy and interesting recipe.

  16. Pavani Says:
  17. That is such a nutritious pulihora recipe Harini. Love the use of barley in this traditional dish. Looks and sounds delicious.

  18. Mayuri Patel Says:
  19. I had bought a very small amount of pearl barley from India and used it make salad. Barley pulihora sounds so delicious, would love to try it when I buy barley again. By the way, the platter is so welcoming. Wish I could have it.

  20. I love buckwheat groats and puliyogare both, this combination looks absolutely fantastic.

  21. Srivalli Says:
  22. I have made pulihora with most of the millets we get. I am yet to try with Barley, the texture is a tricky thing your spread there!

  23. I just recently made a salad with barley pearls and loved it. Love the chewy texture of the pearl barley. I am so drooling over the thought of making puliyodharai with barley!

  24. Unknown Says:
  25. Omg such an amazing and unique puliyodharai with barley, looks so yumm.. and the whole spread is just inviting !!

  26. Padmajha Says:
  27. First of all, that first pic had me drooling! And this is such an innovative way to use Barley. I have never cooked it like this before and seems like a good time to start.

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