This is a simple and easy-to-prepare healthy soup, a filling lunch or dinner when combined with a salad or any whole grain bread. I had this soup with a simple carrot and moong dhal salad. This soup can also be prepared in a pressure cooker  to reduce the cooking time, just add all the ingredients for the soup and pressure cook for  whistles for upto 10 whistles and the soup is ready! The barley can be used as it is or it can be soaked for a couple of hours before adding it to the soup. This also reduces the cooking time by half.

1. Barley, 1/2 cup.
2. Onion, medium size, 1, diced into small cubes.
3. Diced canned tomatoes, 1/2 cup (or) regular roma tomatoes, 2.
4. Garlic, 2 pods, crushed coarsely. (This can also be substituted with 1 teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste).
5. Diced mixed vegetables like carrots, green beans, peas etc all coming around to a cup.
6. Salt and pepper as per taste.
7. Any preferred seasoning herb mix or soup  mix, 1 teaspoon. (Even chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes can be added here).

Heat a pot with a tablespoon of oil.  Once the oil is hot, add the diced onions and saute for a couple of minutes until the onions are translucent. Then add the crushed garlic and the seasoning mixture and fry for a few more seconds. Now add the diced tomatoes, mixed vegetables, and barley and mix everything under low flame for 2-3 minutes. Add 4 cups of water along with salt and pepper and let it cook closed for 20-30 minutes until the barley and the vegetables are tender. Alternatively pressure cook everything for 10 minutes for up to 2 whistles. Garnish with any preferred herbs and serve hot.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and healthy soup. Excellent preparation.


Love barley recipies!..Looks delicious!

Priya said...

My kind of soup, super filling and wholesome.

Kay Konecna said...

This is such a good and healthy soup! It's my all time favorite. My recipe is almost the same as yours. Sometimes I add half-cup of celery into the veggie mix and top it with a spoonful of cream. Absolute delight :))