Thursday, September 10, 2009

Barley soup

Barley is a cereal loaded with larger amount of fiber.
We generally get 3.98 gms of fiber from 1 cup of oatmeal, whereas the same 1 cup of barley provides us 13.6 gm of fiber.
So the addition of barley in our diet will help us to get more fiber and hence a healthy digestive system. But beware too much of anything is not good.
So let's keep in mind barley is a good diuretic too.

Here is a low calorie soup made from barley and vegetables.


Ingredients:

Uncooked Barley - 1/2 cup
onion - 2 tbsp
garlic - 2 tbsp (crushed)
Green beans - 10
cabbage - 1/2 cup (shredded)
carrot - 1
Tomato - 2
Button mushroom - 4
Pepper - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste.
olive oil - 1 tsp
Wheat flour - 1 tsp

Method:

Wash and clean the barley. Soak it in water for 2 hours. Then cook till it becomes soft.

Heat a pan with olive oil. Saute the crushed garlic and onion.

Then add the chopped vegetables and let them cook in 1 cup of water.

Now add all the vegetables to the cooked barley , salt and add water to get the soup consistency.

Dissolve the wheat flour in 1/2 cup of water and add it to the soup and let it come to a boil.

Switch off. No need to add cream.
Barley soup is ready!

Serving suggestion:

Serve hot with pepper. Makes nearly 500ml of soup.
Makes a complete meal if served with some protein rich sandwich.

Approximate calorie calculation:

Barley uncooked 1/2 c = 200 K cal
olive oil 1 tsp = 40 K cal
Vegetable soup 1 cup = 56 K cal (we have 2 cups= 112)

Total is nearly 352 K cal from the entire dish.

Individual calorie courtesy : http://www.livestrong.com/

Event:

Pasta Soup:


The barley soup and pasta soup goes to Sireesha's Soup N juice event.

28 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice innovation.....

Gita said...

I love mushrooms in soups...barley with mushrooms and veggies is a good combination Viki...looks very comforting too...thanks for the tip about barley ;)

Purva Desai said...

Very healthy soup....nice entry for the event....

Dear have you accepted my entry for ur event....as I have not receive any response from ur end with regards to my late entry....

If you have not accepted the late entry do let me know will remove the link from the post

Priya said...

Healthy soup, looks great viki..

Shaista Tabrez said...

wow..soup is so inviting..

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy soup looks very british lol

Nandini said...

Healthy soup! Looks inviting!

Ammu Madhu said...

excellent barley soup ..My first visit here,,will visit often..come to my blog too..

Thanks,
Ammu.

Suparna said...

hey Viki,
Wonderful soup :) looks damn good n healthy, loved the innovation, I always have barley stock with me shall try out ur version sometime dear :)

lissie said...

a very healthy and nutritious soup...! great entry!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I have tasted only once when my mom made this at home!

sowmya.s said...

barley soup sounds good..low GI value and nutritious..

Nirvana said...

I looove barley! Eat barley bread all the time - never tried it in soup though, I hope to give it a shot soon :) Thanks for sharing it

Raje said...

UUm Looks yumm! Now that the cold season is slowly coming in we certainly need more of these..

Happy cook said...

I remember mom making barley water, other than that i dodn't think i have had them. Soup looks really healthy delicous.

Malar Gandhi said...

Oi ellam soup mayama irukku...lot of stuff for me to catch up!:) Pari used to talk abt barley soup often, but I never tried my hands on it.

viki said...

Hi Purva, Thanks for sending me your delicious chowli curry. My apologies for very late response dear.

Sanghi said...

Wow.. super clear soup viki..!

Varsha Vipins said...

I love the look of it Viki..:)

Jaishree said...

Very healthy and nutritious soup...nice entry for the event....

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply Healthy!!!

Parita said...

Love the pasta version!

lissie said...

please collect your gifts from my blog, dear...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Looks so awesome and inviting!

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Barley mushroom soup sounds like fine combination! i adore your recipes...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Quite healthy and yum soups....

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

hai vkz...barley is the best to prevent diabetics....healthy recipe.. :)

rekhas kitchen said...

wow barley with mushrooms great choice Viki delicious soup and pasta soup looks so tempting.