Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Vegetable Barley Soup

Last week was busy and stressful. My parents went back to India and my little one started daycare. She has been so clingy to me that i barely have any time when I'm home. So whatever I cook has to be with least effort and time spent in the kitchen. I'm hoping that she will  settle down soon and get over separation anxiety.
I am down with cold, runny nose and feeling blah....
A hot bowl of soup will definitely kick start my system as i had a full schedule of patients and was on call for the night.  My pager started going off and I knew I had a long night ahead. I made this soup after coming home from the clinic, as i didn't want to eat anything.
Anyways, here is a quick and easy vegetable soup. I also added some pearl barley and firm tofu as I had them in hand. i used whatever veggies i had left in my fridge.

I did not actually measure anything except for the barley. Cooking with barley was introduced to me by friend  Priya M, who has an excellent blog Now Serving.

Get ready: ( serves 1)

  • 2 tbsp pearl barley
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/4 zucchini diced
  • 1 hand full of chopped carrots
  • 1 tbsp tofu cubes ( used them as they were having too much fun time in the house)
  • a dash of dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • few sprigs of cilantro
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • juice of a 1/4 lime
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups water/ vegetable broth  ( i used water)


  • Soak the barley for 20 mins and pressure cook with enough  water to cover it for 6-7 whistles.
  • In a pan, add olive oil, saute the onion and garlic.
  • Add the tomatoes and saute for few mins. Add all the vegetables and give a quick stir for few mins.
  • Add the salt,seasonings, water, barley ,tofu and let it come to a boil.
  • Adjust spices as per taste.
  • Let it simmer till all the vegetables are done. if you think the soup is too thick add some more water to the desired consistency.
  • Turn the leat off, add cilantro and lime juice.

Enjoy this steaming soup with a roll / garlic bread.


  1. Fabulous soup looks absolutely comforting and filling..

  2. Priya, the soup looks so comforting ...... I hope u r feeling better now. Take care gurl

  3. Perfect start for winter Priya...

  4. That looks wonderful Priya-hearty n comforting!

    US Masala

  5. comfort dish! just right for the rainy afternoons! hope u r doing good now !

  6. What a fast healthy meal! How did Day Care go for the little one? Mine unwound herself from my leg and ran to play with the other kids - to my shock and amazement!

    I look forward to seeing more recipes from you!

    making pressure cooking hip again, one recipe at a time!

  7. Thanks for kind words and am already feeling better.

  8. an award for you


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