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24 November, 2014

Barley and vegetable soup

Comments : 2 Posted in : Soups, Salads & Sandwiches on by : Ratna

 

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It  was  one  of  those  days when  I  was  spending  a  bit  of  time  ( read  all  my  time ),  gawking  at  the  delicious  photographs  on  Foodgawker.  This  one  picture  caught  my  eye  just  because of  its simplicity.  Few  ingredients,  few  steps  and  a  soul  warming  result. With  the  weather the  way  it  is , It  didn’t  take  me  long   to  decide  on  the  menu  for  supper.

The  temperature  outside  plummeted  from  three  below  to  thirty  below  zero  celsius in  a  matter  of  a  day.  The  migratory  birds  did  not  need  the  report  from  the Meterologists,  they  left  for  the  warmer  climates  just  in  time.  The  lakes  are  frozen solid.  The  evergreens  are  bowed  with  the  weight  of  the  snow  on  them.  The  branches  of  the  deciduous  trees   look  highlighted  with  the  snow  on  them.  The furnitures  on  the  deck  covered  with  half  feet  of  snow  only  reminding  us  that summer  is  only  a  dream  now.  The  sun  so  strong   yet  powerless  to  melt  the  snow.

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I  have  tweaked  the  recipe  a  little  bit,  added  a  bit  of  heat  and  countered  it  with  a  couple  squirts  of  lemon  juice  and  apple  puree.

Recipe;

Ingredients;

Barley                                                             One cup

Mushrooms                                                    Half cup chopped

Carrots                                                           Half cup,  cut  in  small  cubes

Apple                                                             One,  pureed

Cauliflower                                                     Half cup,  in  small  florets

Kaffir lime  juice                                              Half  tsp

Red  chillies                                                    Optional,  Few  flakes

Salt  and  Pepper                                            To  taste

Ghee                                                               One  Tbsp

Bay  leaf                                                          Couple

Peppercorns                                                    Six  or  seven

Lime leaves                                                      Optional,  a  couple.

 

Method;

Take  a  Tbsp  of  ghee  in  a  pan  on  high  heat.  When  it  melts  add  the  Bay leaf  and  peppercorns.  Saute  for  a  few  minutes.  Add  the  carrots  first  then  cauliflowers.  Cook  for  a  few  minutes  till  the  florets  get  some  colour.  Add  the  mushrooms  last.  Add  two  cups  of  water,  cover  and  cook  till  the  vegetables  are  done.  Throw  in  the  apple  puree.

Boil  the  barley  with  two  cups  of  water  till  done.

Add  the  vegetables,  salt,  pepper  to  the  boiled  barley.  Throw  in  the Kaffir  lime  leaves  for  flavour.  Garnish  with  green  or  red  chillies  and cilantro.

By Ratna

2s COMMENTS

2 thoughts on : Barley and vegetable soup

  • chinmoyee mukerji
    March 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I love everthing barley.

    • Ratna
      March 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

      I agree, when you consider all the health benefits, it is hard not to. Thanks for stopping by.

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