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Chicken – Barley Soup

One pot dishes like stews, soups are very filling and easy work. Especially when you spouse is away for a while and you are in no mood to cook elaborately just for you !! Not to forget the kitchen needs major cleaning!!!!

I make a variety of soups and this soup is very special because it has barley in it. Like Ragi, barley is one often forgotten grain supposedly very good for health. If you have never tried barley, the taste is very nutty and earthy. Because of the starch content its a natural thickener without the need to add any corn flour. Pregnant women are recommended drink barley water to reduce the swelling in legs, it essentially helps draining the water.


There is no one consistent recipe for my chicken-barley soup except ofcourse for the chicken and barley. Soaking a handful of barley beforehand really helps. This dish is a very good slow-cooking crockpot recipe if you dont want to soak the barley.

Its a no-hassle process to cook it.

  • Cut a couple of chicken breasts into small pieces and saute in two tsp of olive oil.
  • Add whatever veggies you have at hand. Make sure all the veggies are the same size as the chicken. Good choices of veggies would be carrots, peas, potatoes, bell peppers, zuchini.
  • When the chicken pieces are brown add a carton of chicken stock, handful of soaked barley, two tablespoons of tomato paste or puree.
  • Boil and cook well for atleast half an hour until the desired thickness.
  • If your stock does not have salt, add some salt. Just before switching off the stove add pepper powder, cilantro ( or parsley ).
The recipe can be made entirely vegetarian by using veggie stock and paneer ( or soya or tofu ) instead of the chicken. Try this recipe when you are in no mood for too much cooking or eating oily take out food !!!
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August 22, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

12 Comments »

  1. Revathi, great recipe and thank you, I have a packet of barley which I bought on a whim and was searching for a recipe, perfect for the long winter months ahead. Can you believe summer is almost over.

    Comment by indosungod | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  2. oh.. girl, you are always bringing out the best..
    oh ho, Ravi is out too, here Kannan is away for his conference in Arizona since sunday… and am doing all Vishrut kinda cooking and cleaning home (inch by inch;) all nights(mainly because of my scare of feeling all alone at home) while napping with him during afternoons, glad Kannan would be back tomm (hey it is today) 🙂

    Comment by Kitchenmate | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  3. That sounds super healthy & delicious.

    Comment by Puspha | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  4. Revathi, this sounds so good. The evenings temperatures are begining to drop here and I can definitely curl up with a hot bowl of soup. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by mandira | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  5. Looks yummy Revathi.

    There are two different kinds of thotakura as you might already know(one is red and the other is just green). My opinion: green one tastes better.

    Comment by KrishnaArjuna | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  6. Hi Revathi,
    Thanks for giving a vegetarian version of this .Love to try this sometime.

    Comment by Prema Sundar | August 24, 2006 | Reply

  7. Haven’t heard of this soup. Looks delicious, defintely will try out this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by tastycooks | August 24, 2006 | Reply

  8. Revathi, thats a healthy post..rightly said about barley..it plays a vital role in pregnant woman’s life..Thanks for sharing…

    Comment by sudhav | August 24, 2006 | Reply

  9. I remember my dad used to drink barley water for some reason…Soup loooks so good. It wold be great to have it on a rainy day!

    Comment by Shankari | August 24, 2006 | Reply

  10. Looks good, and healthy too!! Never cooked with barley before, so this is a must try.

    Happy Ganesha festival!! Enjoy..:)

    Comment by Foodie's Hope | August 26, 2006 | Reply

  11. Happy vinayaka chathurthi revathi..enna ungala kanname roombanala..

    Comment by sudhav | August 28, 2006 | Reply

  12. Hey Revathi:

    The soup looks good. I just bought some barley and I am gonna have to give this a try :)..

    Comment by Luv2cook | September 5, 2006 | Reply


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