Barley Paneer Soup
With all the Janmashtami celebrations, I did some major hogging. All those savories calling me with their aroma and appetizing look, I can hardly ignore them just like that - can I? But then its inevitable that making friends with them, I had to make enemies with my (@%!%!$%) weighing machine. While it sat smiling and its expression indicating "I told you so!", I had to get back to eating 'normally'
Barley Paneer Soup
I dint want to feel that I am back to humdrum, hence made some hearty barley soup, with paneer added for the added nutrition. I remembered seeing a similar recipe with chicken in it and to make my substitution with a vegetarian protein I used some skim milk paneer which is homemade. You can use shop bought ones too - no harm done. Barley Paneer Soup The amount of barley is upto you - whether you want to make 1 complete meal out of it or just as a starter. This Soup was all I had to see me through the day, so I added a little more Barley than reqd. and the Paneer was to give me the energy boost to make sure I dint get hungry soon after. I served it with some left over Saffron and Basil Breadsticks which I posted already. Together (2 breadsticks and 1 bowl of soup) was so hearty that I dint feel hungry until dinner!!!! (although I did eat a few assorted nuts in the evening to fulfill my food pyramid requirements)
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 onion,chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium potato,chopped
  • 1/2 cup paneer (low fat paneer if you have it), diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few sprigs of cilantro to garnish
1. Wash the pearl barley well under cold running water
2. Soak it in some water for at least 1-2 hours. Although this step is not necessary, I find that this step actually helps the barley to cook little faster. If you dont have time to pre soak, no problems! Go straight ahead to the next step.
3. In a skillet in 1/2 tsp oil, saute the bay leaves along with onions and celery with little salt. Add the carrots, potatoes and turmeric and let it cook for another 2-3min.
4. Add the drained barley and paneer along with turmeric- give it a quick stir for another 1-2 minutes
5. Add about 3-4 cups of water/vegetable stock - close the lid and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the barley is cooked.
Add more salt and pepper to taste and garnish with some cilantro. Serve hot either one their own or with some bread sticks. Hearty, filling, nutritious and low in fat! The weighing machine fairy is happy! Barley Paneer Soup

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By tehrin on Feb 9, 2012

:-P wow m so happy... i will make this one.

By Cora on Nov 11, 2010

This looks lovely! I would love to make it tonight for my family. How much does this recipe yield? I want to make it for three people.

By niharika on Sep 6, 2010

Lovely recipe, though the paneer looks too leathery.. reason being paneer is nots'posed to be boiled for 30 mins... to get the right "delicate spongy texture intact" it needs to be boiled for no longer than 3-5 mins after teh addition of paneer...

It all comes down to taste preferences. You can add the paneer towards the end if you like :)

By Courtney on May 16, 2010

I made this soup with a few changes to suit what I had in the house. I added spinach at the end, and left out the potato. I added extra carrot and barley and my paneer was full fat (eek!). It was fabulous and will def make this again! Thanks for the great recipe. I would have never thought to combine paneer and barley.

By Kamala on Sep 15, 2009

very nice recipe. barley is good for health

By veggiebelly on Aug 18, 2009

this looks amazing! i love both barley and paneer in soup! yummy!

By Uma on Aug 18, 2009

mmm. refreshing soup! looks so appetizing. :)

By Lakshmi on Aug 18, 2009

lol @ The weighing machine fairy is happy!! such a healthy hearty soup!

By Parita on Aug 18, 2009

Soup sounds very healthy and fulfilling, would be perfect dinner for me :)

By Priya on Aug 18, 2009

Delicious Soup, healthy and very creative!

By Srivalli on Aug 18, 2009 another soup expected after the icc post also??>.this is surely a lovely click!

By singh b on Aug 17, 2009

its a Unthinkable combination and i think very nutritive soup ....................

By bindiya on Aug 17, 2009

Wow! Super tempting recipe!

By Divya Vikram on Aug 17, 2009

Soup looks comforting! Love the addition of paneer to it!

By Dee on Aug 17, 2009

Good one DK although Im yet to fall in live with barley ! I have come close to tolerating it !

By Usha on Aug 17, 2009

Definitely a very unique combination, looks delicious and hearty !