broccoli mung and barley ...making a nice one pot meal...

Barley is the grain for summers as it is supposed to be cooing to the system . In my multigrain khichdi recipes the barley provides nice glutinous texture to chew on . Almost like pasta as i have mentioned many times. I keep experimenting with this favorite grain of mine and a khichdi/tahiri fit for a detox regime is very convenient to rustle up when i have some boiled grain already in the fridge . As i mentioned in the pasta style barley with mushrooms posted earlier , the barley used in the recipe is pre-boiled . I usually boil barley in large quantity and keep it in the fridge to make a quick meal . Here in this recipe i use a mixture of barley and mung daal and that can also be boiled and kept in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for a longer duration . See how it looks...

To boil this mix , soak the pearl barley and mung daal in water for half an hour and then boil in the microwave for 15 minutes ( 3 cups of water for 2 cups of mung barley mix) with salt to taste . This can be done in pressure cooker too , boiling till the first whistle blows up....

Now that we have this pre-boiled mix of mung and barley , the cooking procedure will take just about 10 minutes including chopping and cleaning .

for one large detox serving 
boiled mung barley mix 1 cup
broccoli florets 2 cups ( 250 gm)
chopped tomatoes 1 cup
chopped garlic 1 tsp
chopped green chillies or red chilly powder to taste
turmeric powder 1 tsp
black pepper powder 1 tsp
whole cumin seeds 1 tsp
lemon juice 1 tsp or to taste
ghee or olive oil 1 tsp

Heat the ghee in a pan and throw in the cumin seeds , wait till they splutter .

Add the chopped garlic and stir to let them browned a bit .

Add the green chillies or red chilly powder (i like red chilly powder more) , add the turmeric powder , stir and wait for a couple of seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes.

Add salt to taste and let the tomatoes cook to pulp .

Add the broccoli florets mix well and cook covered for 2-3 minutes . The broccoli is supposed to be a bit crunchy and semi cooked . Add black pepper powder . Freshly crushed pepper corns make a lot of difference.

Add the boiled mung barley mixture and stir well to mix everything up together nicely . Let everything soak in for a few seconds , add lemon juice and serve hot.

Served hot or warm this dish makes a nice refreshing yet hearty meal . The best part is , it tastes good at room temperature too as the texture of the barley and broccoli both remain very good at room temperature too . Lemon juice complements the dish so well...garlicky , mildly hot and subtly tangy ...

A tall glass of buttermilk makes a nice accompaniment .Or think about a refreshing raita ...i like some bharta ( mashed vegetables) too to add to the detox functioning of this meal... 



  1. healthy nutritious meal combination is new to me can try it

  2. Nice use of barley .. love broccoli too. Thx for sharing.
    First time here and love all the recipes.

    Following you for more yummy recipes. Do visit me when you get a chance.


  3. highly nutritious food, thanks for sharing

  4. Wonderful post.... Thanks for visiting my blog:)... keep visitng..

  5. Very nice recipe dear. Loving all the ingredients used in it. Very good collection of recipes u have. Glad to follow u.

  6. Very healthy recipe, looks absolutely delcious.

    First time here, wonderful blog with awesome clicks, happy to follow you.

    Prathima Shivraj

  7. hi sangeetha...this dfntly is a one pot packed with healthy nutrients....thank u so much for stopping by at my blog...:)

  8. I have cooked with barley just once, a few weeks ago. I like how you have used it with broccoli and mung. I am thinking of using it with whole moong. Probably will have to very the soak and cooking time but i love the idea. :)

  9. @ Jaya... we also like barley with whole mung and even kala chana , but more like a salad . I have a few pictures of that too . For a relaxed meal we like this one as the skinned mung provides a little creamy base and the spoonfuls are not much chewy...both variations will taste different !!
    The idea is to eat healthy and that's all !!!

  10. Hi Sangeeta, This is Muskaan, Yes I am not too active for couple of other priorities, hope you are doin just good, btw Sadhana left A2Z since a year now..


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