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...
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.
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...