Split Peas and Barley Soup
Submitted By: Dixya
Region: Indian Dish: Vegetarian - Soups

Main Ingredient: Split Peas, Barley

Servings: 7

Time to Prepare: 2 hours

Diffculty: very easy

Calories: 190

1/2 cup pearl barley, dry
1 cup split peas, dry
1 chicken bouillon cube (may substitute for other low-sodium broths)
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 small carrots, chopped
1 medium onions, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small knob of ginger, minced
1 heaping tablespoon garam masala
2 teaspoon red chili powder
2 tablespoon olive oil (may use any other neutral oil)
cilantro or any other fresh herbs, chopped for garnish (optional)

-Rinse and cook barley according to the instruction on back for water:barley ratio and time. It took me about 30 minutes
- In a medium pot, heat olive oil, sautee onion, garlic and ginger for few minutes
- Add carrots and tomatoes, stirring everything together
-Once carrots, tomatoes softens a little bit, add the split peas, garam masala, salt, black pepper and water. I started with 3-4 cups but added more during the cooking process
-Allow it to cook in medium heat for 25-30 minutes.
-Add water if necessary
-Once the peas are soft/cooked remove it from heat, let it sit for few mins and blend it together until everything becomes a smooth paste. I added a little bit more water (1 cups) during this process
-Transfer it back to the pot, let it simmer for few minutes, add the barley and adjust taste as necessary
-Garnish it with desired herbs of your choice ( i used cilantro)

Nutritional info
Nutrition Facts (based on 7 (1.5 cups) servings): About 190 calories, 30 grams carbohydrates (2 CHO), 8.5 grams protein, 4 grams fat

very easy, hearty, one pot meal perfect with nan or rice on a busy weeknights.

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