Barley Soup-Diabetes Friendly Thursday

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Soups is what we are going to have this Thursday for DFT.  I just love soups myself so this gave me an opportunity to make another type of soup that I have learned from my mom.  Barley Soup is a meal in itself, so you don't have to have something else with it.


DSC_3591So, what is Barley and how is good for Diabetic people?  Barley is a cereal grain from a grass family with a nutty flavor.   One cup of barley has about 32 grams of dietary fiber and 23 grams of protein.  Barley is an excellent choice for people with type 2 diabetes as it contains the essential vitamins and minerals and great source of dietary fiber, specially beta glucan soluble fiber.  According to the researchers, beta glucan fiber promotes healthy blood sugar levels.

Today's soup is tomato based barley soup along with carrots.  An easy soup with a lot of health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup barley, soaked for a couple of hours
  • 1 small carrot,
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium sized tomato, pureed
  • a piece of ginger, grated
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • cilantro to garnish
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

Wash and soak barley for a couple of hours.  In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and add cumin and let it splutter. Now add grated garlic and ginger. Saute for a couple of mins and then add carrots and barley.

DSC_3581 Saute for a couple of minutes and now add tomato puree to it.  Let it cook until tomato is cooked.  Add salt, red chili powder, paprika and mix well.

DSC_3582Add water and cook until the barley pearls are soft.  After opening the pressure cooker, let it simmer for additional few minutes.  Sprinkle cumin powder and check salt at this time.  Garnish it with cilantro.

DSC_3593Serve hot.

Disclaimer:  All the above information about Diabetes is from various internet sites as I am also learning about Diabetes myself.   I am not a professional nutritionist or a dietician so please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.  

Source: Wikipedia, www.barleyfoods.org

Barley Soup-Diabetes Friendly Thursday
 
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Healthy barley soup which could be a meal in itself.
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Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup barley, soaked for a couple of hours
  • 1 small carrot,
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium sized tomato, pureed
  • a piece of ginger, grated
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • cilantro to garnish
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak barley for a couple of hours. In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and add cumin and let it splutter. Now add grated garlic and ginger. Saute for a couple of mins and then add carrots and barley.
  2. Saute for a couple of minutes and now add tomato puree to it. Let it cook until tomato is cooked. Add salt, red chili powder, paprika and mix well.
  3. Add water and cook until the barley pearls are soft. After opening the pressure cooker, let it simmer for additional few minutes. Sprinkle cumin powder and check salt at this time. Garnish it with cilantro.
  4. Serve hot.

 

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