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Lentil and Barley Soup


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Lentil and Barley Soup

A lovely Lentil and Barley Soup from the Middle East. Lentils are a staple of Middle Eastern Cuisine. Once considered the poor mans food, lentils are now considered Comfort Food. The combination of Lentils and Barley in this soup, provides for a very hearty and almost meaty texture.  It can be a meal on its own, or served with salads, dips and flatbreads.

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Recipe Name: Lentil and Barley Soup 
Recipe Type: Soups & Stews
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10
Cooking time: 
Total time: 
Yield: (3-4 servings)

Lentil and Barley Soup


  • ¼ cup dry green or brown lentils
  • ¼ cup dry pearl barley
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, bruised and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro / coriander leaves and more to garnish
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¹/3 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp oil


  • Heat the oil in a non stick / stock pot with lid.
  • Add the chopped onion and sauce on low heat, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes. The onions should be very soft and light gold in color. (Keep the heat to low to ensure that the onions do not turn brown and burn).
  • Add the garlic, cilantro and saute for another 2 minutes, still on low heat.
  • Rinse the lentils and barley thoroughly in cool water. Drain.
  • Add the lentils and spices and  stir cook for 1 minute.
  • Now add the water and increase the heat till boiled.
  • Add salt and cover the pot with lid.
  • Lower heat to simmer and cook for 1 hour , checking occasionally.
  • Taste seasoning. Add a little more pepper or cayenne is desired.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to balance.
  • Add 1 cup or more boiled water to achieve desired consistency.
  • Garnish with some fresh cilantro.
  • Serve warm.

Lentil and Barley Soup

  • You can make the soup with lentils only too.
  • You can also add cooked/ canned chick peas at the end if you like.

Key Ingredients: Lentils, Barley, Spices, Onion, Garlic, Coriander, Salt

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