Barley Khichdi

Barley Khichdi

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जौ की खीचड़ी की रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Barley Khichdi in Hindi) 

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Ever thought of making a khichdi with barley? Try it once, and you will want to keep repeating this masterpiece in your kitchen. Made of barley and a horde of veggies, this tasty dish is colourful and attractive.

An exotic combination of veggies gives it a nice juicy crunch, while everyday ingredients like cumin seeds and green chillies give the Barley Khichdi a soothing and lingering flavour. This satiating dish is loaded with antioxidants that help to fight free radicals and increase your immunity, as well as abundant fibre that helps to cleanse your system and lose weight as well. Enjoy the Barley Khichdi hot and fresh.

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Barley Khichdi recipe - How to make Barley Khichdi

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1/2 cup barley (jau) , washed and drained
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped green capsicum
1/2 cup chopped red capsicum
1/2 cup chopped yellow capsicum
1/2 cup chopped zucchini (unpeeled)
1/2 cup small broccoli florets
salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
3 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
  1. Combine the barley and 1½ cups water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the all remaining vegetables and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the cooked barley, green chillies, little salt and coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve hot.

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What is Khichdi?

  1. What is Khichdi?   Think comfort food, and khichdi is the first option that comes to mind. Easy to make, a one pot dish dinner, and a one dish meal, the khichdi is the epitome of convenience. Breakfast, brunch, supper or dinner, if you want a simple meal in a hurry, look no further than the humble khichdi.    Khichdi is usually made with a combination of grains and dals, cooked till soft and mushy, just a little thicker than porridge. This makes it comforting to the palate and easy to digest too. Most commonly, khichdi is made of rice and moong dal. This Dal Khichdi is perhaps the homeliest meal that one can think of, the only food you can think of having after a bout of fever or a depressing day! 
  2. Khichdi can also be made with broken wheat, sooji, millets, barley, oats, and so on. Try the Fada ni KhichdiOats KhichdiBuckwheat Khichdi or Barley Khichdi.    The simplest khichdi is flavoured with turmeric and jeera tempered in ghee. However, more spices and veggies too can be added to make more elaborate khichdis like the Handi Khichdi. By adding more vegetables, you can make the khichdi more balanced and just right to have as a complete breakfast on any day. Have a go at the Tarkari KhichdiBajra Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi, and Vegetable Bulgur Wheat Khichdi
  3. You can unleash your creativity and make khichdis with mind-boggling combinations of ingredients. You can even bring in international veggies, as in the Zucchini Bajra Khichdi, which brings zucchini and colourful bell pepper into the equation. Khichdis can be made quickly and conveniently in the microwave too, as in the Sprouted Moong Khichdi.    Khichdi is one Indian dish that surpasses all regional barriers. It is consumed all over the country, and by Indians all over the world. However, every region has its favourites and special signature khichdis. Have a go at the special Makai ni Khichdi from Gujarat, the Gehun ki Bikaneri Khichdi from Rajasthan and the Bengali Style Brown Rice Khichdi
  4. Khichdi is an anytime, anywhere dish. When you are in a good mood and want to make something that reminds you of mom’s cooking. When you are depressed and need a pick-me-up. When you are in a hurry but want to eat something nourishing. When you have abused your stomach at a party and want to comfort it the next day. When you are an amateur but want to make something that will warm your loved ones’ hearts. There is a khichdi for every occasion... pick what you want from our constantly growing vibrant collection. See our collection of khichdi recipes

Other khichdi recipes

  1. Khichdi is a staple food in our country. Generally, it is made with a combination of rice and lentils. You can substitute/mix and match to form a myriad of khichdi recipes using various dals, grains, pulses etc. The health quotient can be improved with the addition of vegetables and use of healthy grains like jowar, bajra, wheat etc. Khichdi is commonly known as sick man’s food because of it’s simple yet strength giving effect. Lehsun ki chutney, freshly chopped onions, papad, pickles, curd and kadhi are some popular accompaniments served with a khichdi. Below are some other healthy khichdi recipes :

How to make barley khichdi

  1. To prepare Barley khichdi, transfer the washed and drained barley to a pressure cooker.
  2. Add 1½ cups of fresh water in the pressure cooker.
  3. Close the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles.Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  4. To temper the healthy barley vegetable khichdi, heat the olive oil in broad non-stick pan. You can even use regular oil or ghee to temper this khichdi.
  5. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add onions.
  7. Sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or until translucent.
  8. Add tomatoes.
  9. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  10. Add green capsicum.
  11. Add red capsicum.
  12. Add yellow capsicum.
  13. Add chopped zucchini.
  14. Add small broccoli florets. Also, you can add cauliflower florets.
  15. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. We have made this an exotic barley vegetable khichdi but, you can use our regular vegetables like onions, tomatoes, carrots, french beans, corn etc.
  16. Add the cooked barley.
  17. Add green chillies for spice.
  18. Add salt.
  19. Add coriander.
  20. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally and our nutritious barley khichdi is ready.
  21. Serve barley vegetable khichdi hot. You can enjoy this vibrant and colorful khichdi as it is or with a side of kadhi and curd.

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy110 cal
Protein3.5 g
Carbohydrates17.7 g
Fiber2.5 g
Fat3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium9.6 mg
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Barley Khichdi
 on 03 Nov 19 03:39 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thank you Tejaswi and very glad to hear that. Do try more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
03 Nov 19 04:14 PM
Barley Khichdi
 on 05 Oct 19 04:41 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Varsha, delighted you liked the recipe. Thanks for the feedback.
06 Oct 19 10:25 AM
Barley Khichdi
 on 26 Sep 19 02:17 PM

Was really good and didn''t expect this taste from barley..added peanuts and sprouted horse gram for more nutritious version... could add any veggies as per availability and taste
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Tarla Dalal    Yes, this recipe is awesome and we make it at home also for many years. Good to see you invent on the recipe.
26 Sep 19 02:21 PM
Barley Khichdi
 on 11 Jun 19 08:54 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Namita, thanks for the feedback.
14 Jun 19 02:53 PM
Barley Khichdi
 on 07 Mar 18 04:56 PM

am I suppose to soak barley over nite ?
Barley Khichdi
 on 19 Sep 17 07:00 AM

Very tasty..
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Saloni, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them... Happy Cooking !!
19 Sep 17 08:54 AM
Barley Khichdi
 on 19 Feb 17 01:18 AM

Awesome receipe. Food was yummy. Thanks for sharing
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Tarla Dalal    Thank you Lakshmikanth and very glad to hear that. Do try more recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!!!
20 Feb 17 05:25 PM
Barley Khichdi
 on 08 Sep 15 11:49 AM

Barley is the perfect whole grain where your glycemic index remains low compared to having rice. The recipe is very tasty and excellent for anyone who wants to stay lean.