7 April 2016

Barley Manathakkali Keerai Soup

Soup in Summer ? Why not !!! - if it cools the body.
The health benefits found in both barley and manathakkali keerai makes this soup appropriate for summer.

Barley is a whole grain rich in B complex, vitamins and minerals. Its diuretic property helps flush toxins and infection causing bacteria out of the body, thus a remedy for urinary tract infections. Being alkaline and rich in fibre, it's good for intestinal health and digestion.

Manathakkali Keerai has high medicinal values; cures stomach and mouth ulcers, strengthens the muscles, improves vision and cures urinary tract infections.

Barley Manathakkali Keerai Soup

Servings : 2


Barley - 3 tbsp

Water - 3 cups

Garlic cloves - 1

Small Onions - 6-7

Tomato - 1 big

Cumin powder - 1 tsp

Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp

Oil - 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Coconut milk - 1/4 tsp (optional)

Preparation Method

1. Wash and soak barley in water for half hour.

2. In a pan, heat water and add soaked barley, let it cook for 15 minutes or till 
done. Keep aside.

3. In another pan, heat oil and add chopped garlic and sauté for a minute. Then add chopped small onions and sauté till it turns translucent.

4. Then add chopped tomato and sauté till the tomatoes are cooked.

5. Then add barley with the water that was used to cook it.

6. Add cumin powder, pepper powder and salt.

7. When the water begins to boil, add the washed manathakkali keerai along with its seeds.

8. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the stove. Add coconut milk (optional) for added taste.

9. Serve warm.


  • Small onions / Shallots cools the body too. You can use big onions if small ones are not available.

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