Barley Upma

Copy Icon
Twitter Icon
Barley Upma


This Upma is made similar to how we prepare Rava Upma, using barley. This can be taken in lunch boxes or can be had for brunch, it makes you feel full for a long time. Barley is a whole grain which is an important source of dietary fibre, vitamin and minerals. It is said that barley may reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your body. I tried this because of the health benefits of barley.   

Cooking Time

Preparation Time :15 Min

Cook Time : 0 Min

Total Time : 0 Min


Serves : 4
  • Barley pearls 1/2 cup 

  • Potatoes 1/4 cup (sliced) 

  • Carrot 1/4 cup (sliced) 

  • Green beans 1/4 cup (sliced) 

  • Green peas 1/5 cup (fresh/frozen) 

  • Tomato 1 no

  • Onion 1 no. 

  • Ginger one small piece 1"

  • Green chillies, curry leaves - 1 tsp

  • Chana dal 1 tablespoon 

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon 

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon 

  • Lemon juice - 1/ teaspoon 

  • Coriander leaves/ cilantro 1 tsp

  • Salt & water - as required 1 cup


  • Cook barley with just adequate water to cover with 1 pinch of salt. Remove the water and set the barley pearls aside. 
  • Clean and chop the onion and vegetables. 
  • Take a pan, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds. Then add chana dal, green chilli, ginger pieces and the curry leaves. Add the sliced onion and sauté well. Now add 1 pinch of turmeric powder and then the tomato pieces. 
  • When the tomato pieces softens, add the sliced vegetables with salt to taste and cover and cook after sprinkling little water. 
  • When the vegetables are almost done, add the barley, stir in and cook for a few more minutes. 
  • Squeeze in a few drops of lime and remove from flame. Barley Upma is ready. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.
  • a) Instead of using cooked barley, you can crush barley pearls in a mixer and use this coarse mixture in the Upma. If doing so, add adequate water after adding the barley and cook well (similar to Rava Upma). 
  • b) Barley water is very healthy, that was the reason why I cooked barley first. Add lemon juice and a few drops of homey to barley, an excellent healthy drink is ready.