Barley Chickpea Pulao

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Barley is a versatile grain with a nutty flavour and a chewy texture, similar to pasta. Truefarm Organic Wholegrain Barley can be prepared in a number of ways and can be a good replacement for white rice.

Barley is a cereal grain and is quite interesting to cook. It’s high in fibre and many important minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

What’s interesting to know is, that the fiber in most of the grains, is concentrated largely in the outer bran layer. But barley is different, the fiber is found throughout the whole grain, which makes it more beneficial for our body.



  • 3 cups of boiled Truefarm Foods Organic Whole Grain Barley
  • 1 cup of boiled chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • Few cherry tomatoes
  • Truefarm Himalayan Pink Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • Truefarm Organic Red chilly powder to taste
  • 1 green chilly (slit)
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • One small piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 teaspoons of ghee


To prepare whole grain barley, it must be soaked for a couple of hours to reduce the cooking time and achieve optimal flavour and texture.

After soaking the barley in twice its amount of water, it should be drained and rinsed before cooking.

To cook barley, add 1 cup of the barley to 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the barley simmer for about 45 minutes.

You may need to test the barley every 5 minutes or so, near the end of the cooking process until it reaches your desired results.

Turn off the heat. Allow the barley to sit for 15 minutes without stirring so that it can continue absorbing any excess water.

If there’s still excess after letting the barley sit, you may need to drain the water away.

In a wok, add the ghee and add cumin seeds, bay leaf, clove, cinnamon stick, cardamons. On a medium to low flame let the spices cook for a minute or so.

Add the sliced onions and cook they are translucent and light golden brown. Don’t overcook the onions and keep the flame medium.

Add the tomato puree and let it cook for 5 minutes. Add the salt and chilly powder along with the green chilly and cook till the oil starts to separate

Add the garam masala and add the cherry tomatoes cut in halves. Cook for a couple of seconds. It’s great not to overcook and lose the shape of cherry tomatoes at this stage. They taste really great and compliments the flavours.

Add the boiled chickpeas and mix all together.

Add the boiled barley and using two big spoons bring all together. be gentle, when mixing all together.

Serve hot with delicious yoghurt raita.

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