One pot meal

So here i am after a really long break....i really had not intended to take off this long...but stuff happens.
We just moved...okay..not just...we moved to NYC in Jan and after being stuck in a studio for a month and searching for a decent apartment...we finally zeroed in on a place and finally settling...ummmm...yep..settling down. It is another of the bedrooms is full of boxes...honest!! i really do not know how i am going to clean up the mess but i have to...coz i already have visitors scheduled for April!! do get visitors when you move to cool cities ;)
My agenda is obviously to clear up my pantry, as i have quite a lot of grains and lentils all i am currently buying are veggies. Also...the kitchen area is sorta ?? cleaned up so i cannot go all fancy ;) i always do LOL.

Here is the simple one pot meal i made. Basically, it was stuff i had in my pantry all thrown together and seriously it was really yummy!


Cooked Kidney beans - 2 cups
Cooked Chickpeas - 1 cup
Barley - 3/4 cup, dry
Mixed Veggies - 1 cup ( i used frozed mixed veggies - carrot, peas and corn)
Onions - 1 small - finely diced
Leeks - 2 medium - finely diced
Tomatoes - 2 medium - diced in chunks
Garlic - 4 pods
Garam Masala - 1 tbls.
Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp.
Cumin - 1 tsp.
Oil - 1 tbls.


1. Cook the barley in 1 1/2 cups of water and keep aside.It will be chewy when done. Do this when you have time, does not have to be just before you are cooking.

2. In a pan, heat the oil, add the cumin seeds, then add finely diced garlic and onions,leeks for a few minutes. When the leeks and onions are softened, add the tomatoes and frozen veggies and cook for a few minutes.

3. When the veggies are cooked add the red chilly powder, garam masala and salt and cook for a few more minutes till you see the veggies getting a little dry and carmalized.

4. Add 2 cups of water and when it comes to a good boil, add the barley, chickpeas and kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.

5. Finely chop the cilantro and stir in it.

6. Serve with whole wheat rolls if you have on hand or you can really eat this straight up.


Lavanya said...

first time here i guess have a nice pot meal looks so yummy n simple n healthy too..i hope you will settle fully soon!!

Cham said...

Welcome back, after a long break :)NYC just 4 the word people will keep pouring in ur house. Like the barley and protein rich meal!

Nags said...

addition of barley is new to me! so much fun setting up a new space but extremely tiring too, i totally understand!

thanks a ton for the lovely and encouraging comment on my blog :) great to have you back!

Lavi said...

Welcome Back Rajitha..Dont worry by April, you will arrange everything!

One pot Barley Meal, looks Delicious!

Mrs.Kannan said...

Looks have got so much work to do i guess...moving/packing/unpacking is really hectic..hope u settle down soon..IBW you haven;t named the recipe...

Asha said...

Welcome back Rajitha. I can understand how much work you have to unpack all that. You can do it slowly, take it easy for a while.

One pot meal looks delicious girl, enjoy! :)

Nupur said...

You moved to NYC?! How fun! It is simply a blast for foodies. I lived there for nearly 6 years and loved every minute of it. And yes, you get TONS of visitors there...everyone seems to fly thro' JFK at some point and wants to spend a night on one's couch :)

Laavanya said...

My oh my.. looks who's back posting :D Great to have a peep into your kitchen again Rajitha. That looks awesome and sounds spicy too. I make a lentil-barley soup which looks similar.. the kidney beans and channa must've been a nice protein boost.

TBC said...

The blog rises from the dust- finally! One-pot meals are always good...less clean up.
It's time to catch up.:D

Sandeepa said...

Ok I have never had barley in a soup but this looks so fantastic.

You are a city girl Rajitha, where are you in NY ?

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey, nice blog here...wonderful recipes and lovely clicks..

thanks for supporting me in plagiarism :)

Rajitha said...


Cham..tell me about it..when i was in mi..even a cat refused to step in ;)

nags..i knew u would feel my pain...and wha i stated in ur blog is all true!!

Lavi...hope so..april is round the corner!

Mrs. Kannan..i know..moving is a pain..i am glad it is NY!!

Asha..that is what i have been doing..taking it easy :D

Nupur..u bet....actually after writing this entry..i got another buddy of mine who is planning to come in may!!..i think i have to go to jennifer convertables sooner than i thought!! was now or never girl...we have to catch up!!

TBC...that is right!!..i was getting too lazy and i miss the blogging interaction...and yes! we have to catch up...

Sandeepa...u must try the is so yummy! and i am in astoria in u ever come to ny??


Pria said...

Excellent and super healthy recipe. I loved it. This is my meal soon :)

Cynthia said...

I wondered where you had disappeared to! Good to have you back!

Madhuram said...

I also prepare a similar dish. You can make it even more easier. I put everything (including barley and canned chickpeas) together with the seasoning in a pressure cooker and leave it exactly for 1 whistle. The barley and the vegetables are cooked to the right texture.

Have fun in NYC!

sra said...

Welcome back - that's a glorious dish!

Sunshinemom said...

I somehow never tried barley in my cooking all these years! This looks really good. I can understand what you must be going through:) My Dad was in a transferable job and we used to move every year from North to South to East to West, and the packing and unpacking drove my Mum wild, esp. when we were close to Summer vacations and had visitors coming:). Take it easy!!

Usha said...

Hey Rajitha, thanks for stopping by my blog and your comment.

I can have soup all the time if possible and this one with barley and kidney beans sounds flavorful and healthy too !

All the best with settling into your new home :-)

Le @HC said...

A neat inviting indian recipe for barley.. Thanks..

indosungod said...

One pot meals, always welcome, without rice even better. you are NY city resident. I love the place, the busy life everything. Would love to know how you like being a resident of the Big Apple.

Priti said...

Hey that's a nice one...and healthy too ...looks gud...

DEESHA said...

tht looks nice. I have always loved one pot meals

Vibaas said...

i think this is my first time here. nice blog and this recipe is so yum!

Anonymous said...

Rajitha, this was really yummy, the kids and husband enjoyed it too. I didn't have the spices, so I used the ones I had. I want to pick up the correct spices for next time. Thanks. ;-)

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

First time here. The soup looks delicious and colorful. Nice blog.

Ammu said...

Looks great & yummy. Nice click.

Rajitha said...


Cyn..Hey do u remem when i said i wanted to be in NY ...u said i have to make it i tell me i have to open my own business...u are my lucky charm :)

Madhuram...hey! thanks for the much easier..will make it next time ur way :)

Sra..thanks...i realised i was just being it was now or never :)

sunshinemom..i is painful coz i have to buy things that fit in my appt. as the furniture i had in my home is really big to fit in my crib double the expense..u gotta hear my husband's silence when i talk about buying the is really good and thanks ...

Le..thanks :)

Indo..i love one pot meals and barley is really my 2nd fav. after rice. NY is so much fun...and the place i live..reminds me so much of India...i am planning to take pics of my neighbourhood and post them on my blog to share...When i am bored..i just walk around my home..the vibrancy shakes me out of my blah mood :)..



Vibaas..welcome :)..and thanks..

Sara..glad you and your family liked it.

Dhanya..welcome..adn thanks :)


Shubha said...

that just looks mouthwatering... I am going to try it soon for sure... yum yum... very healthy too..:) thnaks for sharing...:)u have a beautiful blog

Richa said...

hey sweetie, what's up? thanks for ur lil' note! I know it has been too long a break, need to get myself back into all the blogging action soon :) though I've been cooking some groovy dishes, taking pics etc feels like a lot of effort, that ever happen to u ;)
btw, welcome to the nbrhood, howz the city treating ya?

Sig said...

OMG, am I dreaming? You are back? I mean YOU are back???????? I have 1000+ unread items in my reader that I stopped checking, and been just clicking on people's names from my comments section. I conveniently ignored your name since I was SURE that you hadn't updated this space... but now I accidentally found the new entry on my reader! So, a huge welcome back! Stay a while this time, will ya? :)