I'm on leafy green spree these days,cooking with different greens, besides the green I consider usual ,the spinach.After cooking with bitter mustard greens ,kale's taste was mild ,almost like spinach only richer in fiber.Nutrition-Wise Kale is little more rich in Calcium,iron and Vitamins.Its impressive list of health benefits is reason enough to eat them very often.Equally applaud able are benefits of barley.The digestive goodness of barley is also mentioned in Prophetic Medicine.
With warming spices ,Kale-Barley soup makes a nourishing meal in itself that's ready in under 30 minutes.
1 cup Barley,hulled
2 cups kale,rinsed and chopped
3 cups vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon Extra virgin Olive oil
1 medium Onion,peeled and chopped
1 medium ripe tomato,chopped
2 cloves garlic,peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin(zeera powder)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
Saute onions in a skillet until translucent,add the garlic after a minute,add the spices;saute another minute until aromatic.Now add tomatoes,cook until soft about 5-6 minutes then mix in the stock.Bring to a boil,add the barley ,salt and Kale;cover and cook 15-20 minutes until barley is soft and cooked through.Serve warm.
This leafy green soup is off to Lisa's No croutons required food event,hosted this month
Kale Barley is the chosen winning recipe of June 2009 No Croutons required.Thanks to ,all those who picked my recipe,Jacqueline and Lisa for the event :D