Iftar Bites : Barley Pomegranate Tabbouleh and Dal Soup

The markets are bursting with juicy ruby-red pomegranates here in Hyderabad.About Rs.15 each,the fruit is worth every rupee.
The power packed sweet pomegranates in the wholesome barley tabbouleh is one nourishing Iftar(fast breaking) nibbles.

1 cup barley
1/2 teaspoon black pepper,freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin(zeera)
1/2 a lemon freshly squeezed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Mint,freshly chopped
1 cup pomegranate arils
Rinse barley in cold water.Cook in 3 cups of salted water until soft about 30 minutes.Drain the water(can be cooled and consumed).
Cool the barley,transfer in large mixing bowl,add the cumin,pepper,lemon and mint and combine well.Finally combine the pomegranate.Serve.
Can be refrigerated in air tight container for 2 days.

Dal Soup

Sun starved monsoon season has left us craving for more of warm soups for Iftar.This heart warming dal soups is one of my favorites.

1/2 cup Yellow Mung Lentil
1 medium chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon black pepper,freshly ground
1/4 teaspoon ginger,minced
1 big clove garlic,minced
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup mint leaves

Wash and Soak lentil for few minutes.
Heat the oil in a saucepan or pressure cooker. Add the chopped onions and saute until lightly brown(reserve a few for garnish). Add ginger,garlic and saute some more for another minute. Add the turmeric ,chopped mint and lentils.Cook the lentils in a cup of water until lentils are tender. May take 8-10 minutes in a pressure cooker or 20 minutes in a covered skillet. Now blend it in a food processor or blender along with a cup of water ,until smooth
Put back in the saucepan and simmer for few minutes until the white foam forms at the top. Serve warm ,garnish with fried onions.

I'm sending the Iftar bites over to Ramadan special events : Mona's Hyderabadi Ramadan food festival and Lubna's Joy from Fasting to Feasting III.


That soup is very unique! Yummy.


SS blogs here said…
The pomegranate pic is so vibrant!! :) And the dal-soup is very unusual indeed! Nice post today! Cheers!
Mona said…
We call the 'Dal Sooup' as Mitthi Dal in our home. One of my most favorite soups ever, and you are so right, in this breezy cold rainy season this soup will definitely provide sustenance. I will prepare it tonight inshallah. And the Tabbouleh looks delightful as well!
Rachana said…
Both the recipes look lovely! I loved the pomegrante pic.
sangeeta said…
Both are my favorites mung daal soup n anything salad like made with barley .

Have yet to try mint in mung soup though...
wonderful recipes. love the Tabbouleh...i make it often with cracked wheat. this Dal soup is my favourite as it also cleanses our system. a very important recipe if you plan to detoxify your body. thanks for sharing.
Hamaree Rasoi said…
Pomegranate look so delicious.Soup looks delicious as well.

Hamaree Rasoi
Radhika said…
This is a very comforting meal for Iftar. Looks yumm
Priya Suresh said…
Tabbouleh looks very pleasant to eyes..comforting dal soup..yummy dishes together..
Niloufer Riyaz said…
Colourful tabouleh n simple yet delicious soup!
Joanne said…
Pomegranate seeds add such a pleasant crunch to salads like this! Looks tasty.
Bergamot said…
This looks really yummy... I am gonna try the dal soup since that seems the best way to get my daughter eat some dal ;-)
suusuu9_9 said…
Pomegranate red is Beautiful. nice pic<3
The recipes look lovely! I try to cook!
Yours Truly said…
very delightful post. i am a dal fan too, we have to have dal when we eat rice. something traditional for south asians i guess. great stuff yasmin!
Anonymous said…
Salam sister Yasmeen! Your blog is great.
Red pomegranates its not good for people who have problem with WC.
Мay cause constipation.
Be careful!
Assalyamou aleikoum!
Yours Truly said…
those POMS look extremely refreshing and the colors make me happy in this dark rainy day. Great presentation Yasmeen
Stacie Shepp said…
Oh my gosh, this pomegranate recipe sounds delicious and the photos are gorgeous. Thank you for a great idea!
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