Sunday, February 10, 2013

Barley Grits Upma/ Barley Grits Savory Porridge

Upma is one of the most popular breakfast in any Indian household. Semolina or vermicelli upma used to feature regularly in my kitchen and once a while cracked wheat upma was made and enjoyed. But now a days barley has become my family's favorite grain and we enjoy it in many forms, be it the rotis made with added barley flour, barley dosa, barley soup or this barley upma. Rice can be easily substituted with barley in most of the dishes like pulao and khichdis too.

This recipe was given by Sangeeta Khanna whose diet plan I follow. She told me to make barley dalia upma but bless my ignorance those days, I combined cracked wheat and pearl barley to make the most unappetizing upma. That was then she introduced me to cracked barley or barley grits. And now there is no slipping back to semolina or vermicelli. 

Ingredients: ( Serves 2 )

Barley Grits - 1/2 Cup
Water- 1 1/2 Cups
Onion- 1 Large ( finely chopped )
Ginger- 1/2 Inch Piece ( grated )
Green Chilies - 2 ( finely chopped )
Carrot - 1 Medium Sized ( cut in small pieces )
French Beans - 10-12 ( finely chopped ) 
Green Peas - 1/4 Cup
Tomato - 1 Small chopped
Peanuts - 2 Tbsp
Oil - 1 or  1 1/2 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds- 1 Tsp
Urad Dal ( Split black gram ) - 1 Tbsp
Salt- To taste
Juice of 1 small lemon
Coriander Leaves - To Garnish

Procedure :
  • Switch on the gas and take a pressure cooker and keep it on heat. Add oil and once it heats up add in mustard seeds. After the mustard seeds crackle add split black gram and peanuts. 
  • When peanuts start cracking add chopped onions, ginger, green chilies and saute till onion turns translucent. 
  • Add carrots, beans, peas and let it all cook for a minute or two stirring in between.
  • Now add barley grits mix well and let it cook for few minutes. Keep stirring else barley may stick to the cookers bottom.
  • Pour water and add salt and tomatoes. Mix well. 
  • Put back the lid of the pressure cooker and let the upma cook in medium flame till 2 whistles come. Take the pressure cooker off the heat and let the cooker cool for some time before opening the lid.
  • Open the lid and add in lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

Barley grits is available in Dubai at  Down To Earth Organic Store.


  1. I luv the add on of barley. I usually make this with dalia. This looks yummy dear.

  2. Wow Raji! This looks delicious and healthy too. nice clicks

  3. Wow so healthy n filling nutrients filled upma.. lovely click!!

  4. Healthy upma, barley is so filling with added veg must be so good... love your second click

  5. Raji this reminds me of our broken-rice upma. Looks very tempting.

  6. Very innovative recipe looks more delicious too!!! double like!!

  7. Healthy and delicious breakfast.. Beautiful clicks..

  8. Healthy porridge and looks similar to broken wheat upma.

  9. Healthy way to start a day, delcious too:-)

  10. You make the recipe your own by giving it your touch. It's wonderful seeing you adapt to barley so well. Loving your pictures Raji.
    And thanks for the mention :-)

  11. healthy n yummy!!! i have bought a pack of barley to try your soup!!!!

  12. It looks so delicious & perfect..

  13. Raji, You're inspiring not just with your recipes but especially with your pictures. Always admire your recipe photographs.

  14. Am also a big fan of ur pics and asusual both (recipe n pics) r good..YUM

  15. interesting and healthy recipe..
    new follower to your blog..

  16. So flavorful n yummy upma, sounds healthy too loved ur clicks:)

  17. Delicious recipe, just have to find the ingredients in Abu Dhabi - always a challenge :(


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