Barley With Spiced Yogurt – Your Recipe Rocks!

Barley Yogurt

Yesterday we had lunch in an Indian Restaurant.  Whenever we have lunch buffet, the following evening, we just have either oatmeal,  cracked wheat kanji (porridge) or plain yogurt rice for dinner.  This time I wanted to try something else and was browsing Jai and Bee’s blog.  I’m very glad I did that,  because I found an excellent recipe for Barley Thayirchadam.  It’s pretty much the regular South Indian yogurt rice, but prepared with barley instead.  This was totally new to me.  I use barley only in soups.  My husband is a big fan of barley.  Whenever I make soup he keeps telling that I should have increased the quantity of barley.  So I wanted to try this recipe atleast for his sake.

The beauty of this recipe is it has 2 uses.  With the pressure cooked barley we can prepare the main dish and with the excess water we can prepare a refreshing lemonade.  Jai and Bee had used 1 cup of pearl barley in their recipe. I thought I will try with half a cup.  When I measured the barley I had, there was only 3/4th of a cup left in the packet, so I decided to cook it.  The taste was excellent.  It was a very satisfying meal.  This measurement was perfect for both of us.  Half a cup would have been less and 1 cup would have been more. 

My Notes:
1.  I cooked the barley directly in a small copper bottomed pressure cooker and left it for 3 whistles.

2.  Whenever I prepare curd rice, I cut a maavadu (south indian style mango pickle, where small mangoes are pickled as a whole without cutting them) into small pieces and mix it with the rice along with the carrots and cucumber.  Since my husband doesn’t eat anything spicy, I lightly wash the maavadu and then cut it.  This gives a nice surprising crunch and tanginess.  So I did the same with this recipe. 

3.  I also prepared the barley lemonade.  In addition to the ingredients mentioned, I also added grated ginger.  I kept it in the fridge overnight, so that the lemonade would absorb the flavors of the lemon zest and grated ginger.  The next day morning I strained the juice before drinking.  It was so cool and refreshing.  I think people in India should definitely try it this summer.

Barley Lemonade

Thank you very much for the recipe Jai and Bee.  This is going to be a regular in our house.  Your recipe rocks!

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  1. Kanchana

    Hi Maduram

    You have not mentioned how to make Thayir sadam other than cooking the barley and cutting your mango ,carrots and cucumber.this is typical of Indian recipes presuming your audience knows the rest.i am sorry if this sounds harsh.

    • Madhuram

      I did not want to write down the recipe because I followed the recipe from another blog and didn’t want to reproduce it here again and that’s why the link to the recipe to the other blog.

  2. sss

    may I know the barley and water ratio for cooking in pressure cooker?

    I followed the recipe here: which mentions 8 cups of water for 1 cup of barley. Since the excess water is used to make barley lemonade, I’m not sure how much water you will be needing to just cook the barely like rice. I’m guessing 2 to 2 and 1/4 cups and 7-8 whistles, if you just want cooked barley.

  3. Konkani Foodie

    This is the first time I visit your website and I must say you have a great collection of recipes. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Dee

    this recipe rocks madhu!!

  6. Madhuram

    Lakshmi, thank you very much for trying it. Glad that it came out well too.

    Trupti, you won’t be disappointed with the taste at all. It was absolutely delicious.

  7. Trupti

    This is wonderful….I love barley in my soups too, I’d like to try this.

  8. Lakshmi


    I tried the zucchini fries. Came out amazingly well 🙂 Harish loved them and my daughter Nandini also had a couple of bites. And the best part is, we did not feel guilty digging into the “fries”. Thanks for the recipe.


  9. Madhuram

    Thanks everybody for your lovely comments. But I cannot take the credit here, because it’s J&B’s recipe. I have to thank them on behalf of everybody.

    SpiceLove, welcome to my blog. I did visit your blog. You too have an interesting space there. I will be back again.

    SS, you are flattering me now.

    Cynthia, welcome to my blog. I’m very glad to see your comment here.

    Sangeeth, welcome to my blog. Glad you liked the recipe.

    Lakshmi, thank you very much for such a wonderful comment. Don’t be sorry. I love to read the comments. Sort of an addict now. :mrgreen:
    Hope you got my email too.

    Spillay, try it with soups and this dish too. It’s very tasty and healthy too.

  10. Spillay

    Hi Madhuram! I’m glad that you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!!! We ended up going roller skating and stuffing ourselves with KFC after that 😉 . (I know – my vegetarian challenge now seems so ‘long ago’. Ha! Ha!). Thank you for all the sweet comments you left me…..

    This dish looks wonderful. I’ve only had barley as a drink all these while and never really cooked it as a meal before, not even in soups!! Must give this a go!!

    Have a great week!! 😛

  11. Mansi

    nicely adapted form J&B’s original madhu! sure looks healthy and tasty:)

  12. Lakshmi


    I am big fan of your blog( came here via Laksh’s blog) and have been an avid reader for some months now. Have been trying to get into your blog since morning, but it kept giving me some error. Finally got in and what a dish! Wow! It looks so amazing and I will defn give it a shot. But I do not have pearl barley, at least what I have is probably not that. Is it alright to use any barley for this dish?

    Today with the weather being so dull, I felt like making something crunchy but not unhealthy. What better than to make your zucchini fries! I am going to try them out tonight, hopefully they will come out good.

    Sorry about the long comment, but todays dish rocks! 🙂


  13. sangeeth

    wow! your post is really inspiring…cant wait to try it out your way 😉

  14. Cynthia


    Your blog must be a haven for people who do not like eggs 😛 Your recipes look so delicious.

    I’ve never tried cooking barley as a savoury dish.

  15. Arundathi

    What a great substitute for rice in a thair sadam! cool idea – thanks for sharing!

  16. kamala

    surely Barley thayirsadam rocks madhu,though i am not a big fan of Barley i will try soon

  17. SS

    I used to drink Barley water when I was pregnant , I have a great resource to impress my in-laws when they visit us this summer 😀

  18. SpiceLove

    This is a fantastic site!I simply loved the recipes 😛
    I have a food blog as well, which you might want to visit and share your views on.


  19. Roma

    Nutritious, yet filling dish with an excellent by-product.

  20. Anjali Damerla

    Never thought of barley in this avatar.
    This is one super healthy recipe. Good way to introduce barley into kids meals.

  21. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    This sounds awesome.I loved your idea of maavadu.. the tangy flavour is great!!

  22. RedChillies

    Food blogs are a great way of getting so many ideas isn’t it? With so much talk about Barley and its benefits, I am sure I will try this recipe soon.

  23. Nithu

    Wow!! sounds different and tempting. sure will try sometime.

  24. Madhuram

    Bee, I’m going to wait for you to experiment it.

    Cham, don’t wait to try that. It’s so tasty. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    Kavya, welcome to my blog. In my place I get pearl barley both in the Indian store and in the american grocery store also.

    Shweta, welcome to my blog. Thank you very much for the nice words about my blog. Sure, Shweta just buy it right away and prepare it, you won’t be disappointed.

    Divya do give it a try. It’s healthy as well as tasty. Start including it in your soups.

    Uma, thanks.

  25. Uma

    lovely. happy mother’s day to you too.

  26. Shweta

    You have a beautiful blog! I am seriously tempted to go buy some barley right away, your pictures are so enticing! 🙂

  27. DivyA Vikram

    looks awesome madhu..havent tried my hands in barley yet..thanks fo the recipe.nice pic too.

  28. kavya

    This looks lovely !!! Can you tell me whr we can get barley in US…Do you know if the indian stores here carry them???

  29. Cham

    Wow is that barley, i have some quick cooking barley in my pantry, i know what 2 do now… 😀 Their recipes and pic re always rocking Madhu 😉 Beaut pic & Happy mother’s day!

  30. bee

    glad you liked it, dear madhuram. we now have whole barley (with the hull intact) in the pantry. i’m wondering how this recipe will turn out with that.