Barley Pongal ~ Barley Katte Pongali

Barley Katte Pongali

When I was thinking of 5 whole grain prasadam , I remembered that I bought hulled barley recently. I made barley, sprouted moongdal soup couple of times, it goes well with beans/ dal’s in soups. From there I got the idea of semi solid savory pongal with mung dal.

After making this dish, I searched in web for Indian  barley recipes and got few more interesting ideas . I will try those ideas and hopefully will come out with some interesting and healthy recipes with this high fiber ingredient.


  1. Hulled Barley – 1/2 Cup ( Can use pearled barley)
  2. Mung Dal – 1/2 Cup
  3. Cumin – 1 tsp
  4. Ginger Grated – 2 tsp
  5. Black Pepper Corn – 2 tsp
  6. Curry leaves – 5
  7. Salt -1 tsp ( To taste )
  8. Oil – 1 tsp
  9. Water –  3 Cups


  • Wash Barley and Mung dal together and keep  aside.
  • Heat oil in pressure cooker or in a vessel on medium-high, when the oil becomes hot, add Cumin, grated Ginger, Pepper corn and curry leaves, 
  • Wait until nice aroma comes from the above seasoning and add Barley, Dal. 
  • Mix all ingredients well and stir for 1 min and add water.
  • Add salt and adjust to your taste.
  • Cover with pressure cooker lid and put  vent weight on.
  • Cook until you get 2 whistles and switch off the stove.
  • Serve immediately when the Pongal is hot.

Baley Pongal



  • When the Pongal is hot the consistency is semi solid, but once it cools down to room temperature pongal will become dry as you see in the picture. I was preparing other dishes like Wheat rava sweet pongal, Brown rice pulav and Oats daddojanam while this was cooling down to room temperature. 

Nutrition Information:

Total carbohydrate calories per weight is almost same when you compare  barley with white rice. But barley is very high in fiber, iron, potassium, folate and even in protein content. So, you end up eating less quantity than rice. Read more: here


3 Responses to Barley Pongal ~ Barley Katte Pongali

  1. Priya says:

    I tried this recipe. Very delicious, filling and easy to cook. Even my 4 yr old liked it.I would definetly consider this as a meal atleast once a week.

  2. Keerthi says:

    Nice weight watcher and delicious dish. I loved it. Thanks!!!

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