How do you make barley soup?
Welcome to Study Guides!

Barley soup recipe

Barley soup
Barley soup (thanks to Wikipedia)

September 2016 - You can eat like a medieval peasant by making your own barley soup at home. Start by peeling a carrot, a turnip, a parsnip, and an onion. Chop them up into bite-size pieces. Also chop one stalk of celery and two cloves of garlic. In a large pot, put one quart of water, 1/2 cup of uncooked barley (you'll find it in the bulk foods at the grocery store), and all the vegetables. Add a can of chickpeas too and a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, and a handful of any other chopped herbs you have around like parsley, rosemary, thyme, or oregano. Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer over low heat, covered with a lid, for an hour. If the soup gets too thick, add more water.

To make a classic Turkish barley pudding, take a cup of barley and boil it in 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt. When it boils, simmer it covered for an hour until the barley is very soft and has soaked up the water. Then add a cup of sugar and 2 cups of milk and pour the mixture into a greased bread pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put a roasting pan half full of water in the oven. Carefully put the barley pudding into the water, so that the water comes about halfway up the sides of the bread pan. Bake for half an hour and then stir; then bake for another half an hour. Add 1 cup chopped walnuts (if you like walnuts) and a handful of raisins and mix the pudding, then sprinkle it with cinnamon and bake for ten more minutes or until the pudding is set. Good warm or cold.

More about barley
More about chickpeas

Bibliography and further reading about barley:

More about barley
More about West Asian food home

For Presidents' Day, check out our articles about Washington in the Revolutionary War and Lincoln in the Civil War. Find out about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the other Amendments, and how Washington promised to include freedom of religion.
Please help other teachers and students find us: link to this page from your class page.
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.
Cite this page
  • Author: K.E. Carr
  • Title:
  • Site Name: Study Guides
  • Publisher:
  • Date Published:
Proud of your class page, homework page, or resource page? Send it in and win a "Great Page!" award!
Sign up for more free articles and special offers in' weekly newsletter:
We will never share your e-mail address unless you allow us to do so. View our privacy policy. Easy unsubscribe links are provided in every email.
Comment on This Article

Cool stuff we've been enjoying: Looking for birthday gifts? Check out these new Chromebooks - all the computer you need for only $229.00!. Then study in peace with these Beats wireless headphones - for the exact same price! When you're done, show off your presentation or watch a movie with this excellent smartphone projector for only $39.99!

Does your class page honor diversity, celebrate feminism, and support people of color, LBGTQ people, and people with disabilities? Let us know, and we'll send you a Diversity Banner you can proudly display!
Looking for more?
ADVERTISEMENT is loading comments...
(Comments will appear after moderation, if they are kind and helpful. Feel free to ask questions, and we'll try to answer them.)
Cite this page
  • Carr, K.E. . Study Guides, . Web. 22 February, 2017