Meat Ball and Barley Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5 People
For making Meat Balls
  • Ground beef- 1 lb
  • Ground Cumin- ¾ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  • Breadcrumbs- ½ cup (optional)
For making Soup
  • Olive oil or Vegetable oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onion chopped- 1
  • Fresh Ginger chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Carrot, diced- 2
  • Celery, diced- 2 stalks
  • Barley- 2 cups (rinsed under water)
  • Coriander powder- 1½ tsp
  • Ground Cumin- 1 tsp
  • Chill powder- 2 tsp
  • Chicken stock or Beef Stock- 5 cups (Or use water)
  • Cilantro, chopped- ¼ cup
  • Salt- to taste
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef along with the ingredients mentioned above 'for making meat balls'.
  2. Make medium sized balls out of the ground beef mixture and keep aside.
  3. I made this soup in a pressure cooker. If you don't have a cooker, use a large soup pot and cook the soup till the meat balls have cooked well.
  4. Place a pressure cooker over medium heat, add oil.
  5. Add chopped onions, chopped ginger, carrot and celery, season with salt and saute for a few minutes.
  6. Add barley, combine well.
  7. Add coriander powder, ground cumin and chili powder. combine well.
  8. Add chicken stock or beef stock. Let the stock come to a boil.
  9. Add the prepared meat balls into the stock.
  10. Add the chopped cilantro.
  11. Cover the cooker with its lid, place the whistle and cook for 20 minutes or until 2 whistles.
  12. Open the cooker only after the pressure has subsided.
  13. Gently combine the soup well.
  14. If the soup is too thick, you can add some water to thin it down and cook for a couple more minutes.
  15. Taste and add more salt or ground pepper if needed.
  16. Serve in soup bowls and enjoy when it's warm.
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