Potato Barley Soup

  

This soup is what we traditionally broke the fast with in my family growing up. Unfortunately, I am unable to continue the tradition with my family. Soup for Yaffa is more difficult to eat,  and  my husband doesn’t enjoy it either. So that leaves only Raizel and me. Soup for 2 is not as much fun.  Sigh……. 

I am posting the recipe anyway, since it is tasty and part of my culinary legacy. When my mother made it, it was a labor of love and a work of art. My sisters make it every year.

Ingredients 

2 onions chopped 

6 potatoes pealed and cubed

1 cup barley 

Water to cover

Salt, pepper and fresh garlic, crushed 

Fresh dill at the end, if desired 

Instructions 

Sauté onions until translucent. Add the other ingredients and simmer until done.

This can also be made in a crockpot or  a pressure cooker. For the pressure cooker I recommend 10 minutes to pressure without the potatoes, release the pressure and then add the potatoes. Bring to pressure again for 7 minutes. Adjust the seasoning et voila, potato barley soup!

This soup is meant to be white. White is the color associated with Yom Kippur and purity. On this day we are asking to have our sins forgiven and to be returned to a higher level of spiritual purity.

  

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9 thoughts on “Potato Barley Soup

  1. Osyth September 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM Reply

    For me barley in soup is a distinctly Scottish thing …. many Scots dishes have barley in them – soups and stews alike and I love it – such a comforting reminder of growing up

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  2. deliciouslynell September 26, 2015 at 12:30 AM Reply

    Sounds delicious. 🙂

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  3. Lynz Real Cooking September 27, 2015 at 12:55 AM Reply

    So nice that it is tradition even if you don’t make it now it is wonderful to put it down and keep it! very lovely!

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