High in fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, barley is one of those old fashioned grains that is perhaps not considered to be as trendy as some other popular ones being marketed today. I like its nutty taste and the soft texture that never becomes mushy and it is lower in calories and fats than most other ancient grains.
Combined with fresh mint and greek yoghurt, this is a light soup that I first discovered in the back streets of a small cafe in Istanbul.
I love the fresh onion and garlic available locally right now with a milder taste and I make sure to use all the bulb and leaves. They are never overpowering.