The Munchkins’ Barley Soup

Every Monday afternoon, Savta Martha heads down to the Annex to hang out with “the munchkins”: Levi and Zoe Shem-Tov. And every Monday she makes the soup below, which she asks me to let readers know is “low-glycemic index” and “good for you.” Levi who is a charming little five year old, who can be heard in the background summoning my mom: “Savta, come feed me.” Yep. Come feed me too! This soup is quick and easy to make (like most Martha dishes) and is healthy and delish – especially when you need a soup to warm you up. Savta, you will have to explain to Levi’s wife one day, why his expectations are so high! :>)


  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup of brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup of split green peas
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped [“Chopped, or diced,” Martha says, “I don’t know how you call it,”
  • 4 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • tie together a bit of parsley and dill, NOT chopped
  • 3 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 1 tbsp of salt; 1 flat tsp of pepper
  • 8-10 cups of water


  1. Rinse barley, lentils & split peas and put in pot;
  2. Add chopped celery & carrots
  3. Add chicken thighs
  4. Add parsley, dill, salt and pepper
  5. Bring to boil; once it boils cook on medium for 30-40 minutes
  6. Remove dill and parsley – throw out
  7. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and seve
  8. VARIATION: add one tin (24 oz) of diced tomatoes

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