Thursday, June 9, 2011

Barley - The drink of the God's

Barley water is an ancient refreshing drink. They believed that Barley is the drink of God's.
Barley water is a good remedy to fair up skin complexions and prevent wrinkles. It is a great source of magnesium, which reacts with many different enzymes that involve glucose levels in the body. This can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The fiber that comes from barley water is also known to lower cholesterol. The insoluble fiber is beneficial to women in preventing the formation of gallstones and infection in the urinary tract during pregnancy. It contains a nutrient Lignans that help in preventing cancer.
Many scholars say regularly drinking two-thirds of barley and water solution can be an antidote to the many possible diseases the body can have and help us live a healthy life.
The following recipe has been handed over generation to generation in our family. So let's jump straight to this simple yet healthy drink recipe.


Barley - 1/2 cup
Water - 10 cups
Salt as per taste


1) Place the barley in a sieve and rinse under cold water until water runs clear.
1) In a large bowl place the barley and water and bring it to a nice boil. This take about 30 - 40 minutes.
2) Once done set aside to cool by itself for 8 - 9 hours (This is done to ensure we get all the nutritive value)
3) Strain and serve in a glass adding little salt to taste.


1) You can also make your own specialty drink using lemon zest, lemon juice and honey/sugar for a different taste.
2) Try using the barley pearls into your other recipes like soup, salad etc
3) There are also quick barley packets available in the market, as they are already steamed and dried they will cook in less then 10 minutes.
4) You can also pressure cook the barley and let them sit aside to cool (1 cup barley and 8 cup water).

Sending this to the event by Sumadhura : Cooking with whole foods

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