Recipes, Food Styling and Photography by Farrukh Aziz
Barley Lemon Honey water
Barley is commonly called as ‘Jau or Jav” in India. Barley- a cereal that existed since our ancestor’s era. This miraculous grain is stacked with several health benefits, but we disregarded the prosperity of this god- send boon. The present era is so health and fitness conscious that gradually we are rising up to the fact-home remedies are better to prevent the ailments compared to chemical remedies.
Have you really ever wondered about how healthy barley is? Let’s savvy about the benefits of barley. It is richly filled with soluble and insoluble fibres that induces the reduction of triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Barley aids digestion by disposing harmful toxins and maintaining healthy bowel movements, probably the best tonic for gastric inflammations.
The beta-glucan fibre present in barley cuts the risk of Type-2 diabetes.
Selenium element present in barley preserves the elasticity of the skin giving us clean wrinkle free skin decelerating the signs of ageing.
The diuretic property of this grain keeps the urinary tract infection away. Barley is trusted remedy for kidney ailments. I can go on and on talking about the benefits of barley as they are just endless.
Drinking barley water induces the urinations releasing the toxins out of the body. It acts as a cooling agent, hence reduce the burning sensations of the stomach. During summers, the regular consumption of barley water brings down the heat content of the body. It is an excellent substitute for fizzy beverages.
Barley water has a bland taste, so adding a dash of lemon and honey will not only enhance the taste but also provide health benefits of lemon and honey too. Regular consumption of this barley water helps in weight loss too. With so many advantages of barley, for me it is definitely the best drink. So, next time when you think about coolers, I bet it has to be this 😉
100 gms, barley
1.5 litres, water
lemon juice as required
honey as required
Few mints leaves
Few ice cubes(optional)
Clean, and wash pearl barley.
In a vessel or a pan, bring the water to boil.
Once water starts to rolling boil, add barley, simmer until water reduces to 1litre and turns milky. While boiling, remove the scum if any
Take it off the stove, strain and allow it to cool completely.
Chill it in refrigerator for few hours
Just before serving, add 2 tsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of honey in each serving glasses along with few ice cubes and mint leaves
Fill each glasses with prepared barley water- stir, sip and enjoy.
Barley water can be prepared in a bulk and kept in refrigerator easily for 2-3 days
Add lemon juice and honey just prior to serving.
You can re-use the strained barley pearls in soups, salads, porridge or curries
In a day, you can stir and enjoy this barley water as much as you want
Adjust honey and lemon juice as per your preference
Farrukh is a microbiologist by qualification turned into a Food enthusiast. Winner at Indiblogger Awards & IFBA
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