Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Barley water and soup

Probably, barley water is not the most exciting or tasty drink for many of us. A healthy, earthy flavor chewy grain is a great source of fiber, known to lower the cholesterol level, blood glucose and reduce gallbladder stone. Once the barley is fermented, beer is made!
Barley water is served as a homemade remedy for pregnant women who retain water in their body. At the end of last trimester some woman, have the face, feet, hand swallowed due to water retention. You might have heard from your granny or mom saying at the last trimester, reduce the intake of salt and check for blood pressure. I didn’t had any water retention but drunk once every two weeks to diuretic (increase flow of urine).
If you suffer from kidney stones, the frequent urinating help pass out the blocked stone! Or drunk in summer time when we have less urinating. But be careful not to be dehydrated.
This remedy is homemade for natural diuretic and followed in my home. If the symptoms persists for more than a day, need to consult a physician, it could be a serious symptom of any disease. I am neither a physician nor dietitian.
I used quick cooking barley in my recipe. Use the normal one, which has a great health benefit.

Barley water

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Ingredients:

Barley: 1/3 cup
Water: 3 ½ cups

Method:
Boil the water in a pot. Rinse the barley to take out the dirt. Add in boiling water. Simmer for an hour (if u use normal one), I prepared with quick cooking so mine was ready under 10 min.
Strain the water and drink without adding any salt! Probably little sugar or honey is ok!
But try to add little buttermilk if you don’t like the earthy smell, it is more pleasant to drink and can be drinkable without salt! (Avoid buttermilk for kidney stone)


After drinking the water, the cooked barley can be added in soup! Don’t throw away! Here a n easy soup with few things from the freezer.

Barley soup


Cooked barley
Tomato juice/V8: ½ can
Water: 1  or 2 cup(s)
Frozen mixed veggies: a handful
Cooked Chicken meat ball: 3

Add everything in the cooked barley and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Salt and pepper can be adjusted according each indivual need. U has hearty and healthy and hearty meal!


I am sending the Barley water to Homemade remedies 2 - event originated by A2Z



62 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Have read many health benefits of barley....ur version looks healthy, perfect for the entry!

SS said...

Hey Cham.. nice to see this post using barley. Have never made anything with barley myself. Interesting.

Happy Cook said...

My hubby have kidney stoned for years, and that is has painfull as having babies. I shouldtell him aobut the barley water, if he rinks it or not that is another thing.

Cham said...

Happy Cook: I agree with kidney stone pain- my husb is on the list too. But hard to make them drink plain, soup is great but again never add tomato for kidney stone.

forkbootsandapalette said...

its also good if u have nausea during pregnancies...this is such a yum way to consume barley water..great pics too!

Gulmohar said...

I have a love hate relationship with barley water..lol..The soup looks terrific and thanks for sharing this cool and healthy idea, Cham :-)

Ruchikacooks said...

Nandri Nandri nandri. So nice of you to send an entry for the event. Two in one, use it in soups recipe use for soups also.

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Ruchikacooks said...

actually there is an event going on, with left over stuff..forgot where, will find out, you can send the barley soup for that?

Priya said...

Barley water, i do drink even now, its was one of my drink during my pregnancy..Soup looks awesome Cham..

Panchpakwan said...

Looks healthy..Very nice info abt barley.Thanks Cham for sharing..

roopa said...

Thats a wonderful post Cham, you know what, we had bought some barley from the nearest market, as we wanted to try something new from the Mexican/Goya foods isle and previously we could find some indian beans variety, dry peas, garbanzo and stuff there. Thanks for this post, i wanted to make this soup as i have heard its healthy .

AnuSriram said...

Have heard the benefits of barley... never tried though! Nice post! Soup looks comforting!

myspicykitchen said...

The soup is healthy and looks heavenly!

Meena said...

lovely soup...healthy yet looks so clear n lovely...great to read health benefits too..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

I just can't forget the barley water..During pregnancy if somebody says it is good..sure I would do it..Drank loads of pomegranate juice too (they said baby will be very fair)...pic pathi sollavae venam..

Akal's Saappadu said...

I drink and do barley water regularly too!! that's a nice healthy post!! and I find the re-use of the cooked barley very useful too, (I've always wasted it) the soup looks delicious & rich & filling with vegetables and chicken balls !!!

Ruchikacooks said...

http://spicylounge.blogspot.com/ Thats the link for leftover food ideas event

PS said...

i have tried soup with barley flour, your recipe sounds interesting, will give it a try..

anudivya said...

I have heard it too... that it is good for water retention.
Got a bag, but luckily never needed it, so ended up making barley salad with it.
How are you Cham? Long time...

Cynthia said...

I have learnt so much from this post!

By the way, I love the new look.

Gita said...

This barley water is new to me...I usually use barley in soups...good to know about barley water...thanks for sharing Cham :)

infopedia said...

Its an interesting article...I have heard that barley water is a remedy for obesity as well
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Sonia said...

Good info abt Barley. Great post Cham. :)

Divya Kudua said...

I was forced to have this when I had Jaundice..so this is something which I do not have fond memories of!!

Curry Leaf said...

I too make the same Cham.Though ofcourse barley powder also works I think.I too use pearl barley.I never knew buttermilk is nt good for Kidney stone? Thgh yes,tomatoes should be avoided bcoz of the seeds.
Yet to try a soup with barley.The soup is healthy and quick.

Soma said...

I still hate barley water :-) I guess mostly becoz of the memories from home :-) but love barley in soups and salads. Looks really good.
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Cham said...

Curry leaf: Buttermilk or dairy products- calcium rich food should be avoided! That is why i mentionned no buttermilk and tomato for kidney stone patients!

Nandini said...

This is a very nutritious soup! Good for health.

Divya Vikram said...

Love the soup recipe :)

notyet100 said...

wow,...healthy post..;-)

sowmya's creative saga said...

good useful post..

SathyaSridhar said...

hey cham,,, wooow superb home remedy recipe,, i was searching for barley recipes found your's simply superb,,,very useful information barley water i use to drink before marriage my mom make that for me..

Vrinda said...

I always keep barley in my shelf..nice n healthy drink

M D said...

The barley soup is new to me. I would love to give a try with just veggies of course ;). Looks simple and easy too... :)

Usha said...

Very informative post ! I have never had barley water but use barley regularly in soups and such !

Srimathi said...

Hi Cham, My mom's go to recipe is barley for the water in the body to drain. Thanks for posting about it, now I will be able to access it when need be.

Ruchikacooks said...

Ellam unga asirvadam.. I told you know, you gave me so much encouragement when I started blogging

Padhu said...

Nice way to include barley in our diet. Though I know the health benefits of barley,somehow I do not like the taste .Adding buttermilk will definitely make it more palatable.Thanks for sharing Cham

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo now this is what i call a relaxing dish...comfort one..i loved the click of that barley chicken soup..slurppp

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Pavithra said...

Have never tried anything with barley and I am glad that I came across your blog.. Got a lovely space dear

Pedhakka said...

nice clicks !!

Madhavi said...

Helthy and new recipe for me, greattt post :))

Malar Gandhi said...

Very healthy one' like that soup very much, innovative dish.

PJ said...

very nice info about barley water! barley is something i have recently started using in my cooking.. this one is a delicious soup i would love to make someday!

my kitchen said...

Healthy & good one especially for summer.Looks interesting dear

Dershana said...

oh yeah, this along with tender coconut water was my staple during preggies days! now, i make my baby drink it too :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

New to me,the barley + butter milk drink,thanks for sharing!

Pravs said...

we use barley at home and have heard many health benefits of it too. Used with buttermilk and in soup is a good idea to try.

Suma Rajesh said...

hey cham...tried ur raw garlic chutney...have updated in my blog..have a look :)

Red Chillies said...

I lovely barley water and then love nibbling on those cooked, chewy grains. Like your version Cham.

nandini said...

Hey i remember having gallons of that when i was pregnant.. Actually i remember liking it too. The soup is looking lovely. I am sure i am going to try that.

Yasmeen said...

I believe in barley's healing power and use often in cooking.Love the water and soup :D

Viki's Kitchen said...

Great soup and good to know it during summer. Soup looks rich with that meat ball. Very nice post dear.

Tina said...

Healthy and delicious soup...

veggie belly said...

i love barley in soups..i had no idea barley had so many health benefits, thanks for posting!

San said...

Captivating blurb with facts.Soup is delicious n refreshing.

SpicyTasty said...

Barley water is definitely a nutritious one. I've heard so many healthy benefits in barley. Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing.

aquadaze said...

This is such an informative post Cham. Thanks for sharing. Lovely pictures, as always.

SathyaSridhar said...

Dear Cham,,thanks for stopping by in my blog...do visit again.

Ruchika said...

Nethikku post yengae kanoom..Naanum wait pani wait pani paathen :(

Cham said...

Sow:Konjam busy S. is enjoying his Spring break! attan ellam late :(