So here we are, the last day of the blogathon. Yayyyyy.. I completed it :-) It took me 5 years to write 100 blog posts . So writing 31 posts in a month is some thing big for me. Except for the kiddo’s bday post, I kept all my non-recipe posts around food too. It was fun doing food related post.
It’s only January but lot of things happened within this month. Not sure how this year is going to be. But this blogathon helped me to deviate from other worries and kept me going. I am really glad that I found some cool blogs, new blog friends and new readers. A warm welcome to my space and thanks to all :-)
Today, it’s going to be an informative cum recipe post. It’s all about Barley. (I am not going to talk about fermented barley, which is used in beer ;-)) One my friend was mentioning that barley water helps in weight loss. The word weight loss made me hooked to barley and I started reading about this grain a lot. OMG!!! I was so amazed by the benefits of this barley water. Weight loss is one among its benefits and you can read the other benefits here.
So I made a point that at least once a week we drink this amazing barley water and found a great idea to use the cooked barley also.
How to make barley water?
- ½ cup of pearl barley
- 4 cups of water
- Wash the barley and add 4 cups of water, till the water comes to nice boil.
- Let it cool and that’s it, barley water is ready.
Note: It’s an acquired taste. If you want you can add a little bit of salt. But I got used to without salt. It doesn’t taste that bad.
So now what to do with that cooked barley? Of course Idli and Dosa.
The cooked barley was approximately 2 cups. So I soaked 2 more cups of idly rice and 1 cup of urad dhal and grinded to get the idly batter. I just kept my 4:1 ratio of rice to urad dhal. 4 cups of rice became 2 of cups of cooked barley plus 2 cups of idly rice.
Both idly and dosai came our really good. There wasn’t any big difference in the taste. We really liked it. It’s always good to add more fiber to your food. So this barley water, barley idly and dosa became staple in our household.