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 Uses of Barley, Jau with Indian Recipes


11 Uses of Barley, Jau with Indian Recipes

Barley is a cereal grain that grows all around the world. The texture of barley is chewy and it tastes kind of nutty. There are various varieties of barley available but the most famous is Pearl Barley. It is fibrous, full of protein and super healthy to consume. There are many uses of Barley, one of them being used a replacement of rice in different recipes.

1. Barley is a cereal grain that can be used whole, cracked or even as a flour. This flour can be used to make barley breads, muffins and even pancakes. 

2. Since barley is a nutritional product and keeps the body cool, it is used in making kanji, a summer drink. To make this barley is first Roasted and powdered and cooked with a little water. Once cooked, it is had with milk and sugar, which in turn helps regulating the body temperature. 

3. Barley is recommended by dieticians all over the world as it is high in fiber, proteins and also aids weight loss. You too can try it in the form of Nourishing Barley Soup, if you are aiming at reach your weight loss targets.

Nourishing Barley SoupNourishing Barley Soup

4. Barley can be used as a substitute of rice in Indian recipes like Barley and Moong dal khichdi.

Barley and Moong Dal KhichdiBarley and Moong Dal Khichdi

5. Since it is widely cultivated in the Middle East, it is used in a range of Arabic, Turkish and Persian cuisines. 

6. Pearl barley is commonly used to nourish soups, stews etc. Due to its chewy texture, it adds a rich component to soups like Coconut Barley Soup. In Saudi Arabia, barley soup is traditionally eaten during Ramadan. 

Coconut Barley Soup

Coconut Barley Soup

7. Cracked barley or barley flakes can be used like other nourishing cereals to make porridges etc. 

8. Barley can also be used to make South Indian delicacies like Mysore Dosa and Barley Idli.

Barley IdliBarley Idli

9. Barley is one of the primary ingredients used in beer, whiskey and other alcoholic beverages.

10. Combining cooked barley with vegetables and dressings of your choice make delicious and healthy salads like Chickpea, Mushroom and Barley Salad.

Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing

11. Non-alcoholic beverages like barley water and barley tea are prepared by boiling barley in water.

Homemade Strained Barley Water Recipe, Clear Fluid Recipe

Homemade Strained Barley Water Recipe, Clear Fluid Recipe


11 Uses Of Barley, Jau With Indian Recipes



Life can be tough without comforting khichdi to keep you company! One of the homeliest of meals, khichdi is satiating and soothing to the palate. Here’s an innovative twist, we have used fibre-rich barley to make this khichdi. A good replacement for rice, barley combines very well with moong dal and mild spices to create a comfort food that keeps you satiated for a long time due to its high fibre content. Apart from curbing cholesterol, barley also helps control weight gain. To this effect, we have also avoided ghee and used heart-friendly olive oil instead. Have this easy-to-make Barley and Moong Dal Khichdi with a bowl of low-fat curds, to make a light but wholesome One Dish Meals .
Can something be soothing and peppy at the same time? Yes! In this unique Coconut Barley Soup, coconut milk, milk and barley provide a soothing base, while pungent ginger, garlic and green chillies provide a spicy touch enhanced by the lemon grass and spring onions. This zesty soup is made more sumptuous and colourful by the addition of cubed carrots.
Name the texture, name the flavour, and you are sure to find it in this exciting salad. From cucumber for a juicy crunch, and kabuli chana for a mealy touch, to barley and mushrooms for chewiness and sun-dried tomatoes for tang, this Salads features a wide assortment of ingredients, further enhanced with a tongue-tickling dressing of peppy vinegar, refreshing lemon juice and olive oil – which does the balancing act. Enjoy the Chick Pea, Mushroom and Barley Salad with Balsamic Dressing chilled, to relish an exciting crunch and to avoid sogginess.

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