It’s always super good to introduce your children with wholesome super grains diet like barley cereal porridge instead of the same old rice and wheat.
Barley was the main staple food of the Harappans which were presumably made into bread and perhaps also cooked with water to make porridges.
It was also an essential staple in ancient Greece since it made up a large diet for athletes.
It is a rich source of carbohydrates helped them gained weight and maintain a spectacular physique to please the people.
The Romans wasted no time in reaping all their benefits and barley was the most popular grain in the Republican era.
This is loaded with nutrients and packs many impressive health benefits, ranging from improved digestion to promoting a healthier heart. It is available in many forms like hulled barley to barley grits, flakes and flour.
1. Sources Of Barley
Whole grain barley- they have all the three parts of grain kernel( the bran, endosperm, germ). Since it is a whole part, it is richer in minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients, fibre than refined grains. It is not suitable in this form for consumption.
Hulled barley- Only the hull is polished or scrubbed off , it’s called hulled or dehulled or hull-less barley.
Pot or scotch barley– It’s polished a bit further so that it cooks quicker.
Pearl Barley– It does not have a bran layer and polished a bit further.
Barley flakes – in which the whole grain barley is steamed, rolled flat and dried.
Barley flour – can be made from whole grain or pearl barley. It has a light golden flour and a nutty taste.
2. How to store Barley?
We should keep uncooked and cooked barley in an airtight container. Keep it in a dry, cool place for up to one year.
Keep it in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer up to one month.
4. Tips Before Using Barley
- There is no need to rinse barley before using it. Cooked barley will absorb liquids even after cooking. If a dish thickens, add water to it. For salads and pulaos, use 1-2 parts of water to 1 part of barley.
- For soups use 3 parts of water to one cup of barley. Use a rice cooker to cook barley.
5. Health Benefits Of Barley
- It is non-allergic and suitable for weaning foods.
- It promotes easy digestion.
- Being high in fibre, it regulates good bowel movements.
- It improves liver function by reducing the production of bile acids.
- It is rich in minerals like manganese, magnesium, chromium, selenium, copper and phosphorus.
4. At What Age Should I Introduce Barley To My Baby?
Solid foods are introduced to your baby only at the age of six months. Barley is not preferred as the first food at six months. Before introducing any new food, follow the three-day thumb rule.
It is better to avoid barley before one year of there is any family history of celiac disease or gluten allergy in the family.
5. How To Make Barley Cereal Porridge At Home?
Preparation time- 5 mins
Cooking time- 10 mins
Organic barley cereals – 2 tbsps
Water – required amount
- Mix the barley cereal in water in without lumps.
- Cook on a low flame for 10-20 mins or in a pressure cooker for two whistles.
- You can also add some breast milk to thin out the porridge.
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