Mint Barley Drink
Barley is a perfect drink for summer. Being living in a tropical country, where the climate is totally unpredictable. Sometimes it will be hot sunny and suddenly in the evening heavy pouring of rain. Gosh !! Sometimes the climate will be too annoying especially when it is too hot. Usually when its summer, there are high chances to get stomach upsets and sometimes abdominal irritations. On such cases, the most reliable home made recipe to stay hydrated is " Barley Drink". Whenever I go Toast Box, my hubby always insist me to drink "Barley water". I always avoid until I taste it. They usually add lemon juice to enhance flavour. But now I have become true addict of Barley Drink. In my recipe here, I added few mint leaves & cumin seeds to enhance the taste better. Try this summer coolant at home and stay hydrated.
Barley - 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp (crushed)
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
Mint leaves - few
Salt - as needed
Sugar - 1 pinch
Water - 5 cups
Wash barley and clean it. Cook it in a wide pan by adding atleast 5 cups of water. Bring it to boil till it become soft. (If need, you can pressure cook it for 2 whistles).
Once it cooked soft, add the crushed cumin seeds and cook it in a low flame for another 10 mins. Let the flavour of cumin seeds get incorporated with Barley. Once it cooked soft, mash the barley & cumin seeds with laddle hand till it become mushy. Now add mint leaves and allow it to boil for another 2 mins. Stain this drink in a seive. Allow it to cool.
Once it cool, add 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice and a pinch of sugar. Add pinch of salt if necessary.
Enjoy the summer Mint flavoured Barley. It is an effective thrist quencher.