Barley Conjee/Barley Buttermilk Porridge

Weight loss has become the buzz these days.  Obesity named as the main reason behind many lifestyle affecting diseases .For this week’s Blogging Marathon, I will be posting recipes which I follow as part of my healthy diet.
I m too part of this so called obese society.  So when I decided to lose weight and become healthy,  I got a helping hand from Sangeeta Khanna,  a Nutriontist and a blogger, who made me understand what real food is and to be healthy is not a program followed for a month or two but a lifestyle change that helps to become healthy from inside. When that is achieved, everything else will fall in place. 
So, if you are ready for that lifestyle change, go and meet a dietician/nutritionist who can help you to know what is best for you and guide you to a new you. I m following sangeeta’s advice for about 9 months  now and I see a big change in me, not only me others too notice it. By knowing what is good and what is bad I m able to provide a better nutrition to my whole family.  Thanks to her!!!
For the next 3 days, I will be sharing some healthy recipes advised to me by her, that helps you to begin a healthy change. 
Barley porridge, most women would have tasted this during pregnancy.  When there is water retention and swelling of feet, first thing in the morning would be this porridge,  it used to taste very bland and oh my and mom used to push it down my throat! !!
The same porridge I make now for myself,  a bit different and it tastes yum. Water retention during weight loss is very common,  at least to me. So those times and also whenever I feel like I need a detox (after heavy eating), I go for this porridge for my breakfast.  I make about 3 or 4 glasses of this and keep having it till midmorning.  Only inconvenience is going to the loo often, but very effective!!!

2.5 cups water
1 tbsp barley powder
1 cup buttermilk
Handful of mint leaves
Half a green chili
handful of coriander leaves
1/2 tsp shredded ginger
Salt to taste

  • To make barley powder, take 1/2 cup of pearl barley in a mixer and grind it to powder. You won’t get a fine powder but minimally coarse powder that doesn’t feel coarse when felt n your hands. I have this powder in a Ziploc pouch in my freezer. 
  • Take 1 cup water and mix 1 tbsp of barley powder to it. Mix well without any lumps, take it to the stove sbf cook in a medium flame with constant stirring to form a slury. The mixture turn cloudy and the minute coarse of barley will seen cooked.  It will take about 5-10 minutes for this. Remember the mixture will look precipitated/cloudy;  but not thick gooey mass.
  • Take it off the flame.  Add mint leaves and green chili. Keep it covered and let it cool down.After it cools down, add remaining 1.5 cups of water and buttermilk to it.add  salt, coriander leaves, ginger and mix well. 
  • Serve immediately or keep it on the counter and Sip it often till mid-morning. If you prefer you can even use a hand blender for a smooth frothy porridge.