Lemon Barley Water has many many benefits, one of the most important one being that it helps hydrate and cool the body. As a result, it is a must have in my home during summers.

Lemon Barley Water
Lemon Barley Water

This year, summer set in in Mumbai without a warning. We were having balmy 28°C to 30°C, when suddenly one day the temperature soared to 38°C, highest ever for February! You can imagine just how many people fell ill. Thankfully, we have had more moderate temperatures since then.

So here I am with the recipe for Lemon Barley Water, a super summer cooler. As an added bonus, the high-fibre, low-calorie barley leftover from making this water can be used in salads or even a Mushroom-Barley Risotto.

Lemon Barley Water is also known to reduce water retention in women as it is a great diuretic.

You could also try my recipes for Shikanji | Indian Lemonade, Nimmakaya Majjiga | Buttermilk with Lemon Juice, Savoury Ragi Ambli | Ragi Malt, and Jal Jeera.

Barley Water

How to Make Lemon Barley Water

Serves: 4 to 6

Soaking Time: 6 Hours

Cooking Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients

  1. Pearl Barley, Jau – 1/4 Cup
  2. Water – 3 Cups
  3. To Serve:
    1. Lemon Juice
    2. Sugar

Method

  1. Wash to barley well and then soak in 2 cups water for 6 to 8 hours. Soaking the barley softens the fibre in it and makes it easier to digest. This is an important step, especially if you plan to eat the barley after making the water.

  2. Drain all the water.
  3. Transfer the barley into a large vessel and add 3 cups of water.
  4. Over medium flame, boil the water till the barley is soft. It took about 20 minutes for me as I had soaked the barley well for about 8 hours.

  5. Cover and set aside till the water cools to room temperature.
  6. Strain the water. Use the cooked barley in salads or to make a risotto.
  7. Serving Lemon Barley Water
    1. Add lemon juice and sugar or honey.
    2. Mix well.
    3. You serve this drink at room temperature or after chilling it.
  8. Storing the Barley Water
    • Refrigerate the unused water.
Lemon Barley Water
Lemon Barley Water

Recipe for Lemon Barley Water

Lemon Barley Water

Lemon Barley Water: A Summer Cooler

Lemon Barley Water is a very easy to make homemade recipe that keeps the body cool and hydrated during summers. All you do is boil soaked barley, and add lemon juice and sugar or honey to the strained water, and you have a nutritious cooler.
Cook Time 30 mins
Soaking Time 6 hrs
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 Cup Pearl Barley Jau
  • 3 Cups Water
  • To Serve:
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Wash to barley well and then soak in 2 cups water for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Drain all the water.
  • Transfer the barley into a large vessel and add 3 cups of water.
  • Over medium flame, boil the water till the barley is soft.
  • Let the barley water cool and then strain the water.

Storing the Barley Water

  • Refrigerate the water.

Serving Lemon Barley Water (Room temperature or chilled)

  • Add lemon juice and sugar or honey.
  • Mix well.
Keyword Barley Water, Lemon Barley Water, Summer Cooler

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