Recently, a lot has changed in the way we choose to prepare and consume food. The world has been consciously shifting to healthier diets and food habits. Mindful eating has made its way back to our plates and number of brands are taking the initiative to give their customers organic foods that are not only nutritious but also show persistent quality.
A brand that I recently encountered, stands for the same principles and offers a plethora of healthy food options for you to choose from. TrueFarm Foods has a variety of organic foods to stock up on and out of the many products on their shelves, I tried the Organic Whole grain Barley.
About the Product:
This organic whole grain hulled barley is said to have high dietary fibre and antioxidants along with a number of vitamins and minerals. It’s great for daily intake as it controls sugar and fat among many other things.
Barley is a high protein whole grain that boasts of major health benefits. This particular product from TrueFarm Foods shows quality when it comes to taste and the amount of time it takes to cook. It is also completely unprocessed, which not only adds to its list of benefits but also sets it apart from a majority of similar products in the market. Neatly packed and sold at a price of Rs. 45 for 250 g of the product, it is not very heavy on the pocket either.
With an inherent nutty flavour and a slightly chewy texture, this product resembles brown rice once cooked and you can use it in a similar way.
How to Cook it:
The process of cooking this grain needs to begin by soaking it in an equal amount of water for no less than four hours. This will not only get barley to cook quicker, but it will also help breakdown complex sugars and gluten which makes it easier to digest.
Once the barley is soaked, add in a vessel with twice the amount of water and let it simmer on a medium to low flame until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Make sure to cover the vessel to fasten the process.
(One pot Barley)
1 cup cooked barley
1 small tomato chopped
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 packet of mushrooms chopped
1/2 cup boiled chickpeas
1/2 tsp of chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp raw mango power
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
In a heated non-stick pan, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot enough, add in the mushrooms and saute.
The next step is to add barely, chickpeas, bell pepper and all the spices.
Mix well and add in the tomatoes along with salt, lemon juice and basil leaves.
Mix well, garnish and serve hot.
* If you want you can add onions, spinach or any kind of meat.
1 cup cooked barley
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1-2 cardamom pods
Pinch of saffron
Chopped nuts and dried rose petals.
In a pan, pour in the milk and let it come to a simmer.
Add in the barley along with the honey, cardamom and saffron.
Let this cook for around 8-10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
Garnish with chopped nuts and dried rose petals. Serve hot or cold.
Where to buy it:
You can get your hands on this product and many more on www.truefarmfoods.com