Home » Breakfast bites, Healthy Drink

A Few Grains of Barley and Three Refreshing & Healthy Drinks!

8 March 2011 8 Comments

barley water and 3 recipes

Barley drinks are an excellent coolers for summer time. Easy to make, refreshing and healthy, Barley water is one of my favorite drink of any time. And now that my kids love the flavors too I make them often for my family. Try these quick energizer and am sure you will fall in love with it!

The Basic Barley water recipe is what you need first to make all other flavorful drinks. Hulled barley will be a very prudent choice for more of nutrition in your drink.

barley water and 3 recipes

Pearl Barley…

Try the Barley drinks with the Hulled Barley which has more of nutrients intact in it due to the bran present on the grain.

barley water and 3 recipes

assembly line for making Barley water..


Basic Barley Water


  • 1 cup of Pearl Barley (cracked or flour)
  • 6 cups of water

Method: If you can get the Hulled Barley you can get maximum nutrition from this grain. I had pearl Barley with me and I crushed the grains in my blender for a few minutes.

barley water and 3 recipes

Boil..boil my pearly Barley!

Pressure cooker is the best for quick cooking and boiling the Barley, it takes just 5 minutes on high flame for the grains to cook. Ye ou can boil the Barley in a broad vessel for 25-30 minutes on medium flame. Remove the vessel from heat and let it cool a little.

barley water and 3 recipes

3 flavors infusing into the Barley water..

Filter the boiled Barley and take the strained liquid in another vessel. Add desired flavors and add ons for a perfect Barley drink.

This is the basic recipe for making a plain Barley water, you can drink it as it is if you don’t mind adding any flavors to it.

barley water and 3 recipes

The moment of truth!


Cumin Flavored Barley Water


(serves 2)

  • 2 cups of Basic Barley water (above)
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. roasted Cumin powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida

Method: Fill two glasses with the basic Barley water. Add salt, cumin powder and stir. Serve chilled with ice cubes. You can add a dash of lemon juice and ginger for extra flavors. But believe me it tastes good without these add ons 🙂


Lemony Barley water


(serves 2)

  • 2 cups of Basic Barley water (above)
  • Salt or sugar as desired
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. of Lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. grated ginger

Method: Take two cups of slightly warm Barley water and add all of the above ingredients into it. Cover it and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. Filter the water into serving glasses and serve chilled with crushed ice.

barley water and 3 recipes

My favorite of all!

This Tangy Orange Barley drink is my kids’ favorite while me and my hubby go with the cumin flavors Barley drink.

Tangy Orange  Barley water


(serves 2)

  • 2 cups of Basic Barley water
  • Honey as desired
  • Juice of one large Orange
  • 1/4 tsp. of orange Zest

Method: Take two cups of Basic Barley water and add all of the above ingredients into it. Cover and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes. Filter the liquid and serve chilled with ice cubes.


  1. These Barley drinks are very easy to make and are refreshing with loads of nutrients in it. Can be stored in refrigerator for a day or two.
  2. Add or exclude any flavors as you develop the taste for these Barley drinks.
  3. Make it a day ahead and pack these healthy drinks to your office or for the kids snack time.
  4. Try to get Hulled Barley for making these drinks, for more of fiber and other nutrients.
  5. Add extra water if you don’t like the slight starchy taste of Barley.

Try all the flavors and let me know which one has become your favorite 🙂


You may like these healthy recipes on Lite Bite;

mint and orange lemonade

mint and orange lemonade recipe

Valentine dessert-Light vanilla cake and fruit custard

Valentine dessert-Light vanilla cake and fruit custard



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  • Ekta said:

    Barley dessert, drinks and the scones…all are wonderful..
    …the balancing glass click is eye-catching 😉

  • simply.food said:

    These drinks look very refreshing and perfect.I especially like the orange barley combination will give it a try.
    simply.food recently posted..Maharastrian aubergine and potato curryMy Profile

  • Priya said:

    Flavoured barley waters looks simply fabulous…especially that orange flavoured barley water tempts me a lot,will try soon..
    Priya recently posted..Whole Wheat Eggless Almond CookiesMy Profile

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    Love the recipes, I will definitely try these as I always have barley in my pantry.
    Maria @ Scandifoodie recently posted..Capsicum soup and Finnish sconesMy Profile

  • Hari Chandana said:

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…. Simply awesome !!!!!!

  • Radhika said:


    I love to drink barley water knowing how good it is for the bladder (esp to prevent UTIs). But owing to how bland and tasteless it can get, one needs more than motivation to have it frequently. Loved your flavor infusing ideas and can’t wait to use up my stash of barley now!

  • Speckle of Dirt said:

    The Barley Water sounds very interesting. I saw it in another recipe for something raw. I’m looking forward to trying this!
    Speckle of Dirt recently posted..Top 5 Reasons Preserving is Making a ComebackMy Profile

  • Nivedita said:

    Nivedita recently posted..Nankhatai with Choco Chips(Food Remake)My Profile

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

CommentLuv badge

© 2009-2017 Lite Bite