In this episode of Meals from the Sunnah, we learn how to make التلبينة (Al Talbina), or Barley Porridge, with some delicious toppings.
‘A’isha the wife of Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said:
Eat it, for I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Talbina gives comfort to the aggrieved heart and it lessens grief.(Sahih Muslim)
- 2 tablespoons barley flour (or normal barley into processor)
- 1 cup milk
- Combine on a stove and mix till boiled for about 3-4 minutes
- Add topping like honey, dates, walnuts, pistachios etc.
- Different variations can also be made. Add some chopped almonds, walnuts, berries, apricots, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds etc and eat it as a cereal. Or you could either add some kewra or rose essence or orange blossom water for fragrance, garnish with some sliced or chopped almonds on top and enjoy it as a drink or kheer (pudding).