Upma To Pancake: 5 Barley Recipes To Include In Your Breakfast
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Breakfast has a huge impact on our health, it not gives energy to start our day but also takes care of the overall health. However, just one cup of coffee or a little snack in the morning is not enough. A complete breakfast is a combination of protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates that can keep you satiated and energized for the rest of the day. From dhokla to poha, there are many wholesome breakfast dishes that are healthy as well as easy to make. 

Grains like buckwheat, oats, quinoa and millet are also a healthy option for breakfast. They can be used to make a variety of dishes from porridge to paratha. Barley, also as jau is another such grain that can be used for preparing a nutritious breakfast. This cereal grain is rich in potassium, folate, iron, vitamins and fibre. Barley roti is the most popular dish prepared with this grain. It is also good for diabetics and can be served with curd or any other side dish. 

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But not only this, there are many other ways to include barley in your morning meal. From upma to pancake, here are five delicious ways to include barley in your breakfast menu: 

Barley Upma 

This flavourful dish is made from barley grains, vegetables, and a few spices. It is a healthier alternative to the traditional suji upma and is very easy to prepare. To make barley upma, roast the grains and then cook it with a mixture of sautéed vegetables like onions, carrots, and peas. Season with spices like cumin, mustard seeds, and curry leaves and serve hot. 

Barley Khichdi 

Barley khichdi has been a staple in Indian cuisine for centuries. Made from a combination of barley, lentils, and vegetables, it is a wholesome meal that is both filling and satisfying. It barely takes half an hour to cook, making it suitable for busy mornings. This dish can also be enjoyed as lunch or dinner. It is low in calories that can help you in weight-loss as well. 

Barley Smoothie

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If you don’t want to have anything solid in your breakfast, this smoothie is perfect for you. You can combine it with your favourite fruits and nuts. Just blend milk, barley flour and other ingredients together until smooth and pour it a glass and top with some flax seeds and chopped fruits. You can also use almond milk instead of the regular one, if you are following a vegan diet. 

Barley Idli 

Idli is the most popular South Indian breakfast that is popular all across the country. Barley idli is a healthier version of this dish that uses barley flour instead of rice flour. To prepare this idli, blend the soaked barley flour and urad dal into a smooth paste and ferment overnight. Next morning add salt and steam like your regular idli. Serve hot with sambar and coconut chutney. 

Barley Pancake 

Barley pancakes are a nutritious alternative to traditional wheat-based pancakes. Made from barley flour, these pancakes are also lower in gluten, making them a great option for people with gluten sensitivity. To prepare this pancake, simply substitute your wheat flour with barley flour in your favourite recipe. You can also make it more delicious by adding fresh fruit, nuts, or spices. Top with maple syrup or honey and serve hot.