Talbina is a traditional dish that is prepared by slow cooking barley flour and milk until it achieves a porridge-like consistency. The result is a nutritious and soothing drink that is consumed throughout the year in many countries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Its mild flavours and creamy texture make it a delicious alternative to the Indian classic sweet dish, kheer. It has a number of health benefits, including promoting satiety and aiding weight loss, maintaining heart health, treating depression and stress relief.
Research has shown that consuming Talbina can help alleviate symptoms of depression. This is due to its ability to balance the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, which are responsible for regulating mood and sleep cycles. It has also been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety by stabilising blood sugar levels and reducing the symptoms associated with high blood pressure.
Despite its health-boosting properties, it is important to be aware that Talbina can contain significant amounts of calories, particularly if it is made with whole milk and/or added sugar. It is therefore important to monitor calorie intake, particularly for individuals with specific dietary sensitivities or allergies.
Add 2-3 spoons of Talbina in a cup of water or milk and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until it gets a porridge-like consistency. Serve with some natural honey for sweetness and enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast.