Talbina is a traditional Arab dish made of roasted barley flour simmered in water until it achieves a porridge-like consistency. It contains a variety of beneficial nutrients, including complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre, and protein. It is also a good source of soluble fibre, which may help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Additionally, it contains promising nutritious sources of vitamin B, zinc, magnesium, and copper, as well as antioxidants.
According to several Hadith, the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) often recommended this simple and delicious meal for those who were sick or grieving. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) also mentioned that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Talbina soothes the heart of a patient, giving him relief in some of his distress and cleanses it just as one cleans the dirt off his face”.
This recipe is very easy to make at home with only a few ingredients. It uses milk and honey or dates for sweetness, which gives it mild flavours and a creamy texture. It is very common amongst Arabs and can be enjoyed as a healthy breakfast or a comforting snack.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (100% wholegrain) to a cup and a half of milk. Let it soak for 4-5 hours. Once done, boil it on a low heat until mushy and then add chopped dates or honey for sweetness. This talbina can be consumed warm or cold, and it is also great for thickening sauces, soups, etc.