Introducing Barley to Baby

OnI introduced my daughter to her 48th ingredient; Barley. Although barley is not a commonly-consumed food these days, it is one of the most nutritious grains naturally available. Because the grains become bigger and chewy when cooked, I ground the barley into a grainy powder, so that it still had very small chewy, sago seed-like particles when boiled. I want Ahalya to experience different textures in food but you can also grind it into fine powder if you don’t want to do the same.
Then I cooked about 1/2 cup of the powder in about 4-5 cups of water as it absorbs a LOT of water while cooking and tends to get lumpy and stick to the bottom of the pan very fast – so remember to add the water in small quantities and constantly stir the barley porridge in order to keep it from sticking to the pan. It will also take between 20 minutes to half an hour to cook completely.
And the verdict is… she loved it and ate a very big bowlful!
Barley grains contain protein, amino acids, iron, copper, B vitamins, manganese and phosphorous. It is rich in dietary fiber that regulates free bowel movements and alleviates constipation. Barley porridge also strengthens your baby’s bones and fortifies his/her liver. And it is very effective against any fungal attacks on their growing bodies too.

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