Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pineapple-Barley Squash

Here's one way to keep cool and beat the heat. An adaptation of my Lemon-Barley Squash. My little girl is very fond of fruit juices and drinks, so I prepared this variation to keep her from boredom. Check out Mary Moh's post on How to Cut a Pineapple which will come handy when you have a fresh pineapple waiting to be cut.


4tbs heaped pearl barley
6 cups of water
1cup pineapple pulp/juice
2tbs ginger juice
1/4 kg sugar
1/2tsp citric acid
2 cardamoms

  • Soak pearl barley in hot water for an hour.
  • Add water and pressure cook till soft.
  • While the barley cooks, extract the juice from pineapple. Peel and crush the cardamom seeds in a pestle.
  • Peel and wash the ginger, crush in mortar and sqeeze out the juice.
  • Once the barley is cooked drain the water and reserve.
  • When the barley is cool, pulp it in a blender.
  • Add the reserve and mix well.
  • Strain through a sieve.
  • Add the pineapple pulp/juice, ginger juice, sugar, citric acid and cardamom powder to the barley.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil. You will know its done when a residue begins to form on the sides. The mixture will have a syrup consistency.
  • Cool and store in a sterilized bottle.
  • To serve add chilled water and dilute according to taste. No sugar is required to be added.

 Enjoy and keep cool!
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  1. Hi Shirley, This is so good especially for hot weather like Singapore. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Perfect timing for a hot weather like today. And it's going to get hotter and hotter next month. Thanks for the refreshing drink.

  3. Shirley, thanks very much for the mention. I love pineapples. Have been eating it very often. Love your drink. Looks very refreshing, healthy and delicious....mmmm. In this cold weather, I'll drink it hot :D

  4. Shirley, this is just the drink I want right now..... it's super hot even though it's raining outside.

  5. Shirley, this drink is perfect for the hot weather. Can't even stay below the sun for one minute these few days! Soo very hot over here right now. I need this drink terribly!
    p/s I think I need to go naked! haha...

  6. Shirley, this drink sounds delicious, I love barley drinks and noticed that you have ginger in it...yummie, must taste great!

  7. Sounds like a lovely refreshing drink!

  8. Well on my side of the world it is not a hot day... rather it is cold and snow on the ground! Brrrr.... so I'm in agreement with Mary Moh.... I think I will warm this delicious drink up to warm my bones!

  9. I can't wait for summer to make this so I am gonna make this now and have this in this freezing winter. Such a refreshing drink.

  10. Hi Sherley,Came here thro Kelly's blog.
    Nice space u ave here and this drink definately sounds delicious!!



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