Barley is a cereal grain derived from annual grass. Intake of barley helps to maintain overall health in the long term. All forms of barley are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals amino acids and fibre. It is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fibre. It is also rich in antioxidants, thus lessen the risk of contracting heart disease and cholestrol problems.
Squash drink (also commonly known as cordial in Australia) is a sweetened or unsweetened fruit-based concentrate which is mixed mostly with water before drinking.
Lemon-Barley Squash is one of the earliest recipes in my files passed on to me by a childhood friend (I have tweaked it with the cardamoms). I have been preparing this squash regularly over the years when lemons are relatively cheap. It is not only refreshing, but a healthy drink for kids and adults alike.
Do you prepare squash?
4tbs heaped pearl barley
6 cups of water
1/4 kg sugar
1/2tsp citric acid
- Soak pearl barley in hot water for an hour.
- Add water and pressure cook till soft.
- While the barley cooks, extract the juice from lemons. Peel and crush the cardamom seeds in a pestle.
- Once the barley is cooked drain the water and reserve.
- When the barley is cool, pulp it in a mixer.
- Add the reserve and mix well.
- Strain through a sieve.
- Add the lemon juice, sugar, citric acid and cardamom powder to the barley.
- Bring this mixture to a boil.
- Cool and store in a sterilized bottle.
- To serve add chilled water and dilute according to taste. No sugar is required to be added.