Talbina is a Prophetic breakfast made from ground barley and it has many healing properties. This is the flour I use when making Talbina. I also prefer it with Oat milk in this Barley Porridge, Talbina with grilled Honey Dates

A warming soothing bowl of Talbina is thought to help in the lessoning of sorrows as well as being a healing soup for those who are sick. Whilst barley as a whole grain is nutritious, it is better to have it as a flour in a broth for ease of digestion. 

Bowl with Talbina (white liquid) and grilled flat dates. Surrounded by dry pink rose petals and buds

By the way, if you leave it it becomes thicker as can be seen above. It then resembles baby food.

Often cited as healing for a sick or grieving person, Talbina is nutritious, filling and delicious too. I first came across it when reading about it in Ibn al-Qayyim’s book ‘The Prophetic Medicine’. In his book it was described as a thin soup that gives relaxation for the heart of the sick person. I was soon making it regularly to get me through periods of illness. Incidentally I have been sick for the past few days and am intending to have this for both Iftar and Sehri today. 

Hadith on Talbina

Aishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She (may Allaah be pleased with her) would order that a pot of talbina be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the talbina would be poured over it. Aisha (may Allaah be pleased with her) would say (to the women), “Eat of it, for I heard the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) saying, ‘The talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.’ ” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5058)].

The Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) also said:

  • “The talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5325)].
  • “It (talbina) soothes the grieving heart and cleanses the ailing heart just as one of you cleans dirt off his face with water.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3445)].
  • “You should eat the beneficial thing that is unpleasant to eat (Talbina), meaning broth. If any member of the Messenger of Allaah’s family was sick, the cooking pot would remain on the fire until one of two things happened, either the person recovered or died.” [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3446)].

Benefits of Barley 

  • Barley is rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial plant compounds.
  • Barley is a particularly rich source of fiber, molybdenum, manganese and selenium. It also contains good amounts of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium and niacin.
  • Additionally, barley has antioxidant properties.
  • Is very filling and can contribute to weight loss.
  • Barley can boost your intestinal health.
  • Barley may also lower your cholesterol levels.
  • The beta-glucans found in barley have been shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol by binding to bile acids.
  • Barley is cheap and incredibly easy to add to your diet. More recipes coming soon!
  • May Prevent Gallstones and Reduce Your Risk of Gallbladder Surgery
  • May help to reduce blood pressure and prevent Diabetes.

How to Make Talbina with Grilled Honey Dates

Talbina is made by adding a couple of tablespoons of barley flour to 350 ml water or milk. It is then simmered slowly on a low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. For the dates, I grill them and then drizzle them with honey. I also sometimes add a dot of ghee to the top before grilling and then add a pinch of salt and pepper at the end. (Trust me, so delicious!).

This broth can be used as a stock for soups or stews or as a thickener.

I also make talbina and add a variety of toppings some days because once in a while, that is what my body is asking for and I love it!

Bowl with Talbina, peanut butter, blueberries, red grape and berry liquid, granola and dates. Surrounded by dry pink rose petals and buds

Please let me know if you try this recipe. It really is one of my fave Prophetic meals. 

Barley Porridge, Talbina with grilled Honey Dates

Talbina is a Prophetic breakfast made from ground barley and it has many healing properties. This is the flour I use. A warming soothing bowl of Talbina is thought to help in the lessoning of sorrows too. Whilst barley as a whole grain is nutritious, it is better to have it as a flour in a broth for ease of digestion. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Muslim
Keyword Grieving, Healing, Prophetic Medicine, Talbina
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 415 kcal
Author Safira

Ingredients

Talbina

  • 2 tbsp Barley Flour
  • 350 - 400 ml Milk of choice or Water I use Oat Milk
  • 1 tbsp Honey or other Liquid Sweetener

Grilled Honey Dates - Optional

  • 2 Dates Pitted
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Pinch Salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour with the milk in a small pot over medium, high heat. Once the milk come to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for around 10 minutes.  

  2. Remove from heat and sweeten with honey. 

Grilled Honey Dates

  1. Add the dates to a oven tray and brown for a minute on each side. 

  2. Drizzle with honey and add the salt. Add to the Talbina.

Recipe Notes

You can add other toppings of your choice such as Nut Butters or Tahini, Date Syrup, Mixed toasted seeds, Organic Granola. 

To reduce the calorie count, remove the dates and the recipe is 347 calories. Without the milk and dates it is 128 calories. 

 
 

 

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