Talbina is a simple and nutritious porridge made from roasted Barley, Milk and Honey. It is believed to have a healing effect on people suffering from depression, as it contains a rich nutritional profile that supports the body’s mental health by regulating neurotransmitters and helping with blood sugar levels and gut health. This dietary staple is also a good energy source and can help to balance hormones and reduce cravings for unhealthy snacks and sweets.
The Prophet (PBUH) recommended this drink and it is found in many Islamic texts, such as the Hadith. It has been described as a sunnah and a prophetic food and is considered to be extremely beneficial for the body and mind, especially during grief and illness. Aisha RA, wife of the Prophet (PBUH) said that whenever one of her relatives passed away she would order that a pot of Talbina be cooked and distributed to the mourners as it helps to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and sorrow of the heart.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour to a cup and half of milk or water (I like doing a combination of both). Slow cook over low heat until thick, stirring regularly. Sweeten with a little honey. You can also add spices and / or dry fruits to enhance the flavour if desired.
Barley has a high level of magnesium, zinc and amino acids which are essential for healthy brain function and may help to reduce symptoms of depression. It is also a great source of soluble fibre, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Talbina