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Al Talbina, a therapeutic food for reviving the sunnah.

Al talbina a therapeutic food recommended by Prophet (pbuh). It can provide comfort and relief to those who are unwell or experiencing emotional distress.

What is talbina made of?

Talbina is a simple dish made from barley flour, water, and milk, and has been consumed by Muslims for centuries.t is believed to have healing properties and is often recommended as a remedy for various ailments. It is easy to prepare and can be eaten at any time of the day.

Talbina benefits:

In addition to being delicious,it is also very nutritious. It is rich in fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.

One of the main benefits of eating it is that it is a great source of nutrition. Barley is rich in fiber, protein, and essential nutrients like vitamin B and iron. The milk used in making talbina adds calcium, vitamin D, and additional protein to the dish. Together, these nutrients make talbina a wholesome and nourishing food.

In addition to its nutritional value, it is also known for its medicinal properties. It is believed to have a soothing effect on the digestive system and is often recommended to people with stomach problems. Some studies have also shown that consuming barley-based foods like talbina can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve insulin sensitivity. Talbina makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking to boost their energy levels, or support their immune system.

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Hadith on Al Talbina

 إِنَّ التَّلْبِينَةَ تُجِمُّ فُؤَادَ الْمَرِيضِ، وَتَذْهَبُ بِبَعْضِ الْحُزْنِ ‏”‏‏.‏

 ‘at-Talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.'”

(a) It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah, the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), that if a member of her family died, the women would gather together, then they would depart, except her own relatives and close friends. She would order that a pot of talbeenah be cooked, then some thareed would be made and the talbeenah would be poured over it. Then she would say: Eat some of it, for I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Talbeenah soothes the heart of the sick person, and it takes away some of the grief.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5101; Muslim, 2216. 

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(b) It was narrated from her (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she would order that talbeenah be made for the sick and the one who was mourning a death, and she used to say: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Talbeenah soothes the heart of the sick and takes away some of the grief.”Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5365; Muslim, 2216 

How do you make Talbina with barley?

Talbina recipe

The recipe is quite easy to follow, and the ingredients are readily available in most grocery stores. To make it, you will need barley flour, water, and honey.

To prepare Talbina, start by mixing the barley flour with water in a pot. Stir the mixture continuously until it becomes thick and creamy. Once the mixture has thickened, add honey to taste. Continue stirring until the honey has dissolved completely.

It is important to note that the consistency of Talbina can vary depending on personal preference. Some people prefer a thicker consistency, while others prefer a thinner consistency. If you prefer a thinner consistency, simply add more water to the mixture.

Once the it is ready, it can be served warm or cold.

Additional topping you can do on Talbina

One of the best things about Talbina is its versatility. You can add different ingredients to it to create a variety of flavors and textures. For example, you can add honey, nuts, or fruits to make it sweeter, or you can add spices like cinnamon or cardamom to give it a more savory taste.

How do you eat Talbina?

Many people enjoy adding additional toppings such as nuts, fruits, or spices to enhance the flavor. These are some variations you can do:

  1. Add Honey or dates
  2. Top with sliced almonds or other nuts for added crunch.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon or cardamom for a warm, spicy flavor.
  4. Mix in mashed bananas or other fruit for a fruity twist.
  5. Serve chilled with fresh fruit or a dollop of yogurt for a refreshing summer treat.

Readymade Talbina in market

I managed to get a packet of Talbina. You can also try the market preparation. The powder I purchased had powdered barley and I personally think that you get barley cheaper if there are shops near you which sells loose grains.

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References:

  1. Alu’datt, M. H., Rababah, T., Alhamad, M. N., & Ereifej, K. (2019). Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and its health benefits. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 99(3), 1011-1022.
  2. Islam, M. A., Ahmed, M. K., Al-Mamun, M. H., & Islam, M. K. (2016). Beneficial effects of barley components on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Diabetes Research, 2016, 5969653.
  3. Hadith resources-sunnah.com