The name could be a surprising one. Yes, this is what we call something that you may know as "Barley Raita". The process is also very different from what you may have known or eaten from.
This is a very authentic Rajasthani preparation which I obviously learnt from my SIL, Manju didi. It is such a wonderful and great thing for this summer season as it cools you down. You also may notice that I am calling it as a drink and that is because it is actually drunk just like that in villages to cope up with all the heat from deserts of Rajasthan.
The preparation is actually very simple, but it is not done in few minutes. I mean the whole cooking time is just few minutes, but it is done over a period of time, actually overnight, so to speak. So, without further delay, here is the recipe.
Jau Ki Ghaat - जौ की घाट (Barley and Yogurt Raita / Drink)
Jau (Pearl Barley) - 3 tbsp
Onion - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Chaas (Buttermilk) - 1 cup
Dahi (Yogurt) - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Bhuna Jeera (Roasted Cumin Powder) - a pinch per serving
Lal Mirch (Red Chili) Powder - a pinch per serving, optional, only if you like
Salt - as per taste
- Take barley in a blender and blend it to a coarse powder.
- Take one cup water, add chopped sliced onion and salt and let the water come to boil.
- Add one cup buttermilk to coarse barley powder made in first step.
- Add this buttermilk / barley mix to the above boiling water and mix well.
- Keep stirring till it starts boiling (about 4-5 min.) or else the mix will start to curdle.
- Boil for another 5-6 min. The mixture will become slightly thicker.
- Turn off the heat and let it sit overnight (no need to put it in fridge). Just let it be there on the counter. It will become even thicker kind of like thick rice pudding.
- Add yogurt to this ghat in the morning and mix well.
- Sprinkle roasted cumin powder and red chili powder in individual serving cups or glasses.
- If you want to drink it (it will be chunky, but I like chunky drinks), you may want to make it little thinner than if you are eating it in a cup.
Serve it as a side dish with roti or rice. It can be simply eaten in a bowl separately in the morning in place of breakfast as guess what it has whole food, veggie and dairy all that we usually eat for breakfast. Or, as I mentioned above, just fill your glass with it and just drink it up like a savory yogurt drink :)
Did you notice something else as well, this dish doesn't have any fat in it, I mean nothing obvious like oil or butter :)
I am sending this to CWF : Barley event started and hosted by Kiran, Side Dish Showdown: Anything Goes of Cinnamon Girl
That's all for now. Take care till next post.