Barley vs Wheat for Weight Loss
Barley (Hordeum vulgare L), (Yava Sanskrit)
Barley and wheat have different properties and actions, up to the opposite. For example, with obesity, wheat is prohibited, but barley is indicated.
The Siddhamantra (a text that is a verified list of substances (dravyas) classified by their effect on doshas) lists barley (yava) as one “ that reduces Pitta and Kapha and increases Vata”.
Barley is astringent, sweet, cold, heavy, emollient, and promotes weight loss. Like sesame, it is used to heal wounds and ulcers. It is dry, strengthens the mind and digestive fire, and has a pungent vipaka (post digestive effet).
Unlike wheat, barley does not cause obstruction of the bodily channels. This grain is good for the voice. Barley causes gas and increases the volume of feces. This grain is viscous and improves skin color, gives stability and endurance.
Barley treats diseases of the throat and skin, and reduces adipose tissue. It helps with sinusitis and runny nose, asthma, cough, stiff hips, blood diseases and pathological thirst.
Along with buckwheat barley is the best diet for diabetic patients.
Yava was extensively used in religious ceremonies and rituals as well as in medicinal preparations.
Due to its properties, barley can be used instead of wheat to promote weight loss and avoid obstruction of the bodily channels.
Here are some non-wheat recipes to reduce Kapha and aid in weight loss:
BARLEY CHAPATI (yavarōṭikā)
For 10 cakes you will need:
2 cups (≈260 g) barley flour
1/2 cup (≈100 ml) hot water
2/3 tsp salt
mustard or sesame oil
In a bowl, mix flour with salt
Gradually add water and mix well
Knead the dough, if necessary, add more flour or water to achieve the desired consistency
Wrap the dough in cling film and leave for a couple of hours (you can put it in the refrigerator
Take out the dough and form small balls out of it (see photo)
Put a pan (without oil) on medium heat, and roll a thin cake from the ball
Gently transfer the chapati to the pan and fry until the cake dries around the edges, then turn over
When the chapati begins to puff up, use tongs to transfer it to an open fire and quickly turn it over so that the cake does not burn
Grease the cake with oil and cover to keep warm
Repeat steps 6-9 for the remaining dough
Organic barley-½ cup
Chopped vegetables (carrots, beans, cauliflower)- ½ cup
Chopped tomatoes- 1 small sized
Oil- 2 tsp
Cumin seed- 1 tsp
Chopped ginger- 1 small piece
Salt- to taste
Pressure cook Organic Barley along with 2 cups of water for 2 whistles
Heat the oil and add cumin seeds
Once the cumin crackles, add ginger
Add the tomatoes and fry until it starts releasing oil
Add in the chopped vegetables, salt and mix for 2-3 minutes
Mix in the cooked barley, and let the mixture boil for 5-10 minute
Top it with a spoon of ghee, garnish with some fresh coriander leaves and serve
Although barley is the opposite of wheat in quality, it as well as wheat contains gluten. There are only three grains that have gluten in them: wheat, rye and barley.
Grains, starches or flours that can be part of a gluten-free diet include:
Corn — cornmeal, grits and polenta labeled gluten-free
TODAY’S TIP: Mustard (as well as sesame) oil also helps to reduce the volume of adipose tissue and fat deposits in the bodily channels.