Pumpkin barley drink is a delicious and nutritious beverage that celebrates the flavors of fall. With its creamy texture, warm spices, and comforting pumpkin flavor, it’s sure to become a favorite drink for cozying up with during the autumn season. Whether enjoyed warm or chilled, pumpkin barley drink is a satisfying and wholesome option for any occasion.

WHAT BARLEY TO USED FOR THIS DRINK?

For pumpkin barley drink, you can use pearl barley or hulled barley, depending on your preference and availability. Here’s a brief overview of each type:

  1. Pearl Barley: Pearl barley is the most commonly used type of barley for cooking and beverages. It has been polished to remove the outer husk and some or all of the bran layer, resulting in a smooth and shiny appearance. Pearl barley cooks faster than hulled barley and has a softer texture when cooked, making it ideal for blending into drinks like pumpkin barley drink.
  2. Hulled Barley: Hulled barley, also known as barley groats, is a whole grain barley that has had only the outer husk removed, leaving the bran layer intact. It is less processed than pearl barley and retains more of its nutrients and fiber. Hulled barley has a chewier texture and nuttier flavor compared to pearl barley, which some people prefer in beverages for added texture and nutritional benefits.

Both pearl barley and hulled barley can be used interchangeably in pumpkin barley drink, but keep in mind that hulled barley will require a longer cooking time and may result in a slightly different texture compared to pearl barley. Choose the type of barley based on your personal preference and desired outcome for the drink.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

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  • Pumpkin – Pumpkin serves as the main ingredient in the drink, imparting its sweet and earthy flavor, as well as its vibrant orange color. It adds depth and richness to the beverage while providing essential nutrients like vitamins A and C. If pumpkin is not available, you can substitute with butternut squash, acorn squash, or sweet potatoes for a similar flavor and texture.
  • Water – Water is the primary liquid used to cook the barley and pumpkin. It serves as the base of the drink, helping to extract flavors from the ingredients and achieve the desired consistency.
  • Barley Barley is a nutritious whole grain that adds texture and heartiness to the drink. It has a nutty flavor and chewy texture when cooked, making it a satisfying addition to the beverage.
  • Rock Sugar – Rock sugar is used to sweeten the drink, balancing the natural sweetness of the pumpkin and adding a touch of sweetness to the beverage. It dissolves easily in the liquid, imparting a subtle sweetness without overpowering the other flavors. You can substitute rock sugar with granulated sugar, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup for sweetness. Adjust the amount of sweetener to taste based on personal preference.
  • Pandan Leaves – Pandan leaves are aromatic leaves commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking to impart a unique fragrance and flavor. They add a subtle floral and vanilla-like aroma to the drink, enhancing its overall taste. If pandan leaves are not available, you can omit them or substitute with a small amount of vanilla extract or a cinnamon stick for added flavor. Alternatively, you can use other aromatic herbs like lemongrass or ginger for a different flavor profile.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Choose Fresh Ingredients: Select ripe and fresh pumpkins for the best flavor. Look for pumpkins that are firm, heavy for their size, and free from bruises or blemishes. Fresh pandan leaves will also impart a stronger aroma to the drink.
  • Preparation Tips: Peel and cube the pumpkin before adding it to the drink. Rinse the barley thoroughly under cold water to remove any dust or debris. Tie the pandan leaves into a knot to release their flavor more effectively.
  • Cooking Method: Start by boiling the water in a large pot before adding the barley and pumpkin cubes. This ensures even cooking and helps to extract flavors from the ingredients. Simmer the mixture gently over low to medium heat until the barley is tender and the pumpkin is soft and cooked through.
  • Sweetening: Adjust the amount of rock sugar or sweetener according to your taste preferences. Start with a smaller amount and add more if needed after tasting the drink. Remember that the sweetness of the pumpkin will also contribute to the overall sweetness of the drink.
  • Flavor Enhancement: For a richer flavor, you can add additional ingredients such as a cinnamon stick, star anise, or ginger slices to the pot while simmering. These spices will infuse the drink with warm and aromatic flavors that complement the sweetness of the pumpkin.
  • Texture Adjustment: If you prefer a smoother consistency, you can blend the cooked pumpkin and barley mixture until smooth using a blender or immersion blender. For a chunkier texture, simply mash the pumpkin cubes lightly with a fork.
  • Chilling Option: Allow the drink to cool to room temperature before refrigerating if you prefer to serve it chilled. Chilling the drink will also allow the flavors to develop further. Serve the chilled drink over ice cubes for a refreshing treat.
  • Garnish Creatively: Garnish each serving with a pandan leaf knot for an attractive presentation and an extra hint of aroma. You can also sprinkle some toasted pumpkin seeds or a dash of ground cinnamon on top for added texture and flavor.
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Prepare Ingredients: Peel and cube the pumpkin, rinse the barley under cold water, and tie the pandan leaves into knots.
  2. Boil Water: In a large pot, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add Barley: Once the water is boiling, add the rinsed barley to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the barley simmer for about 20 minutes, partially covered, until it starts to soften.
  4. Add Pumpkin: Add the cubed pumpkin and tied pandan leaves to the pot with the barley. Continue to simmer the mixture for another 15-20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender and the barley is fully cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  5. Sweeten: Once the pumpkin and barley are cooked, add the rock sugar to the pot and stir until it dissolves completely. Taste the drink and adjust the sweetness if necessary by adding more sugar to your liking.
  6. Remove Pandan Leaves: Remove the pandan leaves from the pot and discard them.
  7. Blend (Optional): If desired, use an immersion blender or transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth for a creamier consistency.
  8. Serve: Ladle the pumpkin barley drink into serving cups or glasses. Garnish with a pandan leaf knot for presentation, if desired.
  9. Enjoy: Serve the pumpkin barley drink hot, warm, or chilled, depending on your preference. Sip and enjoy the comforting flavors of this wholesome beverage!

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

Alongside pumpkin barley drink, you can serve a variety of complementary dishes to create a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Here are some ideas:

  • Savory Snacks: Serve savory snacks such as roasted nuts, spiced popcorn, or crispy vegetable chips for a crunchy contrast to the creamy drink.
  • Cheese Platter: Create a cheese platter with a selection of cheeses, crackers, and fruits like grapes or apple slices. The savory and tangy flavors of the cheese will complement the sweetness of the drink.
  • Savory Breads: Offer a variety of savory bread options such as garlic bread, cheese breadsticks, or herbed focaccia to enjoy alongside the drink.
  • Soup or Salad: Pair the pumpkin barley drink with a light soup or salad for a balanced meal. A simple green salad with vinaigrette or a creamy vegetable soup would be excellent choices.
  • Savory Pastries: Serve savory pastries such as mini quiches, empanadas, or stuffed puff pastry bites for a satisfying and flavorful accompaniment.
  • Savory Pancakes or Waffles: Prepare savory pancakes or waffles topped with ingredients like cheese, bacon, or herbs for a hearty and delicious option to enjoy alongside the drink.
  • Dips and Crudites: Offer a selection of dips such as hummus, tzatziki, or spinach artichoke dip with a variety of fresh vegetables and breadsticks for dipping.
  • Savory Tartlets: Bake savory tartlets filled with ingredients like caramelized onions, mushrooms, or goat cheese for an elegant and flavorful addition to the meal.
  • Meat or Seafood: Serve cooked meats or seafood such as grilled chicken skewers, shrimp cocktail, or smoked salmon for a protein-rich option to accompany the drink.
  • Finger Foods: Prepare an assortment of finger foods such as stuffed mushrooms, mini meatballs, or vegetable spring rolls for guests to enjoy with the drink.

These complementary dishes will enhance the overall dining experience and provide a variety of flavors and textures to enjoy alongside the pumpkin barley drink. Choose a few options based on your preferences and create a delicious and satisfying spread for any occasion!

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare the pumpkin barley drink ahead of time, follow these steps:

  • Cook the Barley and Pumpkin: Start by cooking the barley and pumpkin according to the recipe instructions. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before proceeding to the next step.
  • Blend (Optional): If you prefer a smoother consistency, you can blend the cooked barley and pumpkin mixture until smooth using a blender or immersion blender. Alternatively, you can leave the mixture chunky for a textured drink.
  • Sweeten: Add the rock sugar or sweetener of your choice to the blended mixture and stir until it is fully dissolved. Taste the drink and adjust the sweetness if necessary.
  • Transfer to Containers: Once the pumpkin barley drink is prepared and sweetened to your liking, transfer it to airtight containers or jars with lids.
  • Refrigerate: Place the containers of pumpkin barley drink in the refrigerator and store them for up to 2-3 days. Make sure the containers are tightly sealed to prevent any leaks or spills.
  • Serve: When ready to serve, remove the pumpkin barley drink from the refrigerator and give it a good stir. You can serve it chilled, or if you prefer it warm, gently reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave until heated through.
  • Garnish (Optional): Garnish each serving with a pandan leaf knot for presentation, if desired, before serving.

By following these made-ahead instructions, you can easily prepare the pumpkin barley drink in advance and enjoy it whenever you desire. Just remember to store it properly in the refrigerator and give it a quick stir before serving.

STORAGE & REHEATING

Here are some tips for storing and reheating pumpkin barley drink:

Storage:

  • Refrigeration: Transfer any leftover pumpkin barley drink to an airtight container or jar with a lid. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  • Labeling: Consider labeling the container with the date of preparation to help you keep track of its freshness.
  • Cooling: Allow the pumpkin barley drink to cool to room temperature before refrigerating it to avoid condensation and moisture buildup.
  • Avoid Freezing: While pumpkin barley drink can technically be frozen, the texture may change upon thawing, and the flavors may become muted. It’s best to consume it within a few days of preparation for the best taste and texture.

Reheating:

  • Stovetop: To reheat the pumpkin barley drink, gently warm it over low to medium heat on the stovetop. Stir frequently to prevent sticking and ensure even heating.
  • Microwave: Alternatively, you can reheat individual servings of the pumpkin barley drink in the microwave. Heat it in short intervals, stirring between each interval, until it reaches your desired temperature.
  • Adjust Consistency: If the drink thickens upon refrigeration, you can adjust the consistency by adding a splash of water or milk and stirring until well combined.
  • Taste and Adjust: Taste the reheated drink and adjust the sweetness or seasoning if necessary. You may need to add a little more sweetener or spice to refresh the flavors.
  • Serve: Once reheated to your liking, serve the pumpkin barley drink hot or warm, garnished with a pandan leaf knot if desired.

By following these storage and reheating tips, you can ensure that your pumpkin barley drink stays fresh and delicious for longer, allowing you to enjoy it as a comforting beverage whenever you crave its warm and cozy flavors.

RECIPES FAQS

Can I use canned pumpkin instead of fresh pumpkin?

Yes, you can substitute canned pumpkin puree for fresh pumpkin in this recipe. Use the same amount of canned pumpkin as you would fresh pumpkin cubes.

Can I make this drink without pandan leaves?

Yes, you can omit pandan leaves if you don’t have them. The drink will still be delicious, but you’ll miss out on the subtle aroma that pandan leaves impart.

Can I make this drink ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the pumpkin barley drink ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the drink?

Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of rock sugar or sweetener according to your taste preferences. Add more or less sweetener as desired.

Can I serve this drink cold?

Yes, you can serve the pumpkin barley drink chilled over ice for a refreshing treat, especially on hot days.

Can I add spices to the drink?

Absolutely! You can add warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to enhance the flavor of the drink. Adjust the amount according to your preference.

Can I freeze leftover pumpkin barley drink?

While you can technically freeze the drink, the texture may change upon thawing. It’s best to consume it fresh or store it in the refrigerator for short-term storage.

Can I use other types of sweeteners?

Yes, you can substitute rock sugar with other sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, or stevia. Adjust the amount according to your taste preference.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

You can adjust this recipe to double portion. By clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Please do not pass the max line indicated inside of the mixing bowl. The capacity of the mixing bowl is 2.2 liters.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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RECIPES CARD

Pumpkin Barley

Pumpkin Barley is a wholesome dish that's perfect for chilly days or as a side dish to complement your favorite main courses. It's packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a healthy and satisfying addition to your meal rotation.

Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hr 5 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 mins

Yields4 Servings

 300 g pumpkin, cubes
 900 g water
 80 g barley
 30 g rock sugar
 3 pandan leaves

1

Place the pumpkin and 500g of water into the mixing bowl. Cook for 18 min | 100°C | Speed 1.

2

Without opening the lid, blend the cooked pumpkin mixture for 1 min | Speed 6.

3

Add 400g of water, barley, rock sugar, and pandan leaves to the blended pumpkin. Cook for 45 min | 100°C | Speed 1.

4

Once cooked, discard the pandan leaves. Serve the pumpkin barley soup hot or chilled.

Ingredients

 300 g pumpkin, cubes
 900 g water
 80 g barley
 30 g rock sugar
 3 pandan leaves

Directions

1

Place the pumpkin and 500g of water into the mixing bowl. Cook for 18 min | 100°C | Speed 1.

2

Without opening the lid, blend the cooked pumpkin mixture for 1 min | Speed 6.

3

Add 400g of water, barley, rock sugar, and pandan leaves to the blended pumpkin. Cook for 45 min | 100°C | Speed 1.

4

Once cooked, discard the pandan leaves. Serve the pumpkin barley soup hot or chilled.

Pumpkin Barley

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