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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Barley Dessert

I love referring to The Soup Queen for dessert or soup recipes and the health tips and information on the ingredients. I have tried a few and do not mind preparing them again especially the simple ones such as this recipe. Thanks to Soup Queen.
Before I go one to share the recipe, below is an excerpt from Soup Queen which I would like to share.
Notes shared by Soup Queen [here] about Pumpkin
You can refrigerate the leftover but do not freeze. Just warm it up lightly on your stove but not bring to a boil.

  • Pumpkin is good for your eyes as it is loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes. 
  • Containes vitamins C, K and E and lots of minerals including magnesium, potassium and iron. 
  • According to Chinese medicine, pumpkin seeds [dried and ground up] are good for expelling worms from your intestines. 
  • On the western front, pumpkin seeds are famous for helping with prostate health.
  • According to TCM sites, pumpkin has a cooling nature and helps to resolve dampness, stabilizes a hyperactive foetus, kill worms, reduces fever and diabetes. It is also [surprise] an antidote for opium addiction. 
  • What's most interesting is that pumpkin seeds help to build Kidney Yin which is essential for reproduction and fertility. 
Verdict - refreshing and healthy dessert.
[serves 4-5]
1/4 pumpkin - remove skin and seeds - cut cubes or wedges
50 gm barley - rinsed and soaked for 15 minutes
70 gm rock sugar or more to taste
some pandan leaves - cut into pieces
1500 ml water
  1. Bring water to boil with barley.  Once boiling, lower heat, cover to simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Add in pumpkin and pandan leaves.  Bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pumpkin is soft.
  3. Add in rock sugar to taste.
  4. Serve warm as a dessert.
     This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (Oct 2014 Event: PUMPKIN) organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Eileen (Eileen's Diary).


Eileen Lee said...

Hi Kimmy, thanks for sharing some helpful info on pumpkin, seems like I choose the correct theme for LTU, hahaha

Kimmy said...

Hi Eileen, you have chosen a correct theme at the right time. Pumpkin is cheap now. There are already hundreds of recipes using pumpkin shared in this month's LTU. I will definitely look them up and try as many as possible. Thanks for hosting this event.

Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I have stopped buying pumpkins but this is only temporary hah..hah... I don't mind having pumpkins everyday and I must try this pumpkin barley dessert. It is so refreshing!

Luv Sweet and Savory said...

Hi Kimmy, this is my kind of dessert too ... thanks for sharing !

Ann Low said...

Hi Kimmy, I like this simple and healthy pumpkin dessert. Definitely want to make this for my family, especially in this hot weather.

Fion@轩宏妈 said...

this really a nourishing dessert,Like!

Cheryl - Bakingtaitai said...

This refreshing and cooling pumpkin barley soup is definitely the right dessert to reduce the heatiness in my body now. One bowl please!

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, for this season, I bought 2 pumpkins in total. Already finished them off and clearing my fridge before I go on holiday.

Kimmy said...

Hi Karen, you are welcome. Both pumpkin and barley are good for our body system. Once a while eating barley is good to prevent urinary tract infection.

Kimmy said...

Hi Ann, serve this warm or chilled are equally good. I had this both ways.

Kimmy said...

Hi Fion, simple ingredients but result is encouraging. Refreshing and light.

Kimmy said...

Hi Cheryl, do help yourself to some by cooking it yourself, hehehe!. I can spare any cos' my kitchen is temporariy closed when I begin my vocation this Sunday.

mui mui said...

Hi Kimmy,
I would happily have of 2 bowls of such nourishing soup.
Thanks for sharing the great info about pumpkin.

Kimmy said...

Hi Mui Mui, I don't having more than a bowl too. The soft barley and sweet pumpkin is good combination and easy to cook.

Miss B @ Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

Oh, are we not supposed to freeze pumpkin, why? I always freeze the leftovers, but I don't thaw them, I straight away dump them in steamer for steaming. I realise if you first thaw and later steam them, it will be a disaster, too soft and watery.

Kimmy said...

Hi Miss B, to prevent watery pumpkin paste, the best is to steam the pumpkin with the skin on, then scrap the flesh off after steaming.

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