Talbina is an ancient Islamic cure-all recipe that dates back to the very beginnings of the religion in the 6th century! Talbina is a simple dish that was enjoyed by the prophet Muhammad (whose full name was Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim) (ابو القاسم محمد ابن عبد الله ابن عبد المطلب ابن هاشم) and his companions.
It was made from barley flour, milk, water and was often sweetened with honey. The prophet used it as a means for curing the sick and to comfort those who had recently lost loved ones. “The talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5325)]
Islamic medicine in the Middle Ages was far more advanced than the European version of the healing arts (which typically involved a toad, a leech and/or bleeding oneself into an early grave). Modern science now knows that Talbina both lowers cholesterol and strengthens the heart and is believed to also offer protection from cancer, Alzheimer’s, and depression. Talbina also controls blood sugar levels, Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension – all without side effects.
I’ve upped the healing ante for the recipe by my additions of blueberry, cacao nib and pomegranate (all superfoods) as well as the substitution of coconut milk for regular milk and the addition of ginger. With my changes, this recipe is even more delicious and beneficial for you – turning it into a breakfast smoothie is the last logical evolutionary step to ultimate health! My version does stray far from the prophet’s original recipe and I urge you to try it as well, as it may prove more to your liking than my update.
Citizens – try either version and see for yourself just how an ancient healing recipe can improve your life today!
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2 tablespoons Hulless Barley Flour
1 cup coconut milk (use whole milk if you want to stay truer to the original recipe)
½ cup blueberries
⅓ cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup dark cacao nibs (preferred) or dark chocolate chips
¼ cup peeled sliced ginger
1 tablespoon or more to taste honey
Blend all together as a potently healing breakfast smoothie.