Talbina – The Prophetic Comfort Food

In the heart of Islamic tradition lies a humble yet powerful dish known as Talbina. It is a simple barley porridge, whose virtues were extolled by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He said,

“The talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.”

What is Talbina?

talbina barley porridge


Talbina is made from ground barley, a grain rich in nutrients and known for its comforting properties. It can be prepared with water or milk and often topped with ingredients like fresh fruit and honey to enhance its flavour.

I like to take it a step further and

  • add a pinch of turmeric to help lower body inflammation.
  • Dash of cinnamon to make it aromatic and even more comfort food which also helps circulation and antioxidants.
  • Grate some nutmeg on top which is a great pain reliever. Also let’s not forget the
  • blackseed that our beloved Prophet (PBUH) narrated “cures everything but death”.

Benefits of Talbina

– Emotional Well-being: Aisha (RA) would often prescribe Talbina for those experiencing sadness, anxiety, depression, or grief.
– Digestive Health: Barley is high in fibre, aiding digestion and promoting gut health.
– Nutritional Richness: Packed with vitamins, especially B vitamins, and minerals.

Talbina is a nourishing meal that supports overall health.

Eating Talbina in Ramadan

When you plan your schedule for Ramadan, Talbina can be an excellent food for Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) or Iftar (meal to break the fast), providing sustained energy and nutrients. Its preparation is a meditative practice, reminding us to eat with intention and not overindulge.


Talbina is more than just a meal, it is a reminder of the holistic approach to health recommended by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Let’s embrace the benefits of this Prophetic food this Ramadan and beyond.

I hope this post will be a valuable addition to your regimen during the blessed month of Ramadan. If you have any more requests or need further assistance, feel free to ask. Ramadan Mubarak!

Love more and Laugh alot.
Eat well and Move around.
Life is a Blessing so Live it Right!

Written by Sister Patty Marotte – The Spice Coach and Lupus Warrior

Sister Patty is a Spice Coach and has a passion for teaching sisters how to use spices and herbs to bump up the nutritional value of their meals.

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