Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea, a nutty tea made with toasted barley and water. This can be served either cold or warm. 

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

Barley tea has its origin from East-Asia and is famous in Japan, China and Korea. It is a simple tea concoction made with toasted barley and water. It is called ‘Bori-cha’ in Korea, ‘Damai-cha’ in China and ‘Mugi-cha’ in Japan. This BoriCha | Korean Barley Tea can be served either warm or cold based on your liking.


BoriCha | Korean Barley Tea can be drunk as is or with some milk. There is no sweetener of any kind added in it and I did not feel the need of it as well. If I am telling you that I did not need any sugar, then trust me you are in good hands. I did try a little with some lemon juice and it was very refreshing.

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

Korean stores have Barley tea in tea bags readily available to buy or also carry toasted barley kernels. I used lain pearl barley and toasted it myself to brown color and then seeped the tea.

Barley has many health benefits. It contains antioxidants that helps fight inflammation. It is caffeine free and helps in digestion and over all Gastrointestinal health. The flavor of the Bori-cha was quite nutty with a slight bitter undertone, that was pleasantly liked by me and my husband. The best part is, when seeping the tea, the barley cooks as well and can be used in recipes that call for barley.

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

So, once you brew the BoriCha | Korean Barley Tea, do not discard the barley. I have an amazing recipe coming soon to use the cooked barley.

My dear friend Deepika, gave me her tea kettle to use and I could not wait to find an apt recipe to use it for and picture it. This week I am doing 3 different recipes from 3 different Asian countries and after yesterday’s Papaya Lassi from India, today, I have the BoriCha | Korean Barley Tea from Korea (East Asia). The tea kettle was just too perfect and I had so much fun photographing this morning. Thanks Deepika for this cute Tea Kettle.

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

My other recipes with Barley –

Baked Barley Crackers

Barley Dosai / crepes

Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Difficulty level – easy

Ingredients to make BoriCha | Korean Barley Tea – Makes 6 cups

  • Pearl Barley – 3 TBSP
  • Water – 6 cups

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

Procedure to make BoriCha | Korean Barley Tea –

  • In a large pan, toast the pearl barley until brown and aromatic. Keep the heat low and constantly stir the barley to prevent burning. Barley takes about 7 to 8 minutes to be brown and aromatic.

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

  • Add 6 cups of water to the same pan and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the water boils, simmer the flame and let the barley seep for about 20 minutes.
  • You can let the barley seep for any where between 5 to 30 minutes. 20 minutes for perfect for us as it had a good nutty flavor and at the same time was not too strong.
  • Strain the mixture and pour into glasses and enjoy.

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

  • You could serve it warm or cold. We liked ours warm and it was very soothing.

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea
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Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Keyword Barley, Drinks, Healthy, Korean tea, Summer recipes, Tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Cups

Ingredients

  • Pearl Barley - 3 TBSP
  • Water - 6 cups

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, toast the pearl barley until brown and aromatic. Keep the heat low and constantly stir the barley to prevent burning. Barley takes about 7 to 8 minutes to be brown and aromatic. .
  2. Add 6 cups of water to the same pan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once the water boils, simmer the flame and let the barley seep for about 20 minutes.
  4. You can let the barley seep for any where between 5 to 30 minutes. 20 minutes for perfect for us as it had a good nutty flavor and at the same time was not too strong.
  5. Strain the mixture and pour into glasses and enjoy.
  6. You could serve it warm or cold. We liked ours warm and it was very soothing.

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18 thoughts on “Bori-Cha | Korean Barley Tea

  1. This is a very nutritious drink. I am very interested in the recipe your are going to share for the barley. Very cute teapot, looks great in the pictures.

  2. Oh my that is some tea Sandhya! Enjoyed reading about this drink and the health benefits..the clicks look so lovely with the pot being the highlight!..Excellent pick for the theme!

  3. A tea with barley is definitely vey innovative ! Sounds great , and yes the kettle is cute . How nice of your friend to give it to you , it’s a perfect prop for this tea .

  4. This Is so delicious Sandhya ! I saw ur feed and cudnt wait to check out a caffeine free drink . I love barley kanji that I make regularly ; toasting the seeds for this tea sounds delicious ! Amazing find 🙂

  5. Some thing new to me, definitely a healthy take on our regular tea. Though I’m skeptical about the taste and that too without sugar, but at the same time curious too to know its taste. will make it asap

  6. I was in a British supermarket a few weeks ago we have here in NY and they have all different flavors of flavored barley water and I always thought it was strange but I guess barley beverages are common in different cultures – I wasn’t sure I would like it but now you are tempting me to try it

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