Barley is a wonderful whole grain for you to add into your diet. Although pearl barley is still good for you, pot barley is less refined and has a superior nutritional profile. Bottom line, look for the pot barley first.
Soak the barley for 8 hours or overnight in ample water.
Rinse the barley in a strainer. Drain well and remove any debris that may have made into your barley.
Now bring the 3 cups of water or broth to a boil. Add the barley, reduce heat to simmer and cover with a lid.
Simmer barley for 1 hour, strain remaining water and serve.
If you are using water try adding some spices! Cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, chilli powder etc. Add in anywhere from ¼ to 1 teaspoon of each spice depending on your taste preferences and see what flavours you like best.