Broken Wheat Upma|Dalia - A Whole Wheat Breakfast Recipe


Broken Wheat Upma/Dalia – “An easy to cook breakfast recipe, that will fit your busy schedule”

In today’s recipe, I am going to share with you a very easy breakfast recipe. The name of this dish is called Dalia, and it is a recipe quite famous in north india. 

So, what exactly is Dalia? Might be your first question.  If you are from south part of India, you can relate this dish to pongal. For other folks, who don’t know the head and tail of what I am talking about; this is a porridge dish, made from broken wheat granules/ also known as Lapsi Rava. Below you can find a picture of the same. 


Add a few ingredients, like pepper, tomatoes, onions(if you like), cashews, you definitely will fall in love with this recipe. 

For those, who are new to cooking might love this recipe. Because, you can simply add all ingredients into a pressure cooker and cook it within 15 minutes. 

Below, I am going to share with you a method, my beloved room-mates taught me. By the way, there are many ways to make this dish. But, after trying out a few methods, the one I am going to share with you stuck close to my heart. Try it out, and may be you will find out why? 

Shall we get started then? I am excited too! Let’s begin with the ingredients list. 

Ingredients List (Serves 2-3 people)

Cooking Mix

• Tomatoes – 2 (chopped)

• Green Chilly – 2 (chopped)

• Curry Leaves – 8-10 (chopped)

• Baby Corn – ¼ 

• Mint Leaves – 9-10 (chopped)

• Coriander Leaves – 9-10 (chopped)

• Lapsi Rava – ½ cup(125ml) 

• Split Moon Dal – ¼ cup

• Oil – 3-4 tbsp 

• Salt – 1 tbsp 

Tempering Mix

• Red Chilly – 1 

• Mustard Seeds – 1 tbsp 

• Cumin Seeds – 1tbsp 

• Peanuts – 10-15 

• Cashews – 5-10 

Masala Mix 

• Asafetida – ¼ tbsp

• Garam Masala – ½ tbsp. 

• Turmeric powder – ½ tbsp 

Preparation Steps

1. Chop 2 tomatoes, 2 green chilies, curry leaves, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Keep aside the sweet baby corns. 


2. In a cooker, heat 2-3 tbsp of oil. As the oil becomes warm, add in cumin and mustard seeds. Then add the red chilies, groundnuts and cashewnuts. Keep medium flame as you do.


3. As the cashews become, slightly brown, add chopped green chilies, curry leaves and corn.


4. Add ½ tbsp. of garam masala, ½ tbsp. of turmeric powder, ¼ tbsp. of asafetida and 1 tbsp of salt into the mix and stir well along with the baby corns.


5. Now, add the soaked dal and lapsi rava into the mix and stir well. For ½ cup of dalia, add in 3 cups of water. 



If you want the porridge to have a soup like consistency, add 3-4 cups of water. 

6. Close the lid of the cooker, and steam it for 3-4 cooker whistles. Once, done, switch off the flame and let it cool for sometime.


7. Garnish, with chopped coriander and mint leaves. Your dalia is ready to be served.



Adding mint leaves gives a very refreshing taste to the dish

Facts you may like

They say, that you must know the food you eat. So, here are some of the facts, that might be new to you. 

Rich in fiber: Dalia is very rich in fiber and a complex carbohydrate that releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream. As a result, you will fell fuller much longer and will have a great chance of getting a balanced meal all throughout the day.

Nutrient content: Aside from fiber, dalia is a great source of energy to the body. A bowl of this cereal also provides various vitamins and minerals including Vitamins B1 and B2, Many of these nutrients have anti-oxidant properties and therefore protect the body from harmful toxins and possible ailments

Help weight management and diabetes: Due to its slow glucose releasing property,dalia is beneficial for people who are on a weight controlling regime as it will help them stay away from binging and overeating. Those with diabetes can also eat dalia to ensure that their glucose levels can stay stable all day.

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