Dalia (or cracked wheat) is a good source of fibre and can be made sweet or salty. Its a very good breakfast or main meal dish.
The sweet version is like a porridge, soft, served hot, and soothing. You can flavor it in any form, in a desi way with cardamom, saffron and cloves or with vanilla, cinnamon..the choice is yours. Its specially good for pregnant and lactant mothers. Its also a good stomach filler due to the fibre content. If you are diabetic you can go for the salted version.
The pic has been sent to me by Dipa Motwani whos a dear friend. She made the sweet version. The recipe of the salted version has been sent to me by another friend Kavita Durgani who used to make this in a salted version. Sorry i do not have the pic for the salted version but you are welcome to send me one.
INGREDIENTS FOR SWEET DALIA FOR 2:
1/2 cup of cracked wheat (dalia), Dipa said she crushed it a bit more in her blender
2 pieces each of crushed cardamom, cloves and whole black pepper corns
a pinch of Nitu Didi pure saffron
a pinch of salt
glass of water
sugar to taste
whole milk as desired or skimmed milk or soya milk
In a pressure cooker or normal casserole add the cracked wheat and cook till browned. Add the spices, the saffron , salt and the water . Stir and pressure cook for 5 minutes after coming to pressure. Or cook on medium heat if using a casserole, you might need to add more water. Cool and then add the milk and sugar to taste.
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FOR SALTED VERSION OF DALIA FOR 2 :
In a pressure cooker heat the oil and add cumin seeds, allow them to splutter.
Add chopped onions, ginger and green chilies. Fry till onions are golden brown in color.
Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, chili powder and salt.
Now add chopped mixed vegetables and green peas and fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add Dalia and mix well. Add water and close the lid and allow one whistle on high heat.
Lower the heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves.