Unpolished broken wheat is used to make Namkeen dalia, a traditional breakfast alternative that is quite healthful. Broken wheat can be used in a variety of dishes.Unpolished broken wheat is used to make Namkeen dalia, a traditional breakfast alternative that is quite healthful. Broken wheat can be used in a variety of dishes.
Dalia is a favorite with Indians worldwide. Many of us have been experimenting with different flavors to delight our palates and try something new each time we eat! As we speak, Dalia has its very unique advantages. As we continue with the recipe, here are some more!
Namkeen dalia is a very minimally spiced dish so the only spices used here are cumin seeds and turmeric. If you want you can add coriander powder, red chili powder but I like to keep this simple.
Dalia is considered to be one of the simplest and healthy food, low in fat & cholesterol, high in iron & fiber, good in carbs. Often recommended to growing up kids or people recovering from illness.
It just takes a few simple ingredients to make this Namkeen dalia and it’s done in no time. It’s also perfect for packing in lunchboxes and taking on a trip.
Ingredients for Namkeen dalia recipe
- 1 cup Daliya (broken wheat)
- 2 teaspoon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 10 Curry Leaves / Kadi Patta
- 1 chopped green chili optional
- 2 medium chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 1 small Tomato,chopped
- 2 medium carrots
- 1/2 cup Frozen Peas
- salt as required
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Instruction for Namkeen dalia
Heat ghee or oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, and chopped green chilies.
When the seeds start to crackle add in onions. Stir and cook for around 3 minutes until the onions soften.
Then, add ginger-garlic paste to it and fry it for a minute.
Add in the Peas, tomatoes, and carrots. Cook for 1 minute, or until they are just starting to soften.
Also add the daliya and stir fry every thing till it become slightly white in colour and start giving a nice aroma.
- Pour two cups of water. Depending on the consistency you like, you can adjust the amount of water.
Add turmeric and salt to taste. Stir and close the lid.
- Cook for 3-4 whistles or until soft. Allow it to cool down completely.
- Open the pot and give it a stir. Garnish with cilantro and serve. You can also squeeze some lemon juice before serving.
This vegetable daliya absorbs all the water and dries up quite a bit as it cools down. So, it is best served warm. But if you have leftovers, you will need to add some water while reheating it, either on stove-top in a pan or using a microwave.
Tips and Variations
- If you want, you can add more spices here like coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala etc.
- Cooking time depends on the size and quality of daliya so cook accordingly
- Add as many vegetables as you like. This veggie dish pairs well with tomatoes and peppers. Add some chopped spinach if you’d like. Spinach should be added if using after the pressure cooking is complete.
- You can serve it with some butter on top. It tastes really good that way even though I usually just have it as it.
- Adjust the consistency of this vegetable daliya to preference. You can add more water to make it thinner.