One may think that there is not much you can do with Dalia (cracked wheat) other than make porridge and serve it for breakfast. Well that’s what I thought until Nikhil introduced me to it’s delicious savory variation- something he learnt from his mum. Dalia (cracked wheat in Hindi) is basically a wheat product made from whole raw wheat kernels which are crushed or cut into smaller pieces. If you can’t find cracked wheat, bulgur wheat or couscous are great alternatives. This is a super quick, easy, healthy, tasty recipe that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner (BLD!?!? ). So here is how Nikhil made it:
1 cup cracked wheat (aka dalia)/ bulgur wheat or couscous
2 ½ cups water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ of a small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 whole green chili
1 teaspoon garlic
1 ½ cups vegetables of your choice (we used corn, beans, carrots, capsicum, cabbage, peas)
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon ground coriander seeds
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon red chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
juice of half a lime
salt to taste
fresh coriander for garnish
- Cook the cracked wheat/ dalia in water just like you would cook rice and set aside. If you are using bulgur wheat or couscous, make sure to cook it in accordance with instructions given on the box.
- In a separate pan, heat the oil on medium heat and add the cumin seeds, ginger, onions & green chili and sauté for about a minute.
- Next add the garlic, sauté for 30 seconds and add in the vegetables and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
- Then add in the spices & salt to taste, add the cooked cracked wheat/bulgur/couscous, mix well and cook for about 2 minutes.
- To serve garnish with fresh coriander and lime juice.
That is how quick & easy this is!