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Cracked Wheat Porridge/ Meetha Daliya

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Meetha (sweet) Daliya or Cracked Wheat Porridge is a very popular breakfast dish from Indian Cuisine. Highly nutritious and a healthy breakfast recipe loved by all ages.
Meetha (sweet) daliya or cracked (broken) wheat porridge is a sweet, creamy, nutty, delicious recipe made using cracked (broken) wheat or daliya, milk and jaggery or sugar. Flavored with green cardamon, nuts such as almonds, raisins, enhances the taste and nutrition value of this dish. Meetha (sweet) daliya or cracked (broken) wheat porridge makes an excellent breakfast as well as a great healthy dessert.

 

 

 

Daliya or cracked (broken) wheat can be prepared in many ways. One can make sweet as well as savory dishes using daliya. High in its nutrients value daliya makes an excellent source of energy. Preparation of meetha (sweet) daliya is quite simple and easy. The key thing here is of roasting the daliya.

A good roasted daliya, results in a great tasting and flavorful daliya. Traditionally, daliya or cracked(broken) wheat is roasted in ghee or clarified butter, cooked with milk and sugar to give it a nice, rich and creamy texture. Flavors from green cardamom powder and freshly grated nutmeg fill the air with sweet aroma 💓 Milk gives this daliya a nice, thick porridge like consistency. Nuts add a nice crunch and pack lot of nutrition and flavor to this dish. 

 

 

 

Traditionally, meetha (sweet) daliya is made using sugar or jaggery. However, you can make this with your choice of sweeter. Please refer to –How to make Meetha (sweet) daliya refined sugar-free?

Jaggery adds a nice caramelized flavor to this recipe. There are mainly two types of jaggery available here in most Indian/Asian grocery stores. Dark colored jaggery and light colored jaggery. I prefer dark colored jaggery as it adds nice caramelized flavor to the dish. Light colored jaggery has quite mild flavors and is less sweet as compared to dark colored jaggery. Brown sugar may also be substituted in place of jaggery, it also adds nice flavor to the sweet daliya.
There are many ways sweet daliya can be flavored. I like to flavor my sweet daliya with green cardamom powder and some freshly grated nutmeg. I think the combination of green cardamom and nutmeg is purely divine 👌 Some other flavors such as saffron, cinnamon are also a great alternatives.
When it comes to flavors, this one flavor is a absolute must for me – cumin seeds. Yes, I absolutely love these tiny seeds in the daliya. I think cumin seeds adds a great flavor to this dish. I add a final tempering of homemade ghee (clarified butter) and cumin seeds to the sweet daliya.

 

 

 

 

How to cook Sweet Daliya in Instant Pot?

Preparing sweet daliya in an Instant Pot is a very quick and a healthy way of cooking daliya without compromising on its taste or flavors. Turn on Instant Pot on a saute mode(high), add oil, when oil is hot, add cracked wheat or daliya. Roast the daliya for 8-10 mins or until the daliya has turned aromatic and has changed color. Add water, pinch of salt and close the IP, vent sealed. Cook daliya on manual/pressure cook mode (high) for “10” mins. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 mins.  Add milk, jaggery or sugar, green cardamom powder, freshly grated nutmeg, freshly crushed black peppercorns, almond flour, mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off Instant Pot. Prepare tempering on a stove, add some ghee to a sauce pan. When ghee is hot add cumin seeds, once the cumin seeds crackle, turn off heat. Add the tempering to the daliya. Mix well, garnish with some almonds and serve. Enjoy!

 

How to make daliya dairy-free?

Some of the dairy-free options that I like to use in this recipe include oats milk, almond milk and coconut milk. However, feel free to use any dairy-free option of your choice. 

  1. Oats milk is mild and is naturally sweet in flavor. Oats milk contains beta-glucan, a form of soluble dietary fiber, that can help lower cholesterol and sugar levels, thus improving over-all health.
  2. Almond milk is light, nutty flavor and is mildly sweet. Nutritious, low in calories and high in vitamin D.
  3. Coconut milk is creamy and sweet and has thick milky consistency. It also adds a nice coconut flavor.

 

How to make Meetha (sweet) daliya refined sugar-free?

Feel free to use sweeter of your choice, natural or artificial sweetener instead of sugar or jaggery. Natural sweeteners such as honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, dates can be used. Adjust the sweetness as per taste. 

 

Tips and Tricks

  • Why use oil instead of ghee for roasting dalia? Yes, you can use ghee for roasting the daliya. I like to keep it light and therefore to balance the flavors from the ghee I do the tempering with ghee at the end.
  • Roasting dalia is very important for a great tasting daliya. Roasting daliya enhances the flavor of this dish tremendously. Roast daliya until it turns aromatic and changes color (brown).
  • Why use jaggery? Jaggery is my personal preference over sugar, since it adds a nice caramelized flavor to this sweet daliya. Also, jaggery provides warmth and energy to the body specially during cold winter months. 
  • You may also use brown sugar, jaggery, honey, agave, or any sugar substitute of your choice. Adjust the sweetness as per taste.
  • Why add tempering? Tempering is optional, but I think it enhances the flavors of daliya. And I personally, love these tiny cumin seeds when they pop into your mouth, give a nice balance of flavors to this sweet dish, which I think is totally mesmerizing!!!
  • Daliya tends to soak up all the liquid gradually, if required add more milk to adjust the consistency as per liking. The consistency may be somewhere from thick like a porridge to slightly soupy. Adjust the consistency as per taste.
  • What other flavors can be used? Green cardamom and nutmeg are two of my favorite flavoring. Some of the other flavors that taste great in this dish are saffron and cinnamon.
  • Why use almond flour? I have a picky eater at home, my little one, my princess. She absolutely dislikes any kind of nuts in her food. And I think adding almond flour is the best way to sneak in some of the essential nutrients into her diet, without even her knowing 😃 Adding almond flour is optional, you could also add some handful of crushed almonds, will work just fine. Nuts of choice such as raisins, cashews, walnuts, pecans may also be added. You can also make it nut-free, will totally do.

 

 

How to store and serve Sweet Dalia?

  • Sweet daliya stays fresh in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Sweet daliya freezes well too. Daliya stays good for upto a month. If planning on freezing daliya, do not add milk and tempering. Divide the daliya into freezer safe containers and store it into freezer. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Before serving add milk, bring it to a boil. Add tempering and serve.
  • I like to serve sweet daliya with some boiled eggs on side. Enjoy!!



Cracked Wheat Porridge / Sweet Dalia - Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker

Meetha (sweet) Daliya or Cracked Wheat Porridge is a very popular breakfast dish from Indian Cuisine. Highly nutritious and a healthy breakfast recipe loved by all ages.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword daliya, meetha daliya, cracked wheat, cracked wheat porridge, porridge, instant pot, instant pot recipes, instant pot vegetarian recipes, pressure cooker, pressure cooker recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

To be pressure cooked:

  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1 cup cracked( broken ) wheat / daliya
  • 1/8 TSP salt
  • 2 cup water

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 - 1/4 cup whole milk +as needed
  • 3/4  cup jaggery / brown sugar as per taste
  • 1/2 TSP freshly crushed black peppercorns
  • 1/2 TSP green cardamom powder
  • pinch Freshly grated nutmeg optional
  • 1/4 cup almond flour/crushed almonds optional

For tempering: (Optional)

  • 1/2 TBSP ghee or clarified butter ,for vegan - use oil
  • 1/2 TBSP cumin seeds

For garnish (Optional):

  • Handful of almond slivered nuts of choice

Instructions

Instructions for Instant Pot Cooking:

  • Turn ON Instant Pot to saute mode (high).
  • When it displays "HOT", add oil, daliya (cracked wheat), roast daliya for few mins. Saute every couple of mins for even roasting of daliya.
  • After around 8-10 mins, dalia will become aromatic and will change color (will become dark in color).
  • Add salt, water. Mix well. Turn off Instant Pot. Close the IP lid, vent sealed.
  • Turn on Manual/Pressure cook mode (high), "10" mins.
  • Let pressure release naturally, around 10 mins. Open the IP lid.
  • Turn on saute mode (high).
  • Add milk, jaggery, crushed black pepper, green cardamom powder, freshly grated nutmeg and almond flour. Mix well.
    Note: Add your choice of dairy-free and/or refined sugar-free option.
    For nut-free option, do not add almond flour or any nuts.
    Using a cheese grater, fine grate nutmeg couple of time.
  • Bring it to a boil. Mix well. Turn OFF Instant Pot.
  • Meetha (sweet) Daliya is ready to be served. Enjoy!!

Instructions for Pressure Cooker Cooking:

  • On a high heat in a pressure cooker, add oil, daliya (cracked wheat), roast daliya for few mins. Saute every couple of mins for even roasting of daliya.
  • After around 8-10 mins, dalia will become aromatic and will change color (will become dark in color).
  • Add salt, water. Mix well. Close the pressure cooker lid, vent sealed.
  • After the first whistle, reduce the heat to low, and cook for "10" mins. After 10 mins, turn OFF the heat.
  • Let pressure release naturally, around 10 mins. Open the lid.
  • Turn ON heat (high), add milk, jaggery, crushed black pepper, green cardamom powder, freshly grated nutmeg and almond flour. Mix well.
    Note: Add your choice of dairy-free and/or refined sugar-free option.
    For nut-free option, do not add almond flour or any nuts.
    Using a cheese grater, fine grate nutmeg couple of time.
  • Bring it to a boil. Mix well. Turn OFF heat.
  • Meetha (sweet) Dalia is ready to be served. Enjoy!!

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Notes

  1. Adjust the consistency of the daliya as per taste. Add more milk for a lighter consistency.
  2. Add sweeter of your choice. For refined sugar free options - please refer to How to make Meetha (sweet) daliya refined sugar-free? discussed earlier in the post. 
  3. For dairy-free options - please refer to How to make dairy-free daliya? discussed earlier in the post.
  4. Depending upon the type of dairy or dairy-free option used, the texture of porridge will vary.
  5. Nutmeg is optional. It gives nice aroma to the dish.
  6. Tempering is optional. It gives nice flavor to the dish.
  7. Nuts of choice may be used, or may be omitted to make it nut-free.
  8. How to serve and store sweet daliya?-checkout the discussion earlier in the post .
  9. Tips and Tricks-checkout the discussion earlier in the post. 



Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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