Quick and Easy Dalia Upma
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • Dalia/broken wheat/bulgur wheat – 1 cup
  • Mustard/vegetable oil – 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 to 15, broken into half
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Hing/asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Dry red chili – 2, broken into half
  • Carrot – 2, medium, cut into 1 inch long thin strips
  • Green beans – 10 to 15, cut into ½ inch long pieces
  • Green peas – ¼ cup
  • Green chili – 2, chopped
  • Ginger paste – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee/clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves to garnish
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small skillet/frying pan. Add the broken cashew nuts and fry them until golden brown. Take them out and set aside.
  2. Wash the dalia with tap water for couple of times and drain all the water out after final rinse. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is hot, temper it with hing, dry red chilies and cumin seeds. Let the spices crackle and become fragrant for 30 seconds.
  4. Next add the chopped carrots, green beans and green peas. Sauté them on medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes until light golden and glossy.
  5. Then add the chopped green chilies and ginger paste and sauté until the raw smell of ginger is gone.
  6. Add the turmeric powder, sugar and salt to taste. Cook the spices with a splash of water to avoid burning.
  7. Now add the rinsed dalia to the cooker. Stir thoroughly to coat all grains with spices as much as possible. Keep sautéing the dalia for good 5 to 8 minutes on low heat.
  8. Then add about 2 cups of water and stir everything well. Cover the cooker lid and pressure cook on high until the first whistle. After the very first whistle, reduce the flame to minimum and cook until another 2 whistles. Then shut the flame off and let the cooker release its pressure on its own. It will take about 15 minutes.
  9. After the pressure is vented out, uncover the lid and give a stir with a spatula or wooden spoon. Check and adjust for seasoning if needed.
  10. Finally drizzle the ghee on top and sprinkle the golden fried cashew nuts. Serve the dalia upma hot with a garnish of freshly chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy!
Recipe by Everyday Indian Recipes at https://www.everydayindianrecipes.com/quick-easy-dalia-upma/