Vegetable Dalia Idli | Broken Wheat Idli

Noooo….. The Dalia that i am talking about is not the pretty flower with the same name.. It is actually broken or cracked wheat whose hindi names are Dalia/Burghul/Fada/Lapsi…. I came to know about it first when i went for lunch to a friend’s place.. She made upma out of this and it was so delicious that i decided it was sure to be on my next shopping cart… Along with the taste, what attracted me was the wonderful health benefits that she shared with me… Sounded like music to my ears.. Wheat product , Easy to cook , Filling , Light on the Stomach , Great food for weight watchers…. Did i need any more reasons to buy this super food??

                                 Then upma it was with half the packet (Will share recipe soon! Forgot to click step by step pics then.. Was busy getting excited to try and gobble down the upma..).. With the rest of the packet i planned to do the same when there came my hubby with his “Try Varieties!” slogan that he always has especially after i have started blogging.. So i went hunting for recipes and found a dalia idli with urad dal… With all excitement i made it and it turned out a HUGE flop.. The batter turned out sour and i could not remove the idlis from the plate as it turned out sticky.. Yuck!! It was such a disaster of an idli….

That day i took a oath i WONT make idlis with dalia again…. But again came my hubby with his new idea… “Make them just like how you make rava idlis!”… I was like super adamant i won’t make and he was even more adamant i should give it a try… Then finally i gave in (As usual! Poor me! Lol!!) and said i will make it for lunch some day so that even if it does not come out fine, i can quickly make some rice.. Again google searched with no excitement at all as i was sure it won’t come out well…

I then found a single video of Dalia Idli made the way i make rava idli.. But there was a difference, No Eno Fruit salt!!!! I was like, how can the idlis become soft without it? I saw the video at least five times and with loads of confusion in mind, finally made it clicking pics too in case they come out well.. * Fingers Crossed Moment*

As you can see from the pics, it did come out really well.. Soft and filled with little bites of the veggies along with the awesome flavor of the broken wheat, this idli is a must try for those who have not.. The addition of vegetables to the idli makes it a complete nutritious meal which can be had as a filling breakfast,lunch or even dinner.. So do try and enjoy the visual treat of the idlis too… Don’t they look pretty and colorful?

Health Benefits of Broken Wheat: Made from crushing whole wheat berries, the nutrition and fiber is intact and hence very healthy… Good source of Iron , Magnesium and Phosphorus and higher glycemic index and nutritional value than rice..


Adapted from : Inhouse Recipes

2 Cups Broken Wheat/ Dalia/Lapsi/Burghul/Fada {I made with the roasted and fine variety which is slightly brown in color.. If you buy the coarser yellow variety, dry roast it for a while and coarsely powder it in a mixer and then use..}

Here’s a snap of it!

1 Cup Curd/Yogurt
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to taste

For Seasoning:
1 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Broken Cashews to taste
1/2 of a medium Onion, finely chopped
2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1/2 Carrot , finely chopped
1/4 of a medium Capsicum , finely chopped
Handful of Green peas {Frozen/Fresh}

1. Prepare seasoning by heating oil in a pan add spluttering mustard seeds..

2. Add cashews and fry till golden brown..

3. Add onion and fry till translucent..

4. Add green chillies, carrot, capsicum and peas and fry on medium flame till slightly cooked..

5. Remove from flame and allow it to cool for a minute..

6. Add the broken wheat granules and salt and mix well..

7. Add curd and coriander leaves..

8. Mix well adding little water to form a thick paste.. Keep aside for 10 minutes..
Note: After 10 mins, the batter absorbs all the water and becomes hard.. Just add little water more to get it into the pourable consistency..

9. Add a spoonful of the batter into the molds and flatten with the back of the spoon..

10. Steam for 15 mins.. Insert a knife to check if comes out clear.. If so, then the idlis are ready..Allow it to cool for some time and then remove using a spoon or knife..
Serve hot with chutney or sambar!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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