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If you are someone who is looking for a fulfiling breakfast and smoothies don’t make a cut for you then I say give this one a try. Dalia Upma is literally something that I can in so many forms. I often add lentils and make khichdi with it or even some Turkish soups. Dalia or Broken Wheat is easy to digest when compared to the complicated carbs that one can gain from bread right in the morning. And come one lets be honest, on a cold morning would you like to have another boring cold smoothie? I won’t like it for sure.

Dalia Upma can be made with almost any combination of vegetables. I have used the ones that I generally cook with, but you can add leek, brocolli, kohlrabi, raddish or literally anything you like. I don’t like bulk cooking this one such that I have 2 mornings out of 7 with a sorted breakfast for me. But if you are someone who like to cook everything from scratch always, you can chop the vegetables and store them in an airtight container the night before. This way you can reduce your morning prep time.



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Dalia Upma (Broken Wheat Porridge) Yum
  1. In a pan, add oil or ghee (if you are not vegan, making this dish in ghee will bring a good start to your day. As ghee fills you up and is a better fat to start the day than oil). Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. In a few seconds add curry leaves, chopped green chilli and urad daal. Saute the ingredients on low to medium heat, till the daal gets a slight off white/brownish tinge.
  2. After sauteing for 2-3 mins, add the chopped onion and grated ginger. Let it cook for a another 2 minutes and then add all the chopped veggies except the capsicum (Carrots, potatoes, green beans, green peas, cauliflower). You can literally use any vegetables to make this dish. It is your playground and it is also one of the best ways to incorporate vegetables into your morning meal.
  3. Cook all the vegetables on medium heat for 5 mins and then add the broken wheat. Mix everything well. Add salt and cumin powder. You don't need any more spices in this dish.
  4. Finally add the diced capsicum and then 1.5 cups of water. Bring it all to a good boil and let it simmer under a cover for a good 15 mins. Give it a stir occasionally. After 15 mins, you can take one or two grains of broken wheat between your fingers and check the consistency. It should be soft enough. Now remove the cover and let it cook for another 2 mins. Check the seasoning. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves. You can pair this dish with a lime wedge on the side. That is how traditionally any upma is best enjoyed.
Recipe Notes

Remember to eat it hot. This can be a good lunch box meal as well.

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Enjoy and make your mornings little extra lekker! Let me know in the comments below if you give this recipe a try.



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