Broken Wheat or Daliya is a great ingredient for your kid’s menu. It is easy to cook, packed with proteins, fibre and B-Vitamins along with a generous quantity of other minerals. So, it is more than just the weight loss/diabetes controlling food it is in the adult world; it can be a much loved part of your child’s meal plans that caters to many needs of the growing child.
Common recipes for children that include dalia include:
These are the recipes that are most popular among parents. But what if I told you that there is more that can be done with this amazing grain?
Weekends somehow make my toddler hungrier than usual. We end up breaking our main meals into more mini-meals this time of the week to avoid unhealthy snacking. This weekend, while de-cluttering our kitchen cupboards, my help and I found 2 extra packets of broken wheat! (yep..not 1 but 2) .. I was feeling super guilty as 1 of those packets was close to expiring and food wastage just doesn’t agree with me. So I quickly googled some recipes and found this treasure from Archana’s Kitchen . (click to view the original recipe that blew our mind away!!) . Unrelated byte: we share our first names!!
Here is what we actually ended up making based on that recipe:
- 500 gms of Dalia
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 3 green chillies
- 1/4 of a cup of gram flour
- 1 tsp jeera powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp carrom seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp asafoetida (optional)
- salt as per taste
- oil/ghee for frying
- Wash the dalia generously 3-4 times and keep it aside
- Finely chop all the vegetables you use
- Heat oil/ghee in a thick bottomed kadhai/ any deep bottomed pan should do or even a paniyaram appa maker.
- Put the washed dahliya with some salt in a pressure cooker for about 3 whistles
- Let the pressure escape naturally, check if the water has been used up completely, if not cook for some more time without the cooker’s lid until its mushy and thick in consistency.
- Transfer the cooked dalia into a big mixing bowl and let it cool.
- Add the Onions and chillies
- Mix all the masalas into the gram flour and add that to the dalia mix and stir well. Make sure the resulting batter is thick in consistancy.
- Make small pakora patties out of the batter and fry them in the oil/ghee until it turns golden brown.
- Once you drain the excess oil/ghee break the 1st pakora in to 2 pieces to check, the insides will be soft but the outer layers will be crispy. Once you have an understanding of the cooking time of your dalia mix and the right amount of soft/crisp you want you can plan your frying time and make pakoras in batches of 4.
- If you are shallow frying, make small flattened cutlet like pakoras, they will cook easier and soak less oil.
This is not an everyday food (because of the oil), think of it more like a healthy preservative-free but also filling snack for your littles!
Thank you Archana’s Kitchen for this lovely idea. Hope our readers’ll try this recipe out and don’t forget to let us know if you do!!