Recipe: Dalia /Broken Wheat Khichdi

Delphine Fernandes has been the Office Manager at SHARE for the last 15 years.  Her attention to detail, memory and hard work has kept SHARE functioning smoothly and efficiently.  She loves making Dalia because it is so easy and quick, especially when she has little time to cook because she has to work late to keep a deadline.  And her husband and son love it!

Dalia is basically wheat that is cleaned and husked and processed into smaller sizes.  It is highly nutritious as it does not undergo refining.  In the United States, it is known as “bulgar” or “cracked wheat.” When broken wheat is cooked, it has a hearty, warm aroma and a delightful, grainy taste.  It is slightly nutty and chewy.


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp jeera /cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tomato – diced
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 onion – finely diced
  • 1 potato cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 carrot cubed
  • ½ cup green peas and or bell pepper
  • 1 cup dalia/broken wheat (aka bulgar/cracked wheat)
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander and lemon for garnish


In pan heat 2 tsp oil and sauté cumin seeds until they sizzle.

Then add ginger paste, coriander and turmeric and sauté for 1 minute.

Add cut tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas and sauté for 2- 3 minutes.

Add dalia to the pan and sauté for 2 – 3 minutes on a slightly high flame.

Add 2 ½ cups of hot water and salt. Bring to boil and lower heat.  Cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until water dries.

Serve hot.


    1. Hi, Andrea,

      In the U.S., dalia is called “bulgar wheat” or “cracked wheat.” It’s available in most supermarkets — in a Whole Foods or other natural foods grocery, it is often found in the bulk aisle, where you can buy as much or as little as you want. In a more conventional supermarket, you can look in the area that features rice or in the aisle with food for specific ethnic/cultural cuisines. It’s more popular than we think — in the Depression era, families ate cooked cracked wheat like we eat oatmeal: for breakfast!

    2. You will find it in a health food store or if you live in New York City, you will find it at Sahadi’s in Brooklyn Heights and in Indian Food stores in Manhattan. It’s called bulghur in Arabic, cracked wheat or bulgar in health food stores.

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