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Meetha Daliya (Sweet Wheat Porridge)
In Hindi, meetha means sweet, and daliya means porridge. This is a recipe for a sweet porridge prepared with cracked or broken wheat. Daliya can also be spelled as dalia.
Daliya can be prepared with any broken or crushed grain. Typically, it is prepared with wheat, but other grains can be used, too, including rice, oats, or barley. It is a wholesome dish that can be prepared in minutes.
In this recipe, we are using fresh milk, some aromatic spices, and nuts for added nutrition.
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Daliya is a common breakfast food in North India. It is especially popular in the winter season, as it is consumed hot. Usually, this porridge can replace the typical Indian bread, called roti or paratha. Daliya is quite filling all on its own, but you can also have roti or paratha with it, if you wish. I skip the milk at breakfast and have daliya instead, along with bread.
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- 500 ml full fat milk, raw
- 1 cup daliya/broken/cracked wheat
- 150 grams sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 10 pistachios, sliced, for garnishing
- 10 almonds, skinned and sliced
- 10 cashews, sliced
- 10 raisins
- 15-20 strands kesar/saffron
- 650 ml water
- Dry roast the daliya for 5 minutes on low to medium low heat, stirring constantly till leaves its aroma.
- In a pressure cooker, put the daliya and water and on medium heat cook till 2 whistles. Take off heat and let the pressure subside.
- Keep the milk to boil on low heat while the pressure in the cooker subsides. Check the daliya once the pressure eases. It should be cooked soft.
- Once the milk comes to a boil, keep the heat on medium and add the saffron, cardamom powder, sliced almonds & cashews, sugar, and raisins. Save some sliced cashews & almonds for garnishing. Stir till the sugar dissolves.
- Reduce heat to low. Add the daliya and keep stirring simultaneously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes till the daliya combines with the milk and becomes thicker. Stir occasionally.
- Transfer to a bowl and garnish with the sliced pistachios, the saved sliced almonds and cashews, and a little cardamom powder.
Video: How to Make Meetha Daliya
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