Oct 172012

Do you believe in miracles? I didn’t, until yesterday when my husband came home and said his lunch, which was “Broken Wheat Upma” was delicious. I didn’t know if I heard it right and alarmingly he repeated he loved it. I didn’t know I would hear it from the same man who abhors upma and who can give me 10 different expressions of hate and disgruntled tone with a single mention of the name upma. Hope he continues to like upma and that’ll make my life and my taste buds much happier.



Usually when a recipe is healthy, I feel there’s something missing or I need to adapt my taste buds to a healthy eating taste(that’s basically saying I convince myself that I’m eating healthy). But this recipe didn’t need any mentoring from my mind to my body, the taste of broken wheat and vegetables was just awesome. I loved every bite of it and had a second serving without any guilt. I’m sure you’ll love this part the best, this upma can be cooked in a pressure cooker, so minimal supervision and you’ll have a tasty upma with little to no cooking involved. How does that sound?


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In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add red chillies, channa dal, urad dal and fry till they turn golden brown. Add chopped vegetables, salt, turmeric powder.

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Add broken wheat, water, close lid and cook for 1 whistle. Switch off flame and let the pressure drop on its own. Remove the lid, stir well to combine. Adjust for salt. Serve hot with pickle or chutney. Enjoy!!!


Broken Wheat Upma (Broken Wheat Pilaf)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Broken Wheat/ Cracked Wheat --- 1 1/2 cups (I used the Chamba broken wheat, its slightly reddish in color)
  • Mustard Seeds -- 1 tsp
  • Channa Dal -- 1 Tbsp
  • Urad Dal -- 1/2 Tbsp
  • Red Chillies -- 1 or 2
  • Potato --- 1 medium (approx 1 cup chopped into small cubes)
  • Carrot -- 1 (approx 3/4 cup chopped into small cubes)
  • Red Bell Pepper -- 1 (approx 1/2 cup chopped)
  • Turmeric Powder -- 1 tsp
  • Asafetida (Hing) -- pinch
  • Cooking oil/Canola Oil -- 1 Tbsp
  • Water -- 3 cups
  • Salt -- to taste


  1. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add red chillies, channa dal, urad dal and fry till the dals turn golden brown. Add hing, followed by chopped vegetables. Mix salt and turmeric powder.
  2. Add broken wheat, water and stir once to combine. Close lid, add the weight (close the pressure vent), and cook till 1 whistle or approximately 5 minutes. Switch off flame and let the pressure cool down on its own. Approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the lid, stir well to combine, adjust for salt. Serve hot with chutney or pickle. Enjoy!!!


If you do not have pressure cooker, then cook in a heavy bottomed pan or vessel. The procedure is same, just cook on a covered vessel or pan and stir occasionally to prevent broken wheat from sticking to the bottom of the pan and to make sure all the ingredients are evenly cooked. The timing for cooking in a covered vessel will be more (about 10 to 15 minutes).




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  16 Responses to “Broken Wheat Upma (Broken Wheat Pilaf)”

  1. this looks very nice…i can have it for lunch or dinner as well…superb recipe

  2. That’s what I had for breakfast this morning!

  3. This makes me miss home so much 🙂
    Mom makes it a lot at home as a evening snack.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. Healthy upma, one of my fav..

  5. Beautiful pictures Jayanthi. So nice to know that your hubby loved this..and wonderful to know you cooked it in pressure cooker..

  6. Thanks Pradnya
    Renuka: Lovely…what a coincidence.
    Pallavi: Awww….I miss my mom’s cooking too!
    Priya: Thanks
    Srivalli: I loved it too…especially cooking in pressure cooker…so simple and easy!

  7. beautiful presentation..all photos look great

  8. I love upma but hubby hates it. I need to try your version to make him eat it. The pictures are awesome Jayanthi…

  9. Nice and healthy upma

  10. I totally agree with “No-Guilt” Part!!! Love this upma for the same reason. I even cook them plain like Rice and have it with normal Sambhar/Rasam.

  11. Wonderful picture…definitely a healthy upma !

  12. Never made upma with broken wheat. Sounds like a healthy idea!

  13. One of my favorite upmas. Love the presentation and the pot in the background. 🙂

  14. Lovely blog !! Lovely the photography and awesome recipes

  15. Well. I should try this with my hubby too. May be I’ll get lucky!

  16. Mireille: Thanks
    Gayathri: Thanks. Hey, same pinch. Good luck on your trial.
    Rajani: Good luck to you too!!!;)
    Turmeric n spice: Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your comments
    Priya Srinivasan: That’s wonderful to know.
    Suma Gandlur: Thanks
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