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Dalia Upma Recipe

Dalia Upma is a savory broken wheat porridge. Learn how to make Indian broken wheat upma in a pressure cooker.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 Cup dalia (broken wheat)
  • 1 Cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ Cup green peas (matar)
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped carrot
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped green beans
  • 1 tablespoon peanut
  • 1 tablespoon cashews, sliced
  • 1 - 2 green chili, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1.5 Cup water


  • Dry roast dalia over low heat for 3 - 5 minutes or till aromatic and light brown in color. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • To make dalia upma heat oil in pressure cooker over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot enough add mustard seeds, jeera and wait till seeds start crackling. Then add peanuts, cashews and fry for 10 - 20 seconds.
  • Add chopped onion and green chili. Saute over medium heat till onion turn light brown in color.
  • Now add the vegetables and saute for 3 - 5 minutes. 
  • Add broken wheat to the sautéed vegetables. Season with salt, and spices. Stir to evenly combine the seasoning.
  • Pour water into the pressure cooker, stir once and close the pressure cooker with the lid. Put the pressure cooker weight on and after two whistles on medium heat turn off the gas stove.
  • Let the steam of pressure cooker release on its own. Once steam is released remove the lid to open the pressure cooker. Gently, fluff the upma with a fork. 
  • Drizzle lemon juice and freshly chopped coriander. Gently mix. 
  • Serve Dalia Upma warm for breakfast with mint chutney



  • Add any vegetables of your choice or use vegetables that are in season like cauliflower, mushrooms, French beans, potatoes etc.
  • You can use pre-roasted broken wheat as well. 
  • Do not add too much water to cook the upma, it might turn mushy. Add just enough water to immerse the ingredients in the pressure cooker. 


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1612IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg