Broken or cracked wheat tomato Khichdi or Bath is a tasty and healthy one-pot wholesome Indian meal. This Broken wheat tomato khichdi is a fiber-rich and easy-to-digest meal. This recipe requires minimal ingredients like onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, Indian spices, and herbs. Broken wheat is also called daliya in Hindi, samba Rava, or goduma Rava in Tamil and Telugu. Daliya or broken wheat can also be used to prepare upma, tomato pulao/ bath, and other similar dishes. This healthy dish can be a perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it makes a hearty meal!
About broken/cracked wheat
Broken or cracked wheat is nothing but the coarse form of whole wheat grain. This grain is cracked or broken into fine kernels and hence it got the name cracked wheat. This wheat doesn't undergo any refining process due to which it is rich in dietary fiber, iron, and naturally, low in calories. It is also considered to be one of the good alternatives for rice especially when you are looking for weight loss management.
Broken wheat/ Dalia recipes are common throughout India and you could see it either in sweet or savory form. It also makes a healthy and refreshing meal when you are down with a fever, cough, or cold. It is light for the tummy which aids in good digestion. And it is an overall package of nutrition, minerals, and vitamins that require for our body for a healthy life.
Broken wheat tomato khichdi
Broken wheat/Dalia tomato khichdi is one of the simple and delicious meals. It is usually prepared with onion, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, Indian whole spices, and herbs like mint and coriander leaves. This broken wheat tomato khichdi/khichadi is really simple and the whole process of making the dish takes only under 20 minutes. Yes, it is that simple!
Daliya/broken wheat tomato khichdi is one of the healthy options when you are really looking for a light meal that has a flavor similar to the biryani. Even though it is not the same, this broken wheat recipe delivers a similar flavor, and aroma as the Plain Biryani/Kuska Biryani gives us. And it makes a perfect vegan-friendly meal. This cracked/broken wheat tomato khichdi is simple and easy to prepare in a pressure cooker, instant pot, and regular pan/pot.
Different broken wheat recipes
Daliya or broken wheat is one of the common staple food of India and people make a lot of different recipes using the same. Whether it is a sweet or savory dish you could find endless variations using broken wheat/daliya grain. Following are some of the variations of broken wheat dishes that can be prepared by altering ingredients.
Broken wheat upma
Broken wheat upma is a simple South Indian breakfast recipe similar to Rava Upma. This recipe has the same process and requires similar ingredients as the Rava upma. The seasoning ingredients like mustard seeds, Chana dal, ginger, curry leaves give a nice fresh and flavorful aroma to the dish. This broken wheat/gothumai Rava upma is one of the to-go dishes in the South Indian houses of Tamilnadu, Andhra, Kerala, and Karnataka.
Broken wheat/daliya tomato pulao
Daliya tomato pulao is similar to cracked wheat tomato khichdi. The ingredients remain the same but the only difference is the consistency. Usually, pulao is fluffy whereas the khichdi is mushy and looks porridge-like consistency.
To make a daliya tomato pulao, you could follow the same process mentioned in the recipe card below but just make sure to decrease the wheat Rava water ratio to 1:2 compared to the khichdi ratio of 1:3. It is also important to reduce the whistle count to 3 for daliya tomato pulao while for khichdi it is 4.
You could also use this cracked wheat along with your favorite vegetables to make it a One-Pot Vegetable Pulao. Adding veggies makes the dish more nutritious and healthy for our body especially for growing kids.
Broken wheat/cracked wheat tomato bath
Tomato bath/bhath is a Karnataka-style dish that is usually made with short-grain rice. You could recreate the same recipe by replacing the rice with broken wheat instead.
In a traditional tomato bath, the people of Karnataka use a special masala in which coconut, ginger, garlic, cloves, red chilies, coriander, fennel, and cumin seeds are blend into a fine paste. To make a broken wheat tomato bath, you have to saute the masala paste along with the chili powder mentioned in the recipe card below and the rest of the process remains the same.
You could follow the same water ratio if you would like to have your broken wheat tomato bath to be in a mushy consistency. And if you prefer the fluffier version of the broken wheat tomato bath, then have a 1:2 ratio and 3 whistles count.
How to make broken wheat tomato khichdi?
The recipe I have shared here is a basic daliya/broken wheat tomato khichdi/ khichadi in a pressure cooker method. This is one of my favorite recipes and my family loves it a lot each time I make it. And here in this part, let see how to make/prepare broken wheat tomato khichdi.
To make this khichdi, initially, in a pressure cooker with medium heat I poured oil and added the Indian whole spices and green chilies mentioned in the recipe card below. Then I allowed the spices to turn aromatic without burning them which helps the dish to be super flavorful and delicious.
After that, I added the onions and allowed to cook until it turns soft. Then I included ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt and gave a sauté until the raw aroma has left. Subsequently, I have added the chili powder and gave a good mix.
Afterward, I added the tomatoes and allowed them to turn mushy. Then I added the mint leaves and gave a quick sauté. After that, I added the broken wheat and gave a good mix. Then I poured the water, coriander leaves and gave a final mix.
Following that, I closed the lid of the pressure cooker and allowed it to cook for 4 whistles. Then I opened the lid and gave a gentle mix. Here I have used the pressure cooker for speeding up the cooking process of Dalia/broken wheat tomato khichdi. But you could also go with a pan or pot which might take a little longer time. Finally, I served this delicious healthy cracked wheat tomato khichdi with curd raita.
The key to getting a tasty and flavorful daliya tomato khichdi/khichadi is to sauté the whole Indian spices in a medium heat without burning them. I suggest you follow the same to enjoy a bowl of aromatic daliya tomato khichdi/pulao. Even though it is uncommon to add mint and coriander leaves, I love to add them in my broken wheat tomato pulao/khichdi which gives a fresh flavor similar to the biryani. I would recommend the same to enjoy its rich taste and I believe you will not regret it!
When it comes to washing daliya, I would suggest you wash it in a fine strainer and you could use it for cooking directly. Another option is to bulk wash it in a fine strainer and sundry it. By doing this, you could add it instantly whenever you make a dish out of Dalia.
This cracked wheat tomato khichdi is an easy and healthy one-pot meal that suits for weekday or weekend meal plan. And I hope you will try and enjoy this dish with your family and loved ones.
This delicious cracked wheat tomato khichdi prepared in a pressure cooker tastes great on its own but you could also serve it with curd raita and vegetable salad for a complete nutritious meal.
Looking for easy breakfast recipes to kick start your busy mornings? Then you could also check this collection of Indian Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes to enjoy with your family and loved ones.
Cracked wheat tomato khichdi recipe video instructions
I have also shared a video of the cracked wheat tomato khichdi and I believe it will help you to make a flavorful and tasty khichdi at home. You could also find the story format of Broken Wheat Khichdi Recipe for a quick reference.
- 1 cup Broken Wheat/Daliya
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 Star Anise
- 5 Cardamom
- 3 Cloves
- 4 Cinnamon Stick, small
- 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 3 Green Chili, slited
- 2 Onion, sliced
- 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1½ tsp Chili Powder
- Salt, as needed
- ¼ cup Mint Leaves
- 3 cup Water
- ¼ cup Coriander Leaves
- ¼ cup Oil
To prepare Broken/Cracked Wheat Tomato Khichdi
- In a pressure cooker with medium heat, pour oil and add bay leaves, star anise, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon sticks, fennel seeds, green chili, and saute until it turns aromatic
- Add onions and saute until it turns soft
- Now add the ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, salt, and saute until the raw aroma leaves. And then Add chili powder and give a nice mix
- Now add the tomatoes and saute until they turn mushy
- Add the mint leaves and give a quick saute
- Now add the broken wheat/daliya split and give a nice mix
- Add water, coriander leaves, and give a final stir
- Close the lid of the pressure/rice cooker with the regulator on and cook for 4 whistles. Switch off the heat and allow the pressure to release naturally
- Open the lid and fluff gently. Now the Broken wheat tomato khichdi is ready for you to taste and enjoy
- Serve the delicious Broken wheat/daliya tomato khichadi with curd raita or as it is
- The key to getting a perfect aroma-filled broken wheat tomato khichdi is to saute the whole Indian spices in medium heat. Burning them would give a bitter taste to the khichdi
- The recipe is made without vegetables but you could also use beans, carrots, green peas to make it extra nutritious
- I have used oil for making this broken wheat tomato khichdi but you can also add ghee for rich flavor and taste
- Even though I prepared the cracked wheat tomato khichdi in a pressure cooker, it can be easily made in an Instant pot too
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 335Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 471mgCarbohydrates 92gFiber 20gSugar 7gProtein 19g
Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Frequently asked questions
Cracked or broken wheat is nothing but the coarse form of whole wheat grain. The whole wheat grain is cracked or broken into fine kernels without undergoing any refining process. It is also called daliya, samba, or godhuma Rava in other Indian languages.
There are a lot of broken wheat recipes that one can recreate. To name a few, broken wheat upma, tomato bath, biryani, Pongal, payasam, khichadi, and the list goes on.
Yes, broken wheat is healthy for its rich fiber content, nutrients, and iron. It is also light which helps for easy digestion and makes a comforting meal.
The quick and easy way to cook the broken wheat is by pressure cooker method with 1:2 wheat Rava and water ratio. Similarly, we can also cook it in one pot method with 1:3 Rava water ratio in low medium heat and until broken wheat absorbs all the water.
Yes, this broken wheat tomato khichdi is a perfect vegan friendly dish.
I really hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.
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