Thursday, July 7, 2011

Broken Wheat Pulav

I was recently watching a TV food show wherein, middle-eastern cuisine using “Bulgar Wheat” was being showcased. She used “Bulgar Wheat” and other spices familiar to their country.  I followed the same procedure using instead broken wheat and other ingredients used in our daily Indain cooking. Bulgar wheat is similar to our broken wheat or cracked wheat as it is also called. However pricewise, broken wheat is easier on the pocket !   This is a very tasty, healthy dish and easy to prepare too.

This is a meal by itself and good substitute for rice especially for people with diabetes. This dish is also similar to Broken Wheat Khichadi

Broken wheat Pulav
 Broken wheat pulav garnished with tomato and coriander leaves

Broken wheat pulav 2
Stir Frying mixed vegetables and broken wheat with onion and tomato mix

Broken wheat pulav 3
Pulav ready for garnishing


Broken Wheat
1 cup
Onion (chopped)
1 medium
2 large
Chopped mixed vegetables
1 cup
Green chilies (slit)
2 cups
Oil /Ghee
About 3 tsps
As per taste
For Garnishing:

Corriander leaves (chopped)
1 tbsp
Lemon juice
2 tsps


Broken Wheat
  1. Wash the broken wheat and then soak it in water for an hour. Then drain and keep it aside.
  2. Chop 1 ½ tomatoes and slice the remaining tomato for garnishing. This is optional.
  3. Heat a pan or kadai on a medium flame.  In it add the chopped onions. When the onions become translucent, add slit green chilies and the chopped tomatoes. Stir it and cover it for a while (on a low flame) until the tomatoes have turned soft.
  4. Now to this add the drained broken wheat and the chopped mixed vegetables. Mix well. Fry it for few minutes. Than add 2 cups of water and salt. At this point increase the flame and cover it with a lid. Once the water starts to boil lower the flame and let it cook (with the lid covered) for about 20 mins.
  5. Check to see that the broken wheat is cooked. Once it is cooked, remove from flame.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves, lemon juice and tomato slices. Serve Hot.
Serves : 2

    • This is a very plain basic pulav.  Any raita is a good accompaniment to this dish.
    • For mixed vegetables, I used cauliflower, potato, carrot, capsicum, and frozen green peas and corn. You can use any vegetables of your choice.
    • Variations can be made by adding different masalas – you can add ginger-garlic paste and whole garam masala (cinnamon, cloves, tejpatta, and cardamom). Or you can use the garam masala powder.
    • Another variation is by using sambhar powder.