Broken Wheat or Cracked Wheat is an excellent source of fibre and is definitely nutritious. It is especially good for those who are suffering from diabetes as it is a complex carbohydrate. Broken Wheat can be used for making Salads, Fried Rice, Pulav, Upma, Desserts, Porridge and so on. Broken Wheat is known as Dalia in North India. I bought a packet of Broken Wheat from an Indian Store here in US and the packet was also named as Fada. Later, I found that Fada meant Broken Wheat in Gujrathi. Wheat is known as Godhambu in Malayalam and Cracked Wheat is known as Godhambu Rava in Malayalam.
Here is the recipe for making a simple Payasam or Kheer with Cracked Wheat. This is an easy and healthy dessert. I have used Milk for making this pudding but you can also use Coconut Milk. Go ahead and enjoy this Dalia or Godambu Rava Paysam.
- Broken Wheat (Godhambu Rava) – 1 cup
- Milk – 2 cups
- Water – 3 or 4 cups
- Jaggery/Sharkara (powdered) – 1 cup approx (You can also use crushed Jaggery chunks)
- Powdered Cardamom (Elakka Podi) – 2 tsp
- Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Cashew halves – 2 tbsp
- Raisins – 2 tbsp
- Wash the broken wheat thoroughly for 4-5 times.
- Pressure cook broken wheat with at least 3 of water for 3 whistles on medium heat. Allow it to cool. The wheat should be thoroughly cooked and almost mashed.
- Meanwhile, heat 2 cups milk in a deep saucepan.
- Add powdered jaggery and cardamom to the milk. Keep on stirring continuously until the jaggery has melted. If using crushed jaggery chunks, it will take more time to melt.
- Bring it to a slow boil and then reduce heat. Check for sweetness and add more jaggery if required.
- Transfer the cooked wheat to the saucepan and mix nicely with the milk. Simmer for a few more minutes.
- Roast cashews and raisins in ghee and add it to the Payasam.
- Serve this delicious Payasam hot or cold.
- This Payasam thickens immediately after preparation. So you may need to add more milk or water to get the desired consistency.
- You can increase milk and decrease water used in this recipe for a better taste.
- You can substitute jaggery with sugar though jaggery imparts a unique flavor to the Paysam.