Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cracked wheat-Rajma pulao

Cracked wheat is a good source of nutrients, fiber and whole grain. I have made upma with this several times, like most of you may have as well. This is a good low carb meal and is recommended for Diabetics. In an attempt to try something new with this, I tried here to combine it with the goodness of protein rich Rajma (kidney beans). The result is this delicious meal perfect for a one pot dinner. Unlike for upma, here I used a different set of spices , garlic and ginger which would rather place it into category of a pulao. With the nutty wheat and proteinaceous rajma, this wholesome and  nutritious  dish tastes simply delicious with a quickly prepared fresh scallion raita.

What you will need for this:
2 Cups cracked wheat (Godhuma rava)
1 cup rajma (canned, or if fresh then soak in water and precook until soft)
1 tomato thinly sliced
2 green chillies chopped
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp of oil
chopped cilantro for garnish

Masala-  dry roast all the  ingredients below and grind them to a fine powder
1 tsp dhania
1 tsp cumin
2-4 cloves
1 tsp chana daal 
1/2 tsp cardomom

In a large pan heat oil, add the ginger garlic pastes, and the powdered masala. Stir in the chopped green chillies and tomatoes, bay leaf, and washed and drained rajma. Saute for a few mins now add about 4 cups of water and cook until it starts to boil. Add the cracked wheat and cook on medium flame stirring occasionally until the wheat is cooked well. Adjust the salt and take off the flame. Garnish with chopped cilantro and the pulao is ready to serve.

Scallion raita: Mix 1/2 cup of chopped scallions, a tbsp of chopped cilantro and a pinch of salt with a cup of home made yoghurt. Serve as accompaniment with the hot pulao.  

I am sending this post to  Jihva for ingredients -Rajma event hosted by Divya, and JFI- initiated by Indira from Mahanandi


  1. hmm........this is healthy nd yummy

  2. looks so rich and yum!! Nice idea to make pulao with cracked wheat..

  3. Healthy dish and also delicious

  4. Very healthy dish and yum! Pass me the plate :)

  5. Oh that cracked wheat looks great!

  6. Healthy and awesome pulao never tried with this combination...will give a try...

  7. A different one in Rice using rajma..Nice idea and looks also delicious and healthy....

  8. New to me ! Nice experimentation :)

  9. Healthy, delicious and prefect pulao with cracked wheat..will try out soon..

  10. So nutritious!! This one Upma, whenever I see Mom making it, I run out of the back door! ;) But addition of ginger-garlic makes it quite appealing.. Nice dish Raje. And perfect entry for JFI Rajma!!

  11. A perfect healthy dish.. Nice ocombo..

  12. Thank you all!
    Rohini- my husband also doesnt like when I make the upma with this, but he did enjoy this one....

  13. This looks good - I love the rich flavor of kidney beans, and I bet they matched so nicely with the cracked wheat.

  14. I lov rajma nd cracked wheat,sounds like a nice combo,i used to eat wheat upma with Channa curry,will giv it a try..

  15. I am not big on Rajma ,I can eat any other legumes with out a problem..this dish looks good and I must try:)May be substitute Rajma..Can I do that or will the flavor/character be lost??

  16. Oh yes I am sure it will taste great with other beans or legumes and even vegetables as carrots or peas, I have made using peas earlier and was great as well Shri.

  17. Very healthy and delicious!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur lovely comments:)

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog and ur sweet comments.
    Very healthy Pulao..Nice recipe.

  19. I've never tried this before - you made it look yummy though! Thanks for teaching me about something new!

  20. Hi, Sireesha, Mye, Sree and Nicole Thanks for visiting and your nice comments. keep visiting.

  21. I really should cook more rajma ... I love it, so don't know why I've been ignoring it for months. Thks for reminding me to get more adventurous with it!

  22. Great recipe, would make a nice alternative to biryani :D Thanks for sharing and for following my blog!


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