Shrimp and broken wheat (dalia) pulao


My lunch dilemma has now been amicably resolved. 😉 In the process I have also discovered this wonder food called broken wheat/dalia, which besides being full of healthy things is a wonderful substitute for rice. I try making variations of the popular dalia khichri mixing in different vegetables. Today however, I had a packet of shrimps that needed finishing off and I ended up making this pulao with shrimps.


Shrimp and broken wheat (dalia) pulao


2-3 persons

You Will Need:

  • Dalia/Broken-Wheat – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2-3 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Shrimps – 1 cup
  • Cumin/Jeera – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fennel/Saunf/মৌরী – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Green Cardamom/Elaichi – 2-3
  • Coconut slices, finely chopped – 1 teaspoon
  • Onion – 1, thinly sliced
  • Ginger – 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped
  • Green chilli – 1 or 2 as per taste
  • Turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon (only for the nice smell)
  • Salt – As per taste
  • Water – As per requirement (would vary depending upon pan and pressure cooker. For pressure cooker, make sure you have about 3/4 inch of water standing over the dalia)


  • Wash and soak the dalia in water for about 10 mins.
  • In a hot pressure cooker (or similar utensil) add the oil and the sugar. Next, add in the cumin, fennel, ginger, coconut and onion slices.
  • Allow the onion to turn slightly brown. Add in the shrimps, along with the turmeric and red chilli powder. Toss around until any water from the prawns has dried out and the prawns are nicely sauteed.
  • Add the dalia and toss it along with the rest of the things already frying in there.
  • Pour in appropriate amount of water, cardamoms, salt, green chilli(es) and let it cook till done.
  • Top with some ghee before serving.


  • If you would like to indulge, add in about 1 tablespoon of cream or coconut milk along with the water.

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