Winter is just beginning & I keep thinking of those healthy meal options that should be great for my toddler. This dish is very much done with the purpose. Most Indians use cracked wheat making breakfast porridge with milk and sugar OR opt for making upma or khichdi with some veggies. I am not sure how often people use chicken to make it a great one pot meal.
Before I jump to the recipe please note I have kept the consistency thick yet soupy and mildly spiced so that the little one does not difficulties gulping it down (he has all his teeth but uses them only for chocolates :-)). I have used very small pieces of boneless chicken. You can choose to keep the chicken chunky, adjust the spice to your taste, and consistency to your liking. But I can assure you this amount of spice and consistency is just great!!!
Cracked Wheat (Daliya) – 1/2 cup
Mixed Veggies (Carrot, Beans, Broccoli) – 1 CUP
Boneless Chicken cubes – 1/2 cup
Cumin – 1 tsp.
Asafoetida – 1/4th tsp.
Onion (Finely chopped) – 1 medium
Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tbsp.
Tomato (puree) – 1/4th cup
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp.
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tbsp.
Salt – to taste
Water – 2 and 1/2 cups
Heat the pressure cooker with 1/2 tbsp. ghee / oil. Add the cracked wheat & dry roast for few minutes till it starts releasing its aroma. Remove the cracked wheat in another bowl & keep aside.
Heat remaining ghee in the pressure cooker. Add Cumin, As it splutters add onion. stir it till translucent & then add asafoetida & ginger-garlic paste. Sauté till ginger-garlic releases its aroma.
Now add the chicken pieces & stir for a few minutes on medium to high flame. Stir in the tomatoes. As the tomatoes turn soft add the dry spices & salt. sauté for few seconds & add in the veggies. Give it a stir for few minutes till the veggies are coated with the spices.
Add the roasted cracked wheat & give it a mix. Now add warm water, give it a mix & put the pressure cooker lid. Let it pressure cook to 5 whistles. Take it off the flame. Once the pressure is released on its own open the lid & check. If you find it too soupy put it back on high flame (without the lid) & wait till you get desired consistency.
Check the seasoning & serve hot.
What’s your favourite cracked wheat preparation?? Don’t forget to leave a comment!!