Broken wheat upma | Dalia upma recipe

By Swasthi on August 11, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Broken wheat upma or dalia upma recipe with step by step pictures – healthy, delicious and nourishing breakfast. Dalia is made from a special kind of whole wheat and has high nutritional values including fiber that comes from the bran or husk of the wheat. It is also referred as cracked wheat or samba rava or broken wheat and is called as godhuma rava in Telugu.

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It is often used to make halwa, khichdi, upma, pulihora, puliyogare and other dishes. The most common preparation in North India is to prepare dalia with just vegetables to a semi solid consistency.

In some states it is also used to make dalia khichdi with moong dal and veggies. This recipe is just another variation of south Indian upma but made using broken wheat or dalia. You can also make this to a porridge like consistency.

Broken wheat upma can be prepared in a pan,handi, kadai or pressure cooker. It turns out soft and delicious even in pressure cooker.

Broken wheat upma is healthier than the semolina or Rava upma or rice rava upma. I have used only carrots, potatoes and peas. Veggies like beans, spring onions, capsicum & cashews too can be used. Just try out with your favorite veggies. I like to use a fat pinch of turmeric to give a good color to the upma.

More upma recipes, check
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Oats upma
Idli upma
Semiya upma

Broken wheat upma or dalia upma

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Broken wheat upma

Dalia upma or broken wheat upma is a south Indian breakfast food made with broken wheat, mix veggies and other basic tempering ingredients. It can be served with podi, chutney or pickle.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings2 people

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 cups broken wheat or dalia
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 small onion chopped or sliced
  • ¼ cup green peas
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1 potato peeled and cubed small
  • 2 green chillies slit (adjust as per the taste)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Pinch asafoetida or hing
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric or haldi (optional)
  • ½ tsp mustard or rai
  • ½ tsp jeera or cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil


  • Dry roast rava on a medium heat till you get a nice aroma. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai. Add mustard, jeera, and curry leaves.
  • Allow them to splutter. Then add hing , onions, potatoes, carrots, peas and fry for 3 to 4 mins.
  • Pour water. Then add turmeric & salt. Taste the water and add more salt if needed.
  • Bring the water to a rapid boil.  Regulate the flame to medium.
  • Add broken wheat in a slow stream stirring with one of your hands. Stir well and close the lid.
  • Cook till the veggies are cooked fully or pressure cook for 1 to 2 whistles on a low flame. If you are not making it in a pressure cooker, then just cook it till it is fully done and the water is absorbed.
  • Once the pressure is down, mix well broken wheat upma and serve with your favorite side. A chutney or pickle or sambar or pappu podi goes well.


If you prefer to make dalia recipe without vegetables, you can use peanuts, 1 tsp. each of channa dal and urad dal and add at step 2. Fry till golden. Continue with step 3
i have not used tomato if you wish, you can add chopped tomato before step 3 and fry till the tomatoes turn fully mushy.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Broken wheat upma
Amount Per Serving
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 690mg20%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 47.4mg57%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Broken wheat upma or dalia upma – step by step photos

1. Dry roast dalia till you begin to get a good aroma. Set this aside to cool. Add oil to a pan or pressure cooker and heat up. Add mustard, jeera and curry leaves.

2. When they begin to crackle add hing, and vegetables of your choice like onions, potatoes, carrots, peas and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes.

seasoning with mustard cumin for broken wheat upma recipe

3. Pour water, add turmeric salt, bring the water to boil.

4. Add dalia or broken wheat slowly stirring with one of your hands. Stir well to break any lumps. Cover and cook, if using pressure cooker close the lid.

bring water to a boil for broken wheat upma recipe

5. Let it cook till dalia is soft cooked, you can add more hot water as needed if you want a porridge like consistency. Keep the pan covered for about 5 to 10 minutes. If using a pressure cooker, let it whistle once or twice on a low flame. When the pressure goes down, mix well and serve broken wheat upma. Trying to show that it doesn’t get burnt at the bottom.

pressure cooking daliya to make broken wheat upma recipe
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Does store bought daliya need to be rinsed first before cooking?

5 stars
Awesome recipe. It was yummy. Thank you very much Swasthi.

Hi Swasthi!
I’d love to try this recipe. One question – Did you use fine or coarse broken wheat? Thank you!

5 stars
The recipe is yummy.
My dalia upma turned to be mushy & not grainy, pls let me know where I went wrong.
Also tell me why my dalia upma didn’t turn to be as white as shown in your video.
Kindly reply

I was talking about broken wheat upma which was sticky & mushy, I failed in making this recipe plus it wasn’t white as your’s.
Otherwise, all recipes that I learn from you are really awesome.

Made this last night and came out so good! A much healthier substitute for rice with loads of veggies.

I just have oone question, the nutritional values you have posted, is it per serving?

Hi. I can only find something called Fada in my local store. Is that the same as daliya, and can I use it for this recipe?

240mlcup means how much shud i take…

5 stars
Hi, Can we prepare broken wheat / wheat rawa at home using whole wheat grains & if so how?

This is a nice post for preparing sooji Upma. However, Daliya is made from broken wheat and Upma is made from sooji and method of preparation are also different.

5 stars

perfect healthy and tasty upma!

simple and healthy breakfast / dinner

Thanks much.. this is first time I have ever tried this dish and its really nice

Thanks for your lovely comment!