Cracked Wheat Pilaf/Risotto (Indian)

Cracked wheat is widely popular in Indian as well as Mediterranean cooking. It is known as Bulgar wheat, and in Indian glossary it is widely popular as ‘fada’ or ‘lapsi’ or ‘dalia’.

So here is a quick and a healthy recipe for cracked wheat risotto which in Indian culture it is called ‘Fada Khichdi’ (where Khichdi means Pilaf or Risotto). The cooking method differs as Khichdi is generally pressure cooked or baked unlike risotto where arborio rice is cooked slowly by adding broth.

Here is the list of ingredients,


1 tsp of mustard seeds

1 tsp of asafoetida

1 tsp of cumin seeds

2 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

2 tablespoons of Kitchen King Masala (or any curry powder)

Diced Vegetables:

1 small tomato

1 small potato

1 medium size onion

6-7 Green curry leaves (Indian grocery store)

1 corn from cob (substitute with frozen corns)

2 tablespoons of green peas

1/2 medium size carrot

2 green chilies

Main Ingredients:

1 cup of cracked wheat

1/2 cup of golden grams (Moong daal in Indian grocery store)

1/2 cups of peanuts

4 cups of water (soaking)

1 tablespoon of oil or clarified butter (ghee)


Step 1: Rinse cracked wheat and golden grams in running water.

Step 2: Soak cracked wheat, golden grams, and peanuts in water for alteast 2 hours

Step 3:

Take a pressure cooker or a non stick pan

Add clarified butter (ghee) or oil, heat it up

Add mustard seeds and splutter them.

Add curry leaves.

Now add all spices and veggies. Saute them for 2-3 mins.

Add the soaked mixture with water.

Now add Salt to taste.

Choose your cooking method (1. Slow in a pan or 2. quick cooking in a pressure cooker)

Serve it hot with chilled plain yogurt, Indian spicy hot pickle and/or raw onion slices.

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