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Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya

5 from 9 votes
Total: 15 minutes
Serves 6

Start your day with a warm and fragrant bowl of Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya. This soothing bowl of porridge is made with only 7 ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is VEGAN too!!

It can be enjoyed as a breakfast or a dessert!

Daliya kheer in Instant Pot

Picture yourself swallowing down a wholesome and delicious porridge (meetha daliya) bowl that is flavored with ground cardamon and healthy nuts. 

Sounds yum. I find it immensely satisfying, and a bowl full of Instant Pot cracked wheat porridge – meetha daliya will keep you full for a very long time. 

Among all the warm and cozy meals like pancakes, savory cracked wheat pilaf, or a slice of quiche, porridge made with milk is everyone’s favorite.

Now, who would say no to a bowl of creamy, luscious daliya on a cold winter morning – it’s absolute comfort in a bowl! 

What is Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya?

Meetha Daliya or cracked wheat porridge is a sweet, creamy, healthy, and delicious Indian dessert made with broken, cracked wheat, milk, and sugar/jaggery.

Later, it is flavored with cardamom seeds, slivered almonds, pistachios, and saffron strands. It is very popular as breakfast in the Northern part of India. 

Daliya is made by milling whole wheat grain into smaller pieces. Its shape is similar to stone-cut-oatmeal and has all the advantages of wheat flour, and since it contains the outside bran and germ of the wheat, it offers some health benefits such as:

  • It is an excellent fiber source that aids proper digestion and prevents constipation.
  • Provides more B vitamins, iron, and antioxidants than refined grains.
  • It’s also considered a low-fat diet and has no saturated fat, trans fat, or cholesterol.

The health benefits of cracked wheat alone are the reason why this porridge makes it to my list of nutrition-rich breakfasts.

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH Bulgur wheat!

Bulgur wheat is pre-cooked wheat. Whole wheat grains are parboiled, toasted, dried, and later pressed to attain a smaller cut.

Its texture and flavor are pretty close to brown rice – earthy and nutty. 

Bulgur wheat is low in fat, high in minerals like magnesium and iron. Since it is pre-cooked, therefore, it requires minimal cooking. 

But cracked wheat is not pre-cooked; consequently, it needs a longer time to cook.

Meetha daliya ingredient list

Ingredients for Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya

» Cracked Wheat – I prefer to cook with smaller grain cracked wheat. You can find cracked wheat at your local Indian stores. They all carry cracked wheat under the name Daliya/Dalia. Please use small grain ones because the big grains will take longer to cook. 

» Almond Milk – My go-to choice for this is Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya is almond milk as it mildly sweet, nutritious, and high in vitamin D. Plus, it adds a nutty flavor to the recipe. 

» Sugar – I have used granulated sugar; however, you can use jaggery or the sweetener of your choice to sweeten meetha daliya. 

» Cardamom + saffron strands – These are our flavoring agents. Crushed cardamom and a pinch of saffron lend a warm flavor and make the porridge highly fragrant. For that authentic taste, do not skip these ingredients. 

» Mixed nuts – Slivered almonds and pistachios add a nice crunch and delivers a lot of nutrition and flavor to this dish. You can also add toasted yellow raisins, cashews, pecans, or walnuts. 

» Coconut Oil  –  I have used Organic Triple Filtered Coconut Oil- it’s odorless and yellow in color. Non-vegans can swap coconut oil for ghee.

Cracked Wheat Porridge garnished with nuts - Meetha Daliya - Ruchiskitchen

How to make Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya?

Today’s recipe daliya kheer/ meetha daliya is made possible in my favorite kitchen appliance – Instant Pot! Making sweet daliya in the Instant Pot is a breeze, and it cooks the cracked wheat beautifully in less time. It’s a dump-n-go kind of recipe.

Sauté daliya – Start the Instant Pot in sauté mode and add coconut oil to it. Once the coconut oil is melted, add cracked wheat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until it slightly changes its color. Pour in almond milk, crushed green cardamom, dry nuts, sugar, and give it a good stir. Almond milk provides a creamy texture and a nutty flavor.

PROTIP – Roast the daliya in coconut oil until it becomes slightly brown in color and turns aromatic.

Cook Meetha daliya – Close the Instant Pot lid and seal the pot. Cancel the sauté mode and press the Manual or pressure cook button, and cook the meetha daliya pot for 10 minutes on HIGH. 

NOTE – It will take somewhere about 10 minutes for the pressure to build then the actual cooking time will start.

Adjust consistency – Once the cooking time has elapsed, allow the pressure to release naturally. When the pin drops, carefully open the lid. Daliya will look soft and dry; no worries, add extra milk and adjust to your liking consistency. Give it a good stir, and a soft and creamy meetha daliya is ready.

Top it with your favorite nuts and enjoy a delicious treat!

Meetha daliya in pressure cooker

Recipe tips to make the best Instant Pot Cracked Meetha Daliya

» Roast daliya – Before you advance with the recipe, always roast daliya in coconut oil or ghee. A well-roasted daliya enhances the essence of this dish and results in a great-tasting and flavorful daliya. 

» Sweetener – Traditionally, meetha daliya is sweetened with sugar, but you can add jaggery for a healthier option. Jaggery will add a subtle caramelized flavor and amp up the health quotient of this recipe. Or you can swap sugar with brown sugar; it will also lend a nice flavor and color to the meetha daliya.

» Flavors – Besides the cardamom powder, you can add freshly grated nutmeg to the daliya kheer. Nutmeg will lend a sweet, warm spiciness to our dish.

» Cooked daliya – Dalya tends to absorb all the liquid in the dish and swell up. To correct that, feel free to add more milk to the recipe and adjust the consistency as per your liking. The consistency of meetha daliya is always on a thick- soupy side. If you added extra milk to the daliya, then you will have to adjust sugar as well.

» Milk – Milk provides this daliya a delicate, thick porridge-like consistency. Feel free to swap milk for half-n-half for a richer and creamier consistency. Non-vegans can use regular milk to make meetha daliya. 

» Dairy-free option – You can use any plant-based milk to make daliya. Some of the dairy-free options that I prefer are oats milk, cashew milk, or soy milk. However, if you like coconut flavor, then coconut milk is a great option too. It will add a nice coconut flavor, creamy texture, and thick milk-like consistency to our daliya.

» Ghee – Coconut oil in the recipe can be replaced with ghee. Ghee will lend a deliciously nutty aroma to our daliya kheer.

Can I cook Meetha daliya on the stovetop?

You most certainly can! To make daliya on the stovetop:

  • Follow the first 4 steps in a pressure cooker.
  • Add 2 cups of milk and pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  • Let the steam release naturally.
  • Adjust some extra milk, sugar, and enjoy!

How to store Meetha daliya?

Cooked and cooled cracked wheat porridge can be stored well for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

When ready to serve, spoon the porridge into a serving bowl. It will be pretty thick, don’t worry. Add 2-3 tablespoons of cold milk and heat the bowl in the microwave on high for about a minute. 

Mix it well to combine, then add milk to attain the desired consistency. Give it a good stir, and it will become creamy again. Top with your favorite nuts, and enjoy!

Can I freeze Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge?

Absolutely! Meetha daliya freezes beautifully for up to a month in your freezer in an airtight container. Transfer the meetha daliya to a freezer-safe container and store it.

When ready to serve, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, boil milk in a saucepan, add daliya to, and stir to combine. Top with your favorite nuts, and serve warm. 

Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge garnished with saffron strands

Let Me Know What You Think!

Should you make this Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya, please let me know your thoughts by sharing your comment below. 

And don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.

Cracked Wheat Porridge garnished with nuts - Meetha Daliya - Ruchiskitchen

Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge – Meetha Daliya

5 from 9 votes
Enjoy a deliciously sweet bowl of Instant Pot cracked Wheat porridge. This smooth and creamy porridge takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and is the perfect start to your day. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Calories: 179 kcal
Servings: 6

INGREDIENTS 

GARNISH

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start the Instant Pot in sauté mode and add coconut oil to it. Once the coconut oil is melted, add cracked wheat.
    Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge - Ruchiskitchen
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes. Roast the daliya in coconut oil until it becomes slightly brown in color and turns aromatic.
    Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge - Ruchiskitchen
  • Pour in almond milk, crushed green cardamom, dry nuts, and give it a good stir. Almond milk provides a creamy texture and a nutty flavor.
    Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge - Ruchiskitchen
  • Add sugar and mix again. Close the Instant Pot lid and seal the pot. Cancel the sauté mode and press the Manual or pressure cook button, and cook the meetha daliya pot for 10 minutes on HIGH. 
    Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge - Ruchiskitchen
  • Once the cooking time has elapsed, allow the pressure to release naturally.
    Seal the Instant Pot
  • When the pin drops, carefully open the lid. Daliya will look soft and dry; no worries, add extra milk and adjust to your liking consistency.
    Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge - Ruchiskitchen
  •  Give it a good stir, and a soft and creamy meetha daliya is ready.
    Instant Pot Cracked Wheat Porridge - Ruchiskitchen
  • Top it with your favorite nuts and enjoy a delicious treat.
    Daliya kheer in Instant Pot

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RECIPE NOTES

 
CAN I DOUBLE THIS RECIPE?
Of course, you can!
This recipe feeds a family of six, but you can easily double the recipe to make a big batch of porridge. Everything in the recipe remains the same, simply double the ingredients and follow the procedure.
A small tip – Store the porridge in individual containers, and it makes a perfect grab-n-go breakfast option.
 
HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE CRACKED WHEAT PORRIDGE IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
Cooked porridge can be stored well for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container. 
 
HOW TO REHEAT THIS PORRIDGE?
When ready to serve, spoon the porridge into a serving bowl. It will be pretty thick, don’t worry. Add a tablespoon of cold milk and heat the bowl in the microwave on high for about 1 minute. 
Mix it well to combine and then add milk to attain the desired consistency. Give it a good stir, and it will become creamy again.
Top with your favorite nuts and enjoy!
 
SUBSTITUTES!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can customize in whatever you feel like. Few tested and tried options are –
  • add chia seeds
  • sub cardamom with cinnamon. though cinnamon will add an earthy flavor.
  • feel free to use any milk – cashew milk, coconut milk, or regular milk.
  • for extra flavor add dried fruits like – cranberries, chopped dates, chopped pineapple, or mango to this porridge.
  • substitute sugar with coconut sugar if you like. The color of porridge will change. You can also use natural sweeteners like honey agave or maple syrup.
  • add color to this porridge by toppings it with fresh fruits like – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries.
 
STOVE TOP METHOD!
  • Follow the first 4 steps in a pressure cooker.
  • Add 2 cups of milk and pressure cook for 4 whistles. 
  • Let the steam release naturally.
  • Adjust milk, sugar and enjoy!
 

NUTRITION

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1mg
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian

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Comments

  1. Sonal says:

    Beautiful porridge. Will be making soon.

  2. Heather Saldanha says:

    5 stars
    Thanks. I’ve been wanting to use what I have and this is ideal. But does it have to be almond milk

  3. McKenzie says:

    Possible to sub steel cut oats for the cracked wheat? I have a daughter with celiac disease who obviously can’t have this butcwoujd love to try with oats..

    • Ruchi says:

      McKenzie, you can use Steel Cut Oats for this recipe.
      Cooking time will change.
      Recipe-
      1. Combine Steel oats with 3 cups of milk. Skip the coconut oil for steel oats. (rest all the ingredients remain the same)
      2. Pressure cook on HIGH for 4 minutes. After the Instant Pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally.
      3. Open the Instant Pot and adjust the milk consistency.

  4. Sheetal Thakkar says:

    Would not like to eat sweet in morning

  5. Jasvitha Godavarthi says:

    Can we store the porridge in refrigerator

  6. Riv says:

    Can we use condensed milk instead if sugar