Spinach and Broccoli Cracked Wheat(broken wheat/Daliya) pilaf

Anyone following my blog knows by now how much I love broccoli! If you are new, just look around and you will find several broccoli recipes, ranging from sides to salads on my blog 🙂 If you don’t like broccoli, don’t worry – you can adapt almost all those recipes with other vegetables!
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In this recipe, I have used a combination of broccoli and spinach to give this pilaf a really nice green color. (You can use just the spinach or even just the broccoli) Instead of opting for brown rice or quinoa, I chose cracked wheat. I just wanted to share this to show that different grains can be interchanged depending on availability and what you like! With all the added veggies, you already have a pretty healthy recipe here 🙂 The whole grains pack in some more nutrition!
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Ingredients

  1. 150 grams spinach
  2. 150 grams broccoli
  3. 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) – divided
  4. 1/2 jalapeño
  5. Handful of cilantro
  6. 1/3 cup green peas
  7. 2/3 cup broken/cracked wheat
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1/2 tsp oil
  10. 1/4 tsp red chili powder (optional – for extra heat)
Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 25 min
Servings: 2-3    

Method

  1. Wash the cracked wheat thoroughly in cold water and keep aside.
  2. Wash spinach and broccoli and chop them roughly.  Add these to a blender. Add in 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, jalapeño and cilantro too. Grind with as little water as possible to make a smooth paste.
  3. Take a deep saucepan. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in it. Then add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and let them brown a little.  Then add the broccoli and spinach paste to the pan. Add in the cracked wheat also to the pan. Add one cup of water to this and salt to taste and give everything a good mix. You can also use a little chili powder to add some more spice.
  4. Let the wheat cook well. Close the lid but keep checking in between. Depending on the consistency of the paste you added, you might need to add some more water.
  5. After about 10 minutes, when the wheat has become slightly soft, add the green peas. Wheat should get fully cooked in about 15-20 minutes. Once cooked, you will see that the grains puff up and are soft. Check to see if the salt and spice are good.  Turn off the heat once the wheat is cooked. Optionally you can add in some lime juice at this stage. Serve hot with yogurt or any side of your choice.

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