CRACKED WHEAT MINT AND CILANTRO PULAV




CRACKED WHEAT MINT AND CILANTRO PULAV
This recipe is for my dad who is a diabetic. My mom is new with cooking with cracked wheat, so I am trying to give her new recipes for cracked wheat. The method used here is the same one as the mint pulav with rice except that I have substituted the rice with cracked wheat. The cracked wheat I have used here are the big-sized ones, which resembles more or less like rice when cooked. I have not tried this with samba rava or the regular cracked wheat. I should give it a try.

INGREDIENTS:
Cracked wheat or bulgur wheat, 1 cup.
Red onions, medium-sized, 2.
Green peas, ½ cup.
Mint, 1 bunch.
Cilantro, 1 bunch.
Fennel seeds, ½ teaspoon.
Cloves, 1.
Cinnamon stick, small, 1.
Cardamom, 1 pod.
Bay leaf, 1.
Ginger-garlic paste.
Green chilies, small, 2.
Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Dice the onions finely and keep aside. Wash the mint and cilantro well and remove them from the stems. Put the leaves in a blender along with the green chilies and blend it into a smooth paste. Heat a pan with 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil turns hot, add the fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pod and fry everything for a few seconds until good smell emanates from the spices. Then add the chopped onions along with the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes until the onions turn tender. Add the mint and cilantro puree, cracked wheat along with 2 cups of water, and salt as per taste and mix everything well. Cook under medium flame until the cracked wheat is cooked and the dish turns dry. Garnish with fried cashews and serve hot with raita or pickle.

29 comments:

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Sounds very healthy and I liked the combo of Cilantro and mint with cracked wheat... Nice color too...

Asha said...

Wonderful looking dish, cilantro gives it a great color! :)

Trupti said...

looks delicious and healthy too

Pooja said...

Nice green color..Healthy post gita..looking yummy..

Laavanya said...

I have a dr. friend who regularly consumes cracked wheat as a substitute for rice... like even with sambar, rasam etc.

This is a lovely way to make it like pulao.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Sounds very nutritious dear. Eager to try this pulav for dinner. nice color.

Priya said...

Superb dish with awesome flavours, healthy post Gita:)

Astra Libris said...

Such a gorgeous, healthful dish - perfect for spring, with all the bright flavors! Your Dad is very lucky to have you creating such beautiful dishes for him! :-)

Cham said...

Cilantro will definetly make eat the cracked wheat! Looks gorgeous and aromatic!

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a really healthy dish....sounds yumm.

Shama Nagarajan said...

a healthy pulav dear..delicious..happy new year

AnuSriram said...

Delicious pulao! Interesting recipe...

Varsha Vipins said...

healthy Pulav n I liked the flavor Gita..:)

Suma Rajesh said...

looks very yummy..

Purva Desai said...

I usually make khichdi out of cracked wheat....this pulav sounds healthy and tempting...

Uma said...

looks so yummy Gita! Nice color too!

ARUNA said...

sounds very healthy Gita....gorgeous green!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice idea gita.. pulav looks yummy.

Ammu said...

Very interesting & new. Sounds healthy.

Pooja said...

Gita you have an award waiting at my blog..

Yasmeen said...

Green wheat pulov,certainly very suitable for diabetics,must try:)

Prathibha said...

Lovely dish..I just prepare upma with cracked wheat..din't think that we can experiment so much with this..

Sia said...

very innovative recipe, Gita. love it!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow green is always healthy...looks yum.

Raaga said...

I usually replace cracked wheat for rice in most pulaos... and the result is great.

You could share this recipe with your mother too.

http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/06/fada-ni-khichdi.html

Raaga said...

Also, I made cooked cracked wheat to go with ambar, rasam, dal etc. :)

Chitra said...

yummy, healthy dish with cilantro;)

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Miri said...

This is very interesting!

Have you tried cracked wheat khichdi - your mum may like it. Roast 1 cup cracked wheat and 1 tbsp of moong dal lightly. Saute 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped tomato along with cumin powder and chilli powder, add 1/2 cup mixed chopped veggies (potatoes,peas,carrots,beans) and saute 1 minute. Then add the cracked wheat and moong dal, salt and 4-5 cups water. Pressure cook the whole thing for 3 whistles and 2 minutes on low. Serve hot with coriander leaves garnish.