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Dalia Kheer, A Sweet Cracked Wheat Dessert Recipe

Dalia kheer is a sweet and healthy dessert made of cracked wheat. One of the many ways that you can cook Dalia for babies, toddlers and kids.
Author: Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 4-5 tbsp dalia (broken wheat)
  • 2 cups whole milk (see note below)
  • 1/4th tsp th tsp cardamom powder
  • jaggery to taste
  • cashew nuts (see note below)
  • 2 tbsp homemade ghee (clarified butter)

Instructions

  • Heat a cooker, and add one and a half tbsp ghee.
  • Add dalia and keep stirring till dalia starts changing color. (I always use organic dalia because we don’t wash dalia before cooking. So it’s important to ensure that it is pesticide free.)
  • Add one cup water just when it starts to turn light brown, and then close the cooker with its lid.
  • Cook dalia on low flame for about 10 minutes. (I use a small cooker which whistles approximately 5-6 times in that duration. You have to ensure that dalia is properly cooked in the cooker at this stage.)
  • Meanwhile, boil some water in a vessel and melt jaggery in it. (Don’t make this syrup too watery.)
  • After dalia is cooked, open the lid of the cooker and add milk.
  • Keep stirring till the kheer thickens to the desired consistency (this should take around 10 minutes).
  • Add cardamom powder, mix it properly, and then turn off heat.
  • Add jaggery syrup and mix it properly with the kheer.
  • In another pan, roast the cashew nuts in some ghee till they turn light brown.
  • Garnish the kheer with cashew nuts and serve it while it’s warm. (If your child's too small to eat the cashew nuts, you can add powdered cashew nuts to the kheer at the time of adding cardamom powder.)

Notes

If your making this kheer for babies less than one, please consult your pediatrician about including dry fruits in your baby's diet. Some babies can be allergic to them. Also, don't use whole milk. Instead cook the entire kheer in water, and then if you want add breast milk or formula to the cooked kheer.