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Mix Vegetable Daliya / Dalia khichdi - Bulgur Pilaf is a savory, easy recipe to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! These healthy grains are so delicious, you will forget you are eating a healthy meal. Loaded with nutrients like protein, fiber, and vitamins, this is truly an Indian super food that you’ll love feeding to your family.


Daliya - Bulgar pilaf

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What is Dalia or Daliya?

Dalia or daliya are two different spellings of the same thing. Daliya translates to broken wheat. Throughout India, people eat dalia as a high fiber and protein breakfast option that helps you feel fuller for longer.

Dalia is very versatile. You can use it to make our deliciously sweet Lapsi or as a replacement for rice in several savory dishes. 

Daliya - Bulgar pilaf

Why you will love daliya khichidi

Here are some reasons you will love this recipe:

  • it’s super easy and takes less than 20 minutes to make
  • a healthy alternative to using white rice
  • broken wheat is nutrient rich, full of protein, and a great source of fiber
  • very filling meal
  • perfect meal for a cold evening
  • it’s a one pot meal

What you’ll need to make it

When you’re ready to try this great recipe, here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Oil - You can use canola oil, olive oil, or another light oil.
  • Bulgur Wheat / Daliya - You should be able to find this at your local Indian grocery store, some grocery stores, or online if needed.
  • Green beans - I recommend fresh but you can use frozen if you prefer.
  • Red bell pepper - I like red best for this, but a green, yellow, or orange pepper will also work if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Carrots - I like to use whole carrots that I peel and dice but frozen carrots or even carrots mixed with peas could work for the recipe.
  • Green peas - If you can’t get fresh, you can use frozen for this.
  • Onion - I tend to use white or yellow onions for this.
  • Water
  • Spices - You’ll need cumin seeds, salt to taste, red chili powder, garam masala,  and turmeric powder.
  • Garnish - For topping the daliya, you’ll need chopped cilantro and the juice of half a lime or lemon.

How to make daliya khichdi

Here’s what you need to do in order to make this savory meal.

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf step by step recipe

  • First, wash and drain your daliya or bulgar wheat to remove any debris from the grains.
  • Next, press the sauté button and when it reads “HOT,” add the oil and cumin seeds. Before adding the onions, let the spices crackle and then sauté the onions for 1 minute.
  • Once the onions are starting to get fragrant, add all the chopped vegetables, daliya or bulgur wheat, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, and water. Stir it together well.
  • Before placing the lid on the Instant Pot, turn off the sauté mode. Next, select pressure cook and set the pressure to high and the time to 6 minutes.

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf step by step recipe

  • Once the timer goes off, do a quick release of the pressure. Carefully open the lid and fluff the grains gently with a fork.
  • Finally, spoon servings into bowls and top with chopped cilantro and lemon juice. You can serve it with Cucumber Raita, homemade yogurt, Papadums, pickles, or Dal Tadka.

Pro tips and tricks

Here are some pro tips and tricks for you to try when making daliya khichdi:

  • You can add additional vegetables, like diced potatoes or tomatoes if you like. They can add a bit of flavor and texture.
  • Don’t allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release. It can overcook the broken wheat and turn it to mush.
  • Fresh ingredients tend to taste best, but you can substitute some of the veggies with frozen veggies if you like.

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf recipe

What do I serve with Daliya Khichdi

Daliya khichdi is a super versatile dish because you could serve it for breakfast, brunch, as a snack, lunch, or dinner. You can even make sweet versions of broken wheat to eat as a healthier dessert option.

Since it is so filling, you do not need to prepare a lot of extra sides. This is really a complete meal that includes plenty of veggies. But, homemade yogurtDal Tadka, Poppadum, or pickles are all great options to serve with this recipe on the side for added flavors and nutrients.

What is Daliya made of

Daliya translates to broken wheat. It actually uses parboiled groats of several different kinds of wheat and often sees durum wheat. These cracked groats are full of fiber and protein so they are very filling. 

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf recipe

Can I make Daliya sweet?

Yes you can! 

You can easily make daliya into a bit of porridge using sweeteners and mixing in fruits. Our Lapsi recipe has a great explanation of making a sweetened version of daliya.

Like this recipe, you can use your Instant Pot to create the sweet in only a few minutes. You’ll need:

  • daliya
  • ghee or oil
  • sweetener 
  • cloves and cardamom
  • raisins and almonds
  • water

To start, you need to toast the daliya in the ghee or oil along with the spices. Once it’s toasted, you add the water and pressure cook for 10 minutes followed by a natural release of the pressure.

The extra cook times make for a softer final product, perfect for porridge consistency! You can get the full Lapsi recipe here

What type of daliya should I buy

You can buy whatever brand of dalia you can find at your local store. In some stores, you may be able to find it in bulk while others may sell it in a bag. If you can’t find it at your local store, you can try to order it online.

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf recipe

Is Daliya good for weight loss?

Dailya is an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein. The combination makes it quite filling, which means you can eat a smaller portion.

It is also packed with other vitamins and minerals both from the grain and the veggies you add to the dish. Many people in India consider it a superfood because it is packed full of necessary nutrients.

And daliya is a great substitute for rice in many dishes for those looking to reduce their intake of simple carbs. 

For another healthy recipe, check out our Khichdi Recipe or our Quinao Pilaf. Both are healthy and filling recipes that are easy to make.

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf recipe

How to store

You can easily store this daliya  / dalia in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 to 5 days. If you want to reheat it, you can microwave a small portion or gently heat on low heat in a small pot, mixing until warmed through.

You can also freeze leftovers in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months. Before reheating, you should defrost in the fridge overnight. 

Daliya - Bulgur pilaf recipe

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Daliya - Bulgur pilaf recipe

Daliya - Bulgur Pilaf

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Mix Vegetable Daliya / Dalia khichdi - Bulgur Pilaf is a savory, easy recipe to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! These healthy grains are so delicious, you will forget you are eating a healthy meal. Loaded with nutrients like protein, fiber, and vitamins, this is truly an Indian super food that you’ll love feeding to your family.


  • oil -1 Tbsp
  • Bulgur Wheat / Daliya / Ghav Na Fada -1 cup
  • Green beans / chopped -1/2 cup
  • Red Bell pepper / diced - 1/2 cup
  • carrots/ diced - 1/2 cup
  • Green Peas -1/2 cup
  • Onion, finely Chopped - 1/2 medium
  • Water- 2 cup


  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chili powder -1 tsp
  • Garam masala -1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp


  • Cilantro, Chopped - 1 tablespoon
  • lime or lemon juice -1/2


  1. Wash the Daliya / Bulgar wheat and drain the water. 
  2. Press Sauté Button, When HOT add the oil, cumin seeds.
    Let it crackle add chopped onions. Sauté for 1 minute.  
  3. Add all the chopped vegetables, daliya/Bulgur
    wheat, salt, chili powder, turmeric powder, and water. Stir well.
  4. Turn off the sauté mode, close the lid, Pressure cook
    High for 6 minutes.
  5. When done, do a quick release (QR) of the pressure.    
    Open and fluff it gently with fork.
  6. Add chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
  7. Serve it with Cucumber Raita, Papadums and Pickle
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 120Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 187mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 4g

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Saturday 10th of April 2021

I made this for dinner last night and it was so yummy! I couldn't believe how filling it was. I will definitely be making this for my meal prep coming up!

Soniya Saluja

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing your experience with us. Hope you try other recipes from our blog xoxo


Friday 12th of February 2021

This looks so delicious and tasty! My hubby and I are going to love this recipe! So excited!

Andrea Metlika

Friday 12th of February 2021

What a delicious way to get protein, fiber, and vitamins in your diet. Can't wait to make this for my family.

Claudia Lamascolo

Friday 12th of February 2021

Oh we love rice as a side dish and this is perfect with any meal!


Friday 12th of February 2021

Love this veggie packed recipe. Looks so delicious. I'm saving this to make for my family. I bet they gonna love it.

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