Monday, March 31, 2014

Cracked Wheat Sambar Sadam-Broken Wheat-Samba Godhumai Rava Sambar Sadam-Low Fat Recipes

Broken wheat is known as "samba godhumai ravai" in Tamil and "dalia" in Hindi. It is rich in fiber and iron and is low in fat. It is very nutritious and also easy to digest.  Being a health conscious person, I love substituting white rice with other grains and this is one of my comfort food. We all love it so much that it has become a regular feature in my home. This sambar sadam prepared with broken wheat and mixed vegetables is not only healthy but also quite filling. It is a perfect weight loss food as it has it has no cholesterol or saturated fat. Today let us learn how to prepare cracked wheat sambar sadam following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Cracked wheat sambar sadam
Cracked Wheat Sambar Sadam with Beetroot Pachadi 

Cracked Wheat Sambar Sadam

Cracked Wheat Sambar Sadam

  Prep Time : 15 minsCook Time : 30 Mins   Serves : 1

   Ingredients needed

   Samba Wheat Rava-1/2 cup
   Tur dal -1/4 cup
   Pearl onion -5-6
   Mixed Vegetables -1/2 cup (mix of carrot, beans, potato)
   Sambar powder -2 tsp
   Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
   Salt needed- approximately 1 tsp flat
   Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball or 1/2 tsp tamarind paste

   For the seasoning

   Oil -2 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds -1/4 tsp
   Hing/Asafoetida - a pinch
   Green Chilli- 1 slit
   Curry Leaves- few

   For Garnishing

  Coriander leaves- finely chopped-2 tbsp
   Ghee/clarified butter-1 tsp


Wash cracked wheat, drain the water and keep it aside. 

Soak tur dal in hot water (just enough water to cover the dal) for 20 minutes.

Soak tamarind in hot water and extract 1/2 cup of tamarind juice. Discard the pulp. If using tamarind paste, dilute 1/2 tsp of paste in 1/2 cup of water and keep it ready.

Chop all the vegetables into slightly bigger and chop pearl onions into half. If you keep everything ready before starting to cook, half the work is done.

Cracked wheat recipe


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add jeera/cumin seeds. When jeera sizzles, add fenugreek seeds, hing, slit green chilli, pearl onions and curry leaves.

sauteing onions

Saute until onions turn transparent. Then add all the vegetables (you can also add peas, cauliflower, capsicum etc), sambar powder, turmeric powder, salt needed (approximately 1 tsp flat for 1/2 cup cracked wheat) and mix well.

Then add 1/2 cup of tamarind water and boil for 5-6 minutes on medium flame or until the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.

preparing godhumai ravai sambar sadam

Then add the washed cracked/broken wheat, soaked dal and 2 cups of water. Taste the water to check for salt. If the water is slightly salty, it will be perfect once the cracked wheat is cooked.

Broken wheat with vegetables

Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, add a tsp of ghee (optional) and mix well.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve piping hot with any pachadi or raita of your choice. I made beetroot pachadi and it tasted great with cracked wheat sambar sadam.

Note - The consistency of sambar sadam should be semi solid.

broken wheat sambar sadam

Updated - Some write to me saying that the cracked wheat does not get cooked properly. In that case, you can dry roast the cracked wheat until hot to touch (do not brown it). Then use it. Follow the recipe as mentioned above.

More Daliya/Broken wheat/Cracked Wheat/Godhumai Rava Recipes 

Godhumai Rava Upma 

Cracked Wheat Khichdi 

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  1. Healthy sambar sadam, looks very delicious.

  2. Healthy and yummy recipe...looks mouth watering..

  3. yummy sambar sadam. healthy dish..

  4. Sambar looks and healthy so tasty and mouthwatering. Excellent prepartion Padhu.

  5. Drooling, will try it for sure over the weekend. Fast to cook, good to eat and healthy at the same time

  6. Wat a filling and very healthy dish, can have it anytime anyday.

  7. I prepared this recipe last night for dinner, it was awesome. Never felt like am eating wheat rava sambar saadam, it was tasting delicious as rice sambar saadam recipe.

  8. This is a healthy version. Thank you.

  9. I replaced white rice completely with brown rice and cracked wheat...was bored of wheat cooked as rice and upma.thanks for the awesome mouthwatering and healthy recipe

  10. This came out really well. Thanks for am awesome dish recipe.

  11. I vl surely try this...looks yummy n is very healthy. Thankyou fr sharing.

  12. Hi Padhu I tried this recipe,it came out well,taste was fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing:):)

  13. This has become a regular at our home too :) Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work!

  14. Tried n came out really fantastic. This is regular for lunch in our home now.


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