September 19, 2008

Wheat in Bisibelebath and a salad

Bisibelebath with broken wheat

I use broken wheat for making pradhaman. Other than that it doesn't feature in our regular menu. So when bought for making payasam, usually there will be left over, since only a small quantity is required for the preparation. When I had some broken wheat to be used up, I was thinking of recipe where I can replace rice with wheat. I had posted pongal with wheat before. The next trial was making bisibelebath out of broken wheat. Broken wheat is not the same as wheat rava. This is coarser. Believe, broken wheat made good substitution for rice. Unless told, you cannot make out the difference. From then, I have been regularly including broken wheat in my shopping list.
Only when I searched my archived to link this to bisibelebath post, did I realise, that I haven't posted the recipe yet. So here is my recipe.

Broken wheat - 1 cup ( Usually rice is used)
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
peas(fresh/dried) -1/2 cup
chopped veggies - 1 1/2 cups (carrot/beans/potato/capsicum)
shallots/pearl onion - 15 nos
tamarind -small lemon size
sambhar powder - 1tspn (optional)
turmeric powder

mustard seeds
red chilli - 2 nos
curry leaves
For masala
red chilli - 6 nos
coriander seeds - 1 tspn
cloves - 4
cinnamon - 1" piece
hing - 1/2 tspn
grated coconut -1/4 cup(kopra is preferred.)
If fresh coconut is used, saute them till lightly brown. Grind all the ingredients for the masala to a smooth paste.
Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and extract pulp.
Wash, broken wheat,dal and peas.If dried peas is used, soak them for 5 hours.Pressure cook them together. Keep it aside
Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients. Saute the onions till golden. Add the chopped veggies, turmeric and salt. When it is half cooked, add the tamarind pulp. When the mixture starts boiling, stir in the ground paste and mix well. Cook for 10 minutes. Mix the cooked wheat-dal mixture to the cooking masala and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes till the flavors seep in the wheat-dal combo.Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a seasoning pan. Add a teaspoon of sambhar powder and pour on top the cooking mixture. This step is optional. But it does enhances the flavor of bisibelebath. Remove from fire. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with papad.

Sprouted Wheat berry salad

I buy whole wheat to make dosa. My co-sister always sproutsome of the soaked berries. Ever since she told gave me the idea, whenever I soak berries for dosa, I keep aside a handful of the soaked berries for sprouting and use that in salad. Steam cook the berries before using for salads. These will be chewy, but very tasty. Toss in any veggies(I have used grated cucumber and carrot, onion and tomato) you have and sprinkle some salt, pepper and lime juice and teaspoon of olive oil for dressing. You can have the bowl of healthy salad as a meal by itself or use it in wraps.

Wheat berry salad is my entry to EC's : WYF- salad/soup/starter

Diet friendly bisibelebath and salad is making to Divya's Diet Food Event


  1. looks delicious,the bisibelebath, when made with wheat is lighter compared to original version.thanks for sharing the recipe

  2. I simply love bisibelebaath and what a fabulous idea to make it using wheat.. will definitely give this a shot. Thanks!!

  3. This is a unique substitution! I love the way you have used it in the bisibelebath. Salad looks tempting too.

  4. hi first time to your blog nice blog and you have great recipes wheat bisibelebath is new to me will try it soon

  5. I can see you are using a lot of wheat in your cooking. Bisibelebath with it is really unusual. I cook broken rice insted of regular rice often, and we have it with sambhar or kuzhambu.
    Liked your salad too. Never sprouted wheat so far.:)

  6. Nice experimenting of yours to use wheat in Bisibelebath.

  7. Yummy delicious bisbelebath, i didn't know they made with broken wheat.

  8. In a diet it is always advised to avoid rice.Nice way to replace rice with wheat dear..And the soup of course sounds healthy with sprouts..Thanks for sending this in..

  9. Just recently, i substituted wheat in pongal after seeing a blogger do that...using it in BBB is an excellent idea...healthy salad too..thanks for participating

  10. yummy variation of bisibelebath and salad looks so ehlathy,..hppy weekend..

  11. using wheat for rice is such a great idea Jaya! bisibelebath looks so delicious and healthy.

  12. Good idea using broken wheat,but the wheat we get here is very softand is not coarse when we cook..its almost like sooji... wheat berry sprouts is superb..will try it for sure..

  13. Wow, that looks pretty creative... I am not that big on broken wheat, but the flavors you have used seems like something I would like...

  14. The salad looks good. I like your idea of using wheat in bbb.

  15. both look so yum jayasree..bbb is always so healthy and tasty too right..not to mention your wheat berry salad..:)

  16. this is interesting.. loved the recipe.. i thot of sending it to sunshinemom, but it doesnt look green :) so i didnt send.

  17. This is interesting way of using broken wheat..even the sprouted wheat salad looks yumm..

  18. Thats sumthng new to me...never used broken wheat this way
    And btw one thing i m confused about is,whenever i click on ur name in my comment section,it takes me to some other site,do check it pls and let me know whether it acts same when u click from there

  19. the previous mssg was from me(alka of sindhirasoi),and i have no clue why it is showing as anonymous

  20. lovely ... healthy dishes .. loved the idea of broken wheat

  21. I bought some broken wheat the other day for a soup and was wondering about some other ways to use it. I love to use couscous in place of rice, but this is another great idea, especially with the price of rice going up! This recipe looks delicous, too!


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