Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Broken Wheat (Daliya) Risotto with Mushrooms and Baby Corn


Broken Wheat (Dalia) Risotto recipe/ Bulgar Wheat Risotto

Bahman Mahino (the month of Bahman in the Parsi calendar) is named after and dedicated to the Zoroastrian angel Bahman Ameshaspand, the guardian of the animal kingdom and as a way of respect to this divinity, the Zoroastrian community abstains from eating meat all month long.

Now, no meat and that too for thirty long days would make any Parsi worth his akoori and farcha a rather unhappy soul and that is the reason our fore-mothers whipped up some of the most delicious vegetarian meals, made and enjoyed all month through.


A tête-à-tête with my mum last month (of the Gregorian calendar) enlightened me of all the wonderful recipes her mother would make during the time and Parsi style Khichree rice played a lead role with change in gravies. Dishes like Bafenu (sweet and sour whole ripe mangoes preserved in spices and vinegar) Ravaiyya no Patio (Parsi Style baby brinjal relish) Tarela Venga ni katri (crispy fried Eggplant slices) that she mentioned brought back fond memories of simpler times and granny's over the top delicious food (gosh how did grannies manage to do that every day?).

Now, I'm always fiddling with my ingredients is not news anymore {if you read all the posts on ADOT i.e. ;-)} and anything and I mean anything can trigger that spark, from a photo I saw at a restaurant's menu, to something someone mentioned in idle conversation, anythings goes. This time it (the trigger) was pulled by my mother uttering the word Khichree. I now had to make it, but not the usual stuff we make, something new, something "experimental" and like I always do, I raided my own pantry to look for some arborio rice like ingredients (because that is what the Italians use in making Risotto, their version of Khichdi).

I chanced upon a half used packet of Dalia or Broken Wheat and decided to use it as the main carb in my dish.


Dalia, broken wheat or cracked wheat is definitely a treat for anyone who needs a diet rich in fiber and nutrition, broken wheat has a huge number of uses & benefits from keeping your digestive tract healthy, to being a good source of the daily requirement of fiber. Since it is absorbed slowly it helps to balance blood sugar in the body, its myriad benefits makes a popular dietary supplement among the different cultures.

Intrigued?, then read on for the recipe...


Serves 2 (Heartily)

You will need:

About 3 tbsp olive oil (or use any mild flavoured oil)
250g (1 cup) dalia (broken wheat)
200 gms button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup sliced baby corn
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 - 7 garlic cloves, finely chopped
About 1 cup hot vegetable or chicken stock
A handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
100 gms Parmesan cheese (I couldn't find any so I used mozzarella)
A few oregano or fresh thyme leaves (optional)


Method:

Pressure cook the dalia for three whistles and turn off the gas, allow to cool down and keep aside.

Dalia after pressure cooking

Next in a pan heat some oil and lightly toss the sliced mushrooms and baby corn, once the mushrooms are cooked, set aside in a bowl.


Next in the same pan, lightly fry finely the chopped onion and garlic cloves until they loose their raw small (you need not change their colour)


Now to the onions, add in the dalia along with the mushrooms and baby corn.

Now start add in the stock a little at a time till you get your desired consistency and the risotto looks nice and creamy.


Next add in your grated cheese and incorporate it into the dalia.


Lastly sprinkle on top some finely chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

And you are done!

Serve alongside a nice glass of cold wine.

Enjoy!

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