September 19, 2008

Cracked Wheat Vegetable Cutlets


When my parents came this summer, along with homemade several delicious goodies like laddus, pickles, masalas, also got some organic cracked wheat handmilled by our neighbor. Of course daliya or porridge was a regular choice, but I decided to broaden my horizon and look for other innovative recipes. That's when my mother-in-law mentioned Cracked Wheat Vegetable Cutlets from one of her cookbooks. It sounded hearty and wholesome. And we decided to give it a try.

After boiling, the cracked wheat take on a pearly texture which makes it delicious and chewy. The cutlets had a crunchy exterior and the inside was nice and soft filled with delicious spices. Here is how we made it.


1 cup Cracked Wheat
1/2 cup Carrots, Peas (or any vegetable)
1 tspoon ginger garlic paste
1 onion - chopped
1 red chilli
1 tspoon curry leaves - chopped
1 tspoon cilantro - chopped
1 tspoon garam masala
1/4 tspoon chickpeas powder (roast chickpeas and grind it to a powder)
2 tspoon oil
salt to taste

Fry the broken wheat in a pan till you smell the wheat. Then boil it in 1/4 cup water. Add mor if needed. When the wheat is about half cooked, add cut vegetable, salt and let it all cook completely.

Cook the mix and then mash it. In a thick bottomed pan, heat 1 tspoon oil and add ginger garlic paste and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add chopped onions, red chilli, wheat and vegetable mix, curry leaves, cilantro, chickpeas powder, garam masala and cook for 3-4 minutes till it all mixes well.

Make flat cutlets using your palms and keep it aside.

Heat the rest of the oil and shallow fry the cutlets in a pan till each side becomes crisp and golden brown.

Serve with chutney or ketchup.


This is going to Suganya at Tasty Palettes who is hosting JFI:Whole Grains this month. What an innovative idea! Thanks for hosting.


  1. Looks yummy and filling.

  2. Love that it is healthy. Have fun cooking with your mom...

  3. Even I posted a recipe with borken wheat. To make cutlets is also a good idea. Bookmarked. Thanks for sharing.

  4. lovely mandira..wish I can take some right off the screen...:)

  5. They look really lovely, almost like sago cutlets.

  6. yummy version of cutlets,..

  7. These look delicious! I even have some cracked wheat. Now I know what to do with it.

  8. that is a fantastic looking cutlet.

  9. Looks absolutely yummy and so innovative

  10. Mandira,
    that is one great snack , so innovative and healthy!
    hugs and smiles

  11. These little cakes sound like such a tasty, healthy treat. Makes me miss wheat, but it's definitely an inspiring recipe :).

  12. Just read cracked wheat Bisibelebath in Kailas Kitchen, and you gave me another treat of Cutlets! good one ya will try it out soon :)

  13. Hi,
    Very healthy and kids friendly... Thanks for sharing.

  14. What an innovative recipe! Don't you just love it when parent come over? It's like a foodie fest

  15. I've never seen cracked wheat cutlets before. Look good and sound quite nice. A very nice change from the usual cutlets.

  16. They look delicious and healthy

  17. lovely cutlets .. looks yum

  18. This is a great recipe for cracked-wheat, which I have some that I need to use... this is bookmarked, and I'm trying it for sure!!!

  19. Cynthia, Divya, Srivalli, Sra, Not yet 100, vb, ISG, Eve's lungs, Lg, Jaya, Menu Today, Divya Vikram, Aparna, Deesha - Thank you. These were a trial and we were bowled over by how good it tasted.

    Jayasree - thanks, your bisibele bhath looks delicious!

    Sophie, Meeso - thanks, do try and let me know how it turns out.

    Mallika - you're right, it's a total food fest with new recipes. I am backlogged. Have to try and blog more often ;)

  20. this is one awesome recipe....nutritious and healthy to boot.

  21. Anonymous10:48 PM

    I couldn't boil wheat in 1/4 cut water, did anyone really tried !!

  22. Anon, if you need more water, all you have to do is add some more.

  23. Hi Mandira, I tried out your recipe today. I followed your recipe exactly ...but faced a few issues. The water for cooking dalia took around 2.5 cups ... ten times more than the 1/4 cup you suggested. Further, when I tried to shallow fry the mixture in the skillet, the cutlets totally fell apart after a few minutes in the oil. They just broke into tiny pieces. We ate them as dalia upma, and no doubt it was very tasty, but I am wondering what mistake I made because of which I couldnt make them as cutlets.

  24. Another question, Mandira .... in the recipe you have mentioned 1/4 tspoon of chickpeas powder to be added. Quarter tsp is almost like a pinch ..... is this measurement correct or is it erroneously mentioned as 1/4 tsp?

  25. wow..i love cutlets..doesn't matter if it is veg or non veg..i love cutlets..yesterday i prepared veg cutlet using Wheat by using your came out really well..tasty..thanks for the recipe.


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