Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cracked Wheat Tomato Bhath

          At home, everyone likes tomato rice or tomato bhath or briyani. As usual I always try to replace rice wherever possible with cracked wheat or quinoa, at the same time not compromising much on the taste. The tomato bhath with cracked wheat turned out to be a healthy one pot meal and tasted very good. I added some baby lima beans for protein and served it with a raitha..

Need To Have
  • Cracked Wheat - 2 + 1/2 cups
  • Baby Lima Beans - 1 + 1/2 cup
  • Tomatoes - 3 very big chopped
  • Onion - 1 big chopped
  • Cinnamon - 2" stick
  • Cloves - 4
  • Star Anise - 2
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 10
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves - to garnish
To Grind
  • Poppy Seeds - 1 tablespoon
  • Broken Cashews - 1 tablespoon
  • Javentri - a very small piece
  • Garlic - 6 pods
  • Chopped Ginger - 2 tablespoon
  • Green Chillies - 8 or 9
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 teaspoon

          Soak the cracked wheat (bigger variety) for 20 mins. Make a paste of everything given under to grind. Heat oil in a pressure pan, add the cinnamon, cloves and star anise, once they pop, add the onions, saute till transparent, then add the paste, again saute for a few mins till the raw smell goes away. Now, add the tomatoes, saute till they turn mushy, add the lima beans, turmeric powder, curry leaves and mix well. Finally, add the cracked wheat and 4 + 1/2 cups of water, cook for one whistle, reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 mins and switch off. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with some raitha.
Sending it to Srav's Cooking Concepts for the Vegan Diet - Only Pant Based event,
                to Taste Of Pearl City for the Healthy Morsels - Pregnancy event,
                to Food Corner for the Midweek Fiesta and
                to Zesty South Indian Kitchen for the Hearth And Soul Blog Hop.

Can use peas instead of lima beans. If you don't have javentri, leave it and add 2 cardamoms while making the paste, but of course javitri has a very nice flavor.
Use chillies more or less depending on your spice level.

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  1. nice and amazing recipe. I never made this. but looks fabulous. I will try some time.

  2. yummy n healthy bhath.....superb

  3. Looks delicious. I guess its your 50th post, congrats dear. Great Job.

  4. Looks good. And healthier than rice.

  5. Wow, this looks so healthy and delicious! First time here, loved your recipes and happy to follow :)


  6. What a healthy and yummy recipe!! Slurp!

  7. Very healthy tomatobath,looks very nice!!

  8. Healthy and flavourful! A complete meal!

  9. A healthy, wholesome meal. the perfect comfort meal..!

  10. A nice filling one pot meal. What is Javitri?

  11. Wow you have used Mexican ingredients and made a perfect Indian looks super yummy and healthy to boot!

  12. love tomato rice... this healthy version looks yumm

  13. I have been seeing a lot of cracked wheat recipes. This must taste good. Will give it a try.

  14. Healthy and filling,nice recipe.

  15. When i read Tomato Bhaath, i was reminded of my hometown & saw u made it so much more healthier..lOve the ground mixture.. have always been speculative of trying wheat & quinoa is main dish..this is great :)

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  16. Definitely a healthy version and it looks really good!

  17. Healthy n tasty bhath.. :) Loving it !!

  18. Very filling one pot meal,yummilicious!!

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  19. lovely!i have never made this i will..really delicious.

  20. Thanks Hema for dropping by in our recp. blog and so kind of you to follow it ...Loved your space a lot ..I am also happy to follow you and will visit regularly ...and a very healthy recipe ..

  21. mom makes upma with cracked wheat but doesn't use spices.. This looks healthy and aromatic Hema. I have to try it

  22. A very healthy alternative to the regular tomato rice. Nice presentation

  23. Delicious healthy one pot meal, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  24. Nutritious filled tomato bhath !!healthy one !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

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  25. I love cracked wheat dishes... They are good sources of protein and flavorful too... Thank you for sharing with Healthy Morsels - Pregnancy :)

  26. tried it .Great stufff.Anymore broken wheat recipes.Wondering what the calorific values are?