Craked Wheat Upma / Bulgar Pilaf / Dalia Pulao made in the instant pot. Bulgur wheat cooked with vegetables, garlic and spices. This is one of our favorites, and a great substitute for rice pulao, that can be cooked in under 30 minutes.

Bulgur Pulao. Broken Wheat Pilaf. Dalia Pualo
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Dalia or Bulgur is popular all over the wheat-consuming regions of North India.  It is a kind of dried cracked wheat, which can be consumed as a sweet or savory dish. Here is my recipe for Lapsi, a sweet dish made with dalia.

Dalia has more fiber and protein, a lower glycemic index, and higher levels of most vitamins and minerals.  This dish a great alternative to rice pulao, and much more nutritious.

This quick and easy recipe is made in an instant pot, but can be made in a traditional pressure cooker as well.

Check out our Rice pulao and Quinoa pulao recipe.

Bulgur Dalia Pulao Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
4.89 from 27 votes

Instant Pot Bulgur Pilaf Recipe (Dalia Pulao)

A simple, healthy and delicious Bulgur or cracked wheat pilaf cooked with lots of veggies. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Bulgur (Broken Wheat/Dalia)
  • 1 Onion, small chopped
  • 2 Tomato, small chopped
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Mixed vegetables, (bell peppers, green peas, carrots, beans)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Cilantro, to garnish



  • Heat the instant pot in Sauté mode and add oil. Add cumin seeds, whole black pepper and green chillies. 
  • After they start to splutter, add onions and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are lightly browned. 
  • Add tomato, salt and spices. Stir and saute for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the mixed vegetables and stir well. Add dalia, water and mix well. Scrape of anything stuck to the bottom and deglaze the pot. Close lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Change instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 5 minutes. 
  • When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. The release the pressure manually (10 minutes NPR). Mix the juice of one lemon and garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with yogurt or raita.


  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 


Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 914mgPotassium: 769mgFiber: 16gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 6995IUVitamin C: 32.7mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 3.8mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Dairy-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Excellent recipe! I pretty much made it as written, including yellow bell pepper, carrot, and green peas as my veggies. Very colorful, delicious, and healthy! I opted for 500ml of water (per the metric measurements) rather than 2-3/4 cups (per the US Customary) based on another reviewer’s comment and that worked out perfectly! Also, the recipe card does not indicate when to add the garlic so I tossed it in with the onions. I will certainly make this again!

    1. Hello – I have included amount of water to be added in the recipe card. You can click “jump to recipe” at the top of the post to get to the recipe ingredients.

  2. Loved this recipe always make it for lunchtime and so satisfying too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this recipe

      1. Although in the step-by-step guide there is no mention of Garlic, I am guessing we add it when we add cumin seeds?? Is that correct? I have made it for lunch again today 😀

  3. Previously tried with pressure cooker, this time tried with Instant pot with double quantity. Recipe says for 1 cup cracked what , to use 2 and 3/4 cups of water. I think 2 cups water should suffice. Otherwise came out well.