Instant Pot Dalia Pulao (Broken wheat or Bulgur Pilaf)

Instant Pot Bulgur

Craked Wheat Upma / Bulgar Pilaf / Dalia Pulao made in the instant pot.  Bulgur wheat cooked with vegetables, garlic and spices.

Dalia 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.  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.

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Instant Pot Bulgur
Dalia Pulao / Bulgur Pilaf - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A simple and delicious Bulgur or cracked wheat pilaf with lots of veggies.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Dairy-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 3
Calories: 335 kcal
Author: Piping Pot Curry
  • 1 cup Dalia or Bulgur
  • 1 Onion small chopped
  • 2 Tomato small chopped
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 2 cups Mixed vegetables (bell peppers, green peas, carrots, beans)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Cilantro to garnish
  1. Heat the instant pot in Sauté mode and add oil. Add cumin seeds, whole black pepper and green chillies. 

  2. After they start to splutter, add onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are lightly browned. 

  3. Add tomato, salt and spices. Stir and saute for 2 minutes. 

  4. 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. 

  5. Change instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 5 minutes. 

  6. When the instant pot beeps, release pressure naturally. Mix the juice of one lemon and garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with yogurt or raita.

Recipe Notes
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker. 
Nutrition Facts
Dalia Pulao / Bulgur Pilaf - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 914mg 38%
Potassium 769mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 139.9%
Vitamin C 39.6%
Calcium 9.7%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator. 

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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Dalia Pulao (Broken wheat or Bulgur Pilaf)

  1. Hi Meeta, saw your blog on instant pot page and came looking for this recipe. Defi going to try. Need all the one stop reciepes with a little one in tow. Great work! please keep posting 🙂

    1. Hey Sayli – Great to connect with you here. Instant Pot is definitely a savior with needed less babysitting, when you have little ones. Do share how it turns out 🙂

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