Broken wheat is coarsely ground whole wheat. It is highly nutritious and does not undergo refining.

Broken wheat is commonly available in India. Most of the packages contain a bigger version of them which I find difficult to cook and isn’t very tasty either. I prefer a little more finely ground broken wheat which can also be found in your supermarket. If you cannot find them, you can buy the coarsely sized broken wheat and powder them yourself. The brand which produces finely ground broken wheat is shown below. It’s available only in Tamil Nadu I guess. But you can find a similar one with the same texture.


I personally love making upma for breakfast as it takes less time to make and also for finishing up my left over gravies. Sometimes I even save up some meat and gravy to make this upma. Because, who doesn’t like chicken/mutton in their upma,right?

If you are a vegetarian, you can use vegetables like shredded carrots and green peas to broken wheat upma. Else if you have left over meat curry at home, you can add it to the upma to make a delicious dish.



1 cup broken wheat

2 cups water

Cinnamon, cloves and cardommom

1 onion

1/2 tomato

1tsp ginger garlic paste

Chopped Vegetables(carrots) and green peas  OR  4 or 5 tbsp left over meat gravy

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tbsp garam masala



1. In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp oil and add in the whole spices. Next add the chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Then add the tomatoes and sauté till it becomes mushy.

2. Add in thick meat gravy (or carrots and peas if vegetarian) and 1/2 tsp garam masala.


3. Add in 2 cups of water and salt. When water starts boiling, add in the broken wheat while continuously stirring.


4. Close the pressure cooker and keep flame on simmer. After 10 minutes, when the first whistle goes off, switch off the flame. Let the steam go all by itself.


5. Delicious upma is ready to be served.


* If the gravy you are using is very thin and liquid, measure the water level along with the gravy. If the gravy is thick, sauté for the excess water to evaporate before adding 2 cups of water.

* Raita(curd) can also be used as an accompaniment for this dish. Some also prefer bananas and sugar.

* Make sure the water is a little salty before you add the wheat so that it doesn’t taste bland.