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instant pot dalia upma

Instant Pot Dalia Upma (Uppumavu) - Bulgur Wheat Upma

Instant pot dalia upma or bulgur wheat pilaf made using broken wheat or bulgur wheat and vegetables makes a simple, easy, healthy and delicious South Indian style vegetarian breakfast!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Keyword dalia upma, instant pot indian recipes, instant pot upma, instant pot wheat recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
pressure build up and release time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 350kcal


  • instant pot 6 quart duo or lux


  • 1.5 cups dalia or broken wheat
  • 2.5 cups water
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 1 string curry leaves make sure no water in leaves
  • 5 dry red chilies (broken) optional


  • 1 medium sized onion peeled and sliced thin and long
  • 1 large sized potatoes chopped in cubes
  • ¼ cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 15 green beans cut both ends and chop in even 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large sized carrot chopped


  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder


  • Press the saute function in instant pot, adjust to low and add the oil. Add the curry leaves and dry red chilies (if using) and lightly fry. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
    Add the sliced onions and saute for 4 to 5 minutes until they are lightly fried.
    Add the peas, saute for 1 minute and add all the other chopped veggies too, mix well.
    Add enough salt and saute for another 3 minutes.
    sauteeing vegetables for instant pot upma
  • Add the broken wheat or dalia (which is washed well), mix well, also add enough salt and saute for another 2 minutes.
    making upma instant pot
  • Add the water and spice powders, mix everything well. Place the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves on top.
    add water to cook upma in instant pot
  • Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position. Press manual and cook in high pressure for 4 minutes.
    Once the cooking is done, the pot will beep and allow a natural pressure release of about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, carefully do a manual release by turning the lid to the venting position slowly.
    Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid of the instant pot.
    instant pot upma pilaf perfectly cooked
  • Mix everything well and serve the perfect and delicious upma hot with any chutneys, curry or pickles as you like!
    instant pot upma with bulgur wheat


Make sure to add the bay leaves and cinnamon sticks as they add a wonder aroma to the upma.
Also make sure to follow the water to dalia ratio correctly and only do a manual release after 10 minutes of natural pressure release to make this perfectly delicious dalia upma in instant pot.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 888IU | Vitamin C: 99mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 4mg