Spiced Creamy Wheat with Cashews

  • Active Time 50m
  • Total Time 50m

8 servings, 3/4 cups each

This recipe comes alive with vegetables and spiciness, transforming healthy creamed wheat into something as flavorful as it is hearty. (Adapted from Betty Crocker's Indian Home Cooking by Raghavan Iyer; Hungry Minds, Inc., 2001.)


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon black or yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup cashews, chopped (1 1/4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup dried yellow split peas (chana dal)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 to 3 fresh Thai, serrano or cayenne chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup wheat cereal (farina), such as Cream of Wheat (not instant)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


Heat the oil and mustard seeds in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the seeds begin to pop, cover the pan and wait until the popping stops. Add the cashews and yellow split peas; stir-fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the onion and ginger; stir-fry until the onion is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in the water, potatoes, peas, chilies, salt and turmeric; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the wheat cereal; simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato and cilantro. Cover and simmer until the tomato is warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7767

nutrition information per serving

199 calories; 6g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 322mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 6g protein

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