Saffron Infused Broken Wheat Pudding | Keshari Dalia Kheer | Keshari Godhambu Rava Payasam

Onam, one of the primary festivals of Kerala state of Indian sub continent and all Malayalies is a 10-days long celebration which normally fall towards the end of monsoon. Not only in Kerala, but this festival is also celebrating in all over the world where Malayalies are living. Among these 10 days rich and healthy harvest festival, the first (Atham) and the last (Thiruvonam) are the most important. During these days, people living away return home to be with their families, work is kept to a strict minimum and most of the time is spent in prayers, feasting, dances and celebrations. A beautiful aspect of Onam is the lovely pookalams or rangolis made with fresh flowers. 

A traditional breakfast menu of steamed bananas and fried poppadums is enjoyed each day. The Thiruvonam feast is of great importance and a must-have for all Keralites. Mainly it consists of a variety of curries and delicacies besides the well-known avial, sambar, rasam and of course, the sweet rice pudding called payasam. Well, since Onam is approaching soon (this year it’s starting from 15th aug), the Foodie Monday Blog Hop group has decided to celebrate the festival, Onam. Hence the 157th theme of the group is ‘Onam Recipes‘.

Among the whole celebrations, a remarkable feature of this festival is the Onam Sadya which means “Grand feast”. This sadya traditionally comprises of 26 / more vegetarian dishes and is typically served over a banana leaf. The entire gathering is served one dish at a time, starting with salt, upperi and sharkara varatti, followed by all the other dishes, rice and ending with payasam. This is the one day when Keralites gladly denounce their love for meat 😉. 

So for theme, I have come up with a payasam using dalia / broken wheat / godhambu rava, but infused with saffron / keshar as ‘Saffron Infused Broken Wheat Pudding / Keshari Dalia Kheer’. This is an easy and healthy sweet dish. I have used saffron infused milk for making this pudding / kheer. Once this payasam comes to room temperature, it thickens a bit, so the desired consistency can be adjusted accordingly by adding more milk or water. In both cold / warm stage this payasam tastes so delicious.

Do try this so flavorful n utterly delicious Saffron Infused Broken Wheat Pudding / Keshari Dalia Kheer / Keshari Godhambu Rava Payasam for upcoming festive celebrationIf you tried my recipe and enjoyed fully, then please share some pictures of your creation with me. Also kindly give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. You may also follow me on Facebook,  Pinterest,  Twitter,  Google+,  

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Preparation Time : 5 mins |  Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients :        



Broken wheat (dalia)

1 cup


1 cup


2 cup


2 tbsp


2 tbsp


Generous pinch

Cardamom powder

1-2 tsp


1 tbsp


2-3 cup

Method :

  1. First soak saffron strands in 1 tablespoon of warm milk and keep aside.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan start boiling milk.
  3. Wash the broken wheat thoroughly for 4-5 times.
  4. Pressure cook the washed broken wheat along with 2-3 cup of water over medium heat until thoroughly cooked and keep aside.
  5. Next add sugar to the boiling milk and stir well. The sugar’ll start to melt soon.
  6. Then add the cooked broken wheat / dalia to the boiling milk.
  7. Mix properly and allow to cook over low heat.
  8. In another pan fry cashews and raisins with ghee and add to the dalia-milk mixture.
  9. Also add cardamom powder, saffron milk mixture and stir well everything to well incorporated.
  10. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  11. Turn off heat and serve this delicious pudding warm or chilled.

Notes :

  • Jaggery can be used instead of sugar here.
  • This kheer or pudding thickens immediately after preparation, so adjust accordingly by adding more milk or water to get the desired consistency.
  • The ratio of water and milk used here can be adjusted.

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  1. Priya Iyer

    This looks so good! I love the idea of using broken wheat instead of rice in making the payasam. 🙂

  2. Sujata Roy

    Broken wheat pudding sounds so good. Loved the colour. Superb share.

  3. Unknown

    What a delicious delightful and apt share for the theme…love the addition of saffron.

  4. Unknown

    Tasty and wholesome! What a lovely combination of flavors!  

  5. preethi'scuisine

    Delicious and flavorful combination Samita.Perfect share for the theme.

  6. Mayuri Patel

    Love the plate Sasmita. I've not tasted kheer with broken wheat but the recipe sounds delicious.

  7. Unknown

    Too delicious and yum

  8. Shobha

    Very healthy option for making kheer.. I can feel the aroma of saffron in it. Lovely.

  9. Soma Mukherjee

    Wow the payasam with Dalia looks so tempting and what a lovely colour and flavour the kesar has given to it, definitely a healthy option than rice payasam, lovely share.

  10. Priya Suresh

    Omg, this saffron broken wheat pudding looks absolutely incredible and ultimately delicious. Too tempting to the core. Inviting definitely.

  11. Poonam Bachhav

    Dalia kheer is favourite at my place. Yours look so creamy Sasmita ! Love your crockery.

  12. Rafeeda AR

    The saffron surely has imparted a beautiful color to your dalia kheer… and it's so thick too!

  13. spoonsofflavor

    This saffron infused dalia kheer looks absolutely delicious! The color is so vibrant.. Love it☺

  14. Malini's Space

    Broken wheat pudding with saffron. Looks delicious and vibarant. Lovely click and so tempting.

  15. Archana

    Broken wheat pudding looks so yummy. I think I will make it tomorrow for my breakfast it has been ages since i had such a lovely pudding.

  16. Unknown

    Broken wheat payasam sounds great and looks amazing. Love to make this for my daughter.

  17. mildly indian

    Creamy and comforting. I will love to have this bowl topped with saffron.

  18. Uma Srinivas

    Love to see dessert recipes during the festival season. The kheer looks so yummy…

  19. Anshu

    Oh my, the pudding looks absolutely delish and so inviting with a lovely colour. Wish I could grab the bowl right across the screen.

  20. Hayley

    This dessert sounds so delicious and with saffron it looks more richer and scrumptious. Wish I can grab that bowl right now.

  21. code2cook

    Daliya definitely looking tasty and with saffron it is going to be full proof lip smacking pudding. Color also came out beautifully

  22. Maria Nasir

    Wonderful information on Onam! I didn't know much about it before. And the pudding looks like a perfectly royal comfort food!

  23. Ritu Tangri

    Loved reading your write up Sasmita. Though this broken wheat payasam is a very simple dish, but by infusing it with Saffron, you have taken it to several notches higher.

  24. Lathiya

    Broken wheat pudding looks scrumptious sasmita…beautifully explained about Onam and its importance

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