Traditional confinement foods: Recipe for Dalia

Traditional confinement foods: Recipe for Dalia

Dalia is a breakfast meal that is rich in iron, fibre and many other essential nutrients, making it one of the favoured traditional confinement foods

This is another great breakfast meal that is rich in iron, dietary fibres, calcium, proteins and essential carbohydrates. It can also be taken as an evening snack with some hot milk or chai. Because of its rich nutrient content, it can help a new mum to recover faster and feel energized.

Often used in India homes as a nutritional diet for young children, its nutritional benefits can greatly help a new mum to recover. Although, the recovery with just dalia is not usually recommended. But it certainly is one of the many traditional confinement foods that are fed to a new mum.


  • Broken wheat (dalia) 250ml
  • Milk 250ml
  • Ghee
  • Powdered sugar or jaggery (gur) 2 tsp
  • Cardamom (eliachi) 2
  • Spliced almonds (badaam) 1 tsp
  • Raisins 1 tsp
  • Dry fruits – optional


  • Stir fry dalia with 1 tsp ghee till it turns golden brown. You could also dry roast the dalia in case you do not wish to add ghee. Keep aside. Now, in a separate bowl, boil the milk and add roasted dalia and stir constantly.
  • Once the dalia turns soft, add sugar or gur and mix well. You can garnish this mixture with raisins, pistachios, almonds and cardamom powder. You can enjoy one of the popular traditional confinement foods with fruit garnish.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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