Lapsi Recipe - Cracked Wheat Sweet

// Lapsi Recipe is a traditional Rajasthani and Gujarati dessert. This cracked wheat dessert is a moist and soft pudding. Best served warm.



Lapsi is a traditional Indian dessert made using cracked broken wheat, ghee, and sugar/jaggery, flavored with cardamom and garnished with sliced almonds and cashews. 

It is a moist and soft Indian-style pudding oozing with the richness of clarified butter/ghee. Made using simple handfuls of ingredients, it gets done in under 25 minutes when prepared from start to finish. 

Learn to make Lapsi Recipe or Cracked Wheat Dessert Recipe with a simple step-by-step picture recipe and a video tutorial.

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someone holding a bowl of rajasthani lapsi with coconut with nuts and coconut on it

About Lapsi

Lapsi is a delightful sweet treat originating from the western regions of India, particularly Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Rajasthan, it is known as Lapsi, but in Gujarat, it is also known as Fada Lapsi, or Fada in Lapsi. 

This authentic Indian sweet is made using dalia, also known as cracked wheat or broken wheat, ghee, and jaggery or sugar, and a handful of nuts. 

Serve it as an after-meal dessert, as an auspicious sweet during festivals, or simply enjoy it as a warming and delicious breakfast. 

This warming and comforting dessert is best served warm or at room temperature. It has all the healthy goodness of ghee (which is an ultimate superfood), cracked wheat, jaggery/sugar, dry fruits, and cardamom powder. 

The tempting flavors of this toothsome dessert will surely make you and your loved ones drool. This sweet  is usually made as an offering to Indian Gods on some auspicious occasions and for puja (a prayer ritual performed by Hindus towards devotional worship to deities).

a plate of rajasthani lapsi with coconut and nuts
there is a bowl of a rajasthani lapsi with coconut nuts and other toppings

What is Lapsi

Lapsi is an easy-to-make, quick, simple, and earthy dessert. You don’t need any fancy ingredients or utensils for making this humble dessert. 

In this dessert, broken wheat aka Dalia is roasted with ghee until golden in color. Roasting the cracked wheat in ghee gives this dessert a rich and classic brown color, intense aroma, and delicate flavor. 

After roasting, it is cooked/boiled in water until soft. Later this is sweetened with some sugar/jaggery. And finally, it is flavored with some coconut shavings and cardamom. 

This is one of such timeless recipes which is adored by people of all age groups. My great-grandfather loved it, and now my daughter also loves it.

Other names of Lapsi

Lapsi or Laapsi has other names such as Lapsi Hawla, Fada ni Lapsi, Meetha Dalia / Sweet Dalia, Lapsi Sheera, and Broken Wheat Dessert, or Cracked Wheat Dessert/Halwa, and Cracked Wheat Pudding.

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Variations

How to make Lapsi with Jaggery

The recipe of lapsi with jaggery or Gur ki Lapsi is the same as the traditional recipe I have shared on this page. Jaggery lapsi is cooked the same way using dalia, aka broken wheat. But instead, sugar is sweetened with jaggery or gur. 

This is an old-fashioned version of making this sweet dish. In this dessert, jaggery aka gur is added instead of sugar. This is healthier than the sugar version. You can make this lapsi recipe with jaggery in the cooker.

Lapsi recipe for babies

Broken wheat or dalia is a good source of vitamins and minerals, which makes it nutritious. Lapsi is made with dalia; thus, it can be a good nutritious meal for the kids. 

Since broken wheat is loaded with fibers, proteins, and iron, it’s great for growing kids. Addition of chopped nuts to this dessert dish makes it a lot richer, tastier, and desirable.

However, you need to consider a few important points when you are making it for babies or toddlers. Try to avoid any kind of sweetener, but if you have to add then opt for little jaggery. 

There are generally 3 types of broken wheat dalia available in the market. Large grain, medium grain, and small grain. Always use small grain for making lapsi for kids. You can also choose bulgar wheat which is usually parboiled.

Also, try to cook it in milk instead of water to get that rich, more nutritious porridge-like consistency. This way it is light on a child’s stomach, and easier to digest. Blend it into a puree if you are serving it to babies.

a plate of rajasthani lapsi with coconut and nuts and a golden spoon

How to make Lapsi recipe

Many people wonder how lapsi is made. Cooking this sweet dish is very simple and easy. You just need to roast dalia aka broken wheat with desi ghee and then boil it until soft and moist.

To prepare, cracked wheat is roasted in ghee until golden brown and releases a nutty aroma. This is the crucial step as it infuses the overall flavor of this sweet dish with aromatic ghee. 

Once it is roasted, water is then added gradually, simmering the mixture until the wheat softens and absorbs the liquid, to make a thick, creamy consistency. When it is cooked, sugar/jaggery is then added to sweeten this and cooked till the sugar completely dissolves. 

Lastly, aromatic spices and a bit of ghee are added to elevate the aromatic richness of this. A handful of chopped nuts is added right before serving. 

This laapsi recipe was passed to me by my Granny. My Granny used to cook it in a deep pan on the stove. Then she used to add sweeteners such as jaggery or sugar.

This stovetop cooking process takes some time. Unlike my granny, my mom cooks it in a pressure cooker, it reduces the cooking time. 

No matter how you cook this dessert, it will always turn out delicious. You can also make lapsi in the Instant pot pressure cooking option.

Lapsi recipe in a cooker

If you are pressed for time and still want to cook some quick, healthy, and delicious dessert, then you can easily cook this wonderful lapsi in a pressure cooker. This will be ready in no time.

there is a bowl of rajasthani lapsi with coconut and nuts with nuts and onions on it

Serving Suggestions

The traditional Rajasthani way of serving this dessert is to pair it with some piping hot spicy kadhi, steamed rice, and puri or roti. This combination is known as Lapsi Kadhi Chawal. 

Eating Kadhi Chawal with Lapsi was a must at my home. You can also serve this as an after-meal dessert to your family or guests. 

Lapsi Kadhi Chawal

Llke Dal Bati Churma, Lapsi Kadhi Chawal is a very popular meal combination of Rajasthani cuisine. 

Here, Lapsi is a dessert made with broken wheat. Kadhi is a sour and spicy yogurt-based curry, and Chawal is plainly steamed or boiled rice or jeera rice. The combination of Chawal Kadhi and Lapsi is usually made in Rajasthani and Marwari kitchens on festive occasions. But you can surely cook this combination anytime you like.

there is a bowl of rajasthani lapsi with coconut and nuts with nuts and other food items

What is broken wheat

Broken wheat is a name for whole raw wheat grains which are cleaned and then processed coarsely. Broken wheat is also known as Cracked wheat or bulgar which is made of whole wheat grain.

This grain is usually known as Dalia Hindi. Samba rava, godhuma rava are a few other names of broken wheat. Broken wheat also is known as bulgur or wheat in the Middle East. It also has similar health benefits as quinoa.

Anupama’s Tips and Tricks to Help You Perfect Your Lapsi Recipe

  1. Sweetness: You can use sugar or jaggery both for sweetening this sweet recipe. I used granulated sugar here; you can also use jaggery, brown sugar, or cane sugar.

  2. Adjust sweetness: Feel free to adjust the amount of sweetener according to your taste preference. Simply, taste it as you add sweeteners to achieve the perfect level of sweetness that suits your palate.

  3. Jaggery powder: With jaggery, it gets the natural sweetness and a deeper brown shade with earthy notes. But keep in mind that you might need to increase the amount of jaggery powder, as it is a natural sweetener.

  4. Wheat: Make sure that you are using the right type of wheat which is broken wheat (also known as dalia or cracked wheat). It gives the best flavor and taste to your recipe.

  5. Toasting: To get the maximum flavors, you need to make sure that you toast broken wheat in ghee over medium low heat until it turns golden brown. This step ensures that the broken wheat grain has absorbed the aromatic ghee and does not have the raw taste.

  6. Heat: Make sure to cook it on medium heat to cook it evenly. Also, keep stirring to prevent burning and even cooking.

  7. Ghee: Homemade ghee gives the best taste and flavor to this sweet. But you can also use store-bought ghee. Just make sure that you opt for high-quality ghee for the best results.

  8. Aromatic flavors: I have used traditional cardamom flavoring here. You can also use cinnamon to add warmth. Rose water or kewra water can also be added for a delicate floral aroma.

  9. Serving: This can be enjoyed either warm or at room temperature, depending on your preference. Some people also have it chilled, but I prefer it warm just the way my Granny used to serve. A warm bowl of this sweet dish and cup of masala chai is a comforting treat on a cold day.

  10. Garnish: You can garnish it with chopped nuts (such as sliced almonds, cashews, pistachios, and sliced coconut). You can also top them with dried fruits.

  11. Consistency: It should have a thick and creamy texture, similar to porridge. If it becomes too thick, you can adjust the consistency by adding more hot water or even hot milk.

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FAQ

How to make Lapsi Halwa?

Lapsi halwa is a healthy halwa made with Dalia and jaggery. This is cooked by roasting the broken wheat in ghee. Roasting the broken wheat in ghee gives this Lapsi a rich brown color, extraordinary aroma, and delightful flavor.  

Is Lapsi  Healthy?

Yes, there are many benefits of eating lapsi. Cracked Wheat is definitely healthy. Whole grains like cracked wheat Broken wheat/dalia provide fibers, protein, vitamin B6, iron, and antioxidants.  

What is Lapsi made of?

Lapsi, a very delicious pudding made using broken wheat which is generally made on auspicious occasions and festivals in the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra.  

Is cracked wheat the same as whole wheat?

No, they are not. Whole wheat always has a whole grain, whereas cracked wheat is crushed and has small amounts of the bran.  

What is Rajasthani Lapsi?

Lapsi Rajasthani recipe: Rajasthani Lapsi is an enticing and palatial dessert of Rajasthani cuisine. This pudding is so full of the healthy goodness of broken wheat. It oozes with ghee and has a good amount of dry fruits which adds a nice luxurious texture to this dessert.

Then there is a final touch of cardamom. The aroma of ghee-roasted Dalia with cardamom powder is something to live for.  

How to cook Rajasthani Lapsi?

Rajasthani Lapsi is cooked the same way as Gujarati or Maharashtrian Lapsi.  

Is Lapsi and Dalia the same?

No. Lapsi is a traditional Indian dessert, and Dalia is a grain. Dalia is a Hindi name for broken or cracked wheat. And lapsi is a sweet made using dalia.

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Lapsi Recipe - Cracked Wheat Sweet (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Make Lapsi in a pressure cooker:

  1. Heat 4 tablespoons of ghee in a pressure cooker.
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  3. Add 1/2 cup broken wheat and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes or till golden.
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  5. Boil 2.5 cups of water in a pan, and add this to the pressure cooker.
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  7. Stir well and close the lid. Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
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  9. Turn off the heat, and let the pressure go down completely. Once the pressure goes down, open the lid. Turn on the heat. Stir well and let the water vaporize over medium heat. Add sugar/jaggery and mix well.
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  11. Cook for 5 minutes or till the sugar melts completely and juice evaporates.
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  13. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee and stir well and cook for a minute.
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  15. Now add coconut shavings, chopped nuts, and mix well again.
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  17. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
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  19. Cook for 1 more minute, and turn off the heat.
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  21. Drizzle with some ghee, garnish with chopped nuts and serve hot.
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Make Lapsi in a pan:

  1. Take a thick deep bottomed pan.
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  3. Add 4 tablespoons ghee in it and heat over medium heat.
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  5. Once the ghee is heated, add in the broken wheat and stir the mixture until golden brown in color.
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  7. Now boil 2.5 cups of water in a pan, and add this to the pan and let the broken wheat cook until it gets tender and the water is almost evaporated.
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  9. Once the mixture is vaporized, add the jaggery/sugar.
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  11. Cook the mixture on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes till the sugar melts completely and juice evaporates.
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  13. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee and stir well and cook for a minute.
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  15. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Once done remove the lapsi from heat.
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  17. Drizzle with some ghee, garnish with chopped nuts before serving.
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  19. Serve it hot or warm as a dessert or as a snack.
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Lapsi Recipe - Cracked Wheat Sweet [Recipe]

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Lapsi Recipe is a traditional Rajasthani and Gujarati dessert. This cracked wheat dessert is a moist and soft pudding. Best served warm.
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
25 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Desserts Indian 4 bowls
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
335 calories 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

For Lapsi:
  • 1/2 cup broken wheat (dalia)
  • 2.5 cups hot boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar/jaggery, or more to taste (I don’t like lapsi too sweet, that’s why I am adding 1/4 cup sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cashews
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped pistachio
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut shavings
  • 4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons ghee
For Serving:
  • Some ghee
  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut shavings

INSTRUCTIONS:

Make Lapsi in a pressure cooker:
  1. Heat 4 tablespoons of ghee in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add 1/2 cup broken wheat and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes or till golden.
  3. Boil 2.5 cups of water in a pan, and add this to the pressure cooker.
  4. Stir well and close the lid. Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  5. Turn off the heat, and let the pressure go down completely. Once the pressure goes down, open the lid. Turn on the heat. Stir well and let the water vaporize over medium heat. Add sugar/jaggery and mix well.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes or till the sugar melts completely and juice evaporates.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee and stir well and cook for a minute.
  8. Now add coconut shavings, chopped nuts, and mix well again.
  9. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  10. Cook for 1 more minute, and turn off the heat.
  11. Drizzle with some ghee, garnish with chopped nuts and serve hot.
Make Lapsi in a pan:
  1. Take a thick deep bottomed pan.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons ghee in it and heat over medium heat.
  3. Once the ghee is heated, add in the broken wheat and stir the mixture until golden brown in color.
  4. Now boil 2.5 cups of water in a pan, and add this to the pan and let the broken wheat cook until it gets tender and the water is almost evaporated.
  5. Once the mixture is vaporized, add the jaggery/sugar.
  6. Cook the mixture on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes till the sugar melts completely and juice evaporates.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee and stir well and cook for a minute.
  8. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Once done remove the lapsi from heat.
  9. Drizzle with some ghee, garnish with chopped nuts before serving.
  10. Serve it hot or warm as a dessert or as a snack.

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NOTES:

  1. I have added only 1/4 cup of sugar here, but you can surely increase the amount.
  2. You can replace coconut shavings with grated or desiccated coconut.


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