Multi-Grain Porridge (Dalia)

"You can custom blend any grains in this healthy morning treat and true winter comfort food. Serve it as a sweet or spicy dish. When refrigerated or frozen, it becomes stiffer and requires additional liquid."
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  • 2 2 cups oat bran or 2 cups wheat bran (or other grains)
  • 12 cup wheat germ
  • Seasonings

  • milk
  • honey or salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Heat 9 cups water in a pot.
  • Meantime put all the grains in a 3 to 4 quart pot on low to medium heat.
  • Stir for a few minutes until lightly roasted.
  • Add the hot water to the grains slowly, taking care not to splash.
  • Increase the heat to medium to high for a few minutes to let everything boil.
  • Reduce the heat; cook half covered until the grains are soft (about 20 minutes).
  • It should be like a pudding.
  • Add more hot water if needed.
  • Serve hot with milk and the desired seasonings.

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  1. ladypit
    I made a whole recipe of this (using oat bran for 1 cup and oatmeal for the other plus the wheat germ) and used about 7 cups of water. I actually think I could have used the whole 9 cups. This makes a different textured cereal then straight oatmeal, almost more of a mush. I thought it was pretty good. My 3 year old loved it with lots of brown sugar and some soy milk.
  2. Roosie
    I really can't figure out how you could stretch this to 15 servings and hope for this to actually make a meal. I used 1/4 cup organic rolled oats and 1/4 cup organic wheat bran and 2 Tbs (1/8c) wheat germ for one serving (3.75 servings according to the recipe). I am not sure why you would need 9 cups of water for this, either. I used one cup for my quarter recipe, and felt it was plenty. Other than that, I think this is a good recipe- I like that it is very versatile and so healthy and can go sweet or savory (like Upma #75504). I drizzled mine with honey and milk and sprinkled with a few drops of orange blossom water. Verstile healthy breakfast and a nice change from plain ol' oatmeal.


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