Shurba (using crushed wheat)

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Serves 4

There are several ways of making this yummy porridge that is so enjoyable especially in the month of Ramadhan. This method which uses crushed oats (as opposed to instant oats) requires a tiny bit of extra effort, but it is the one I always prefer because the shurba turns out a lot tastier!!

1/2 cup
crushed wheat/ngano/bulgur/dalia
onion chopped finely
tomato chopped
1 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
(or to taste)
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
1/2 tsp
garam masala
4-6 cups
meat stock/soup plus water
1/2 cup
boiled and shredded meat (mutton/lamb) or
(you can use on the bone pieces if you like)
1 tbsp
oil or butter
2 tbsp
chopped coriander
juice of half a lemon

Clean, wash then soak the crushed wheat for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker (you can make this in a pan too but it will take much longer!)

Add the onions and stir fry them until they are translucent. Do not brown them. Add the chopped tomato, black pepper, salt, garlic paste and garam masala. Stir together for a minute then add 4 cups soup/broth. Then add the drained crushed wheat. 

Bring it to a boil and then cover the pressure cooker and keep the heat on very low. Let it boil in the pressure cooker for 15 minutes.

Once the time is up, release the cooker's pressure...or let it cool off on its own, then open and check. The shurba should be ready, you can adjust salt and water to your preference. Add more water if it is too thick, or simmer uncovered for a few more minutes to thicken. 

Now add the boiled shredded meat, chopped coriander and a dash of lemon juice! Your filling and healthy shurba porridge is ready...enjoy!

If you find that the water is too much for your taste, just simmer it for a few minutes and it will right itself. Shurba made with this recipe is so flexible and you can hardly ever go wrong!

When stirring shurba at any time during the cooking process, avoid letting the wooden spoon touch the bottom of the pan as this encourages the shurba to stick to the bottom of your pan for some reason. :)

* This shurba keeps very well in the fridge or freezer. So I normally make a big batch and divide it into smaller tins then freeze, and thaw out/reheat whenever you want shurba! So don't worry about leftovers, they keep beautifully! :)



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yummy!! my mouth is already watery just from the photos of your delicious meal.keep it up!! and Allah will reward u for making our families have delicious meals from your website.thanx

Its a gr8 recipe...will surely try it. Let me also compliment you for your wonderful website...its really very good. Jazak Allah Khair!!!!

Assalamualikum...please tell me,what do U mean by crushed wheat?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, wheat that is crushed into pieces. :)

salaam fauzia,
what if we are using burgul or burgul, do we need to pressure cook it..? And can it b taken alone with ny bread or chapati..
Thanks for d recipe..

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W/Salaam, yes you need to pressure cook it and we prefer having it alone.

assalamualaikum,im from africa and i find your recipes so interesting and some are really easy to cook and yummy also.May Allah reward you abundantly

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, simply soup with water added into it.


I made this soup and it turned out very good and will definitely make it again. I was just wondering what is the origin of this soup; which culture/country/region does it comes from.

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W/Salaam, thank you! It is primarily an Arabic soup. :)

Made a thicker version of this shorba - with half amount of crushed wheat and half amount oats! :D
followed the exact recipe in the end add some ghee though - tastes yum!
This is going to be my healthy snack for the random cravings i get :D
thank you sooo much fauzia!
jazak Allah khair - may Allah always keep you happy and safe x

thanks for the reciepe, it was good

Slm i wud luv 2 make dis meal 4 my diebetic uncle but i don't a pressure cooker, what do use and how long 'll it take?

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W/Salaam, cook it in a regular open pan, keep the heat low and add water if it looks like it is not yet done and drying out. It would take about double the time or more.

if using burgal how muhc longer should we soak in water 1 hr? and follow the same as mentioned in the recipe. have u tried with burgal?

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No I have not tried with burgal, I would suggest to soak overnight, 1 hour is very short for this recipe.

Mmmm...nice to see this dish here. I cook it in the more time-consuming way though. Only additives being meat, salt and whole spices - card, cinn, cloves and pepper. As kids, we used to have this every day as part of Iftaar duirn Ramadan. My father loves this best served with vinegar, lime or adeni chilli paste :)

salam FAuzia..would like to know how to prepare meat stock.

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W/Salaam, take meat with bones, either lamb or beef or even chicken. Add water to it, a bit of salt, pepper, ginger and garlic pastes and if you want you can also add 1 grated onion and 1 grated tomato. Boil on medium heat or in a pressure cooker until the meat is tender. Drain out the meat and reserve the soup. That soup is known as meat stock.

Assalamualaikum. I am surely going to try this recipe of yours , Inshallah . But can you suggest me some other recipes made of crushed wheat of yours ?

when should i add the boiled meat

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Lastly after the shurba is done. Just add the shredded meat with chopped coriander and stir, warm up for a bit and done.

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really a tasty recipe :D

Is crushed wheat same as cracked wheat??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes exactly. :)

One more thing how many ppl does this recipe serve?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

All servings are mentioned under the pics, right hand side. :)

Aswk. Jst 2 b sure. Wil first boil d meat n u
Use its broth while cooking wheat. Meaning
First meat is cooked only den wheat.right?

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Yes, exactly.

Salaam fauzia I wanted the recipe of surwa, I have eaten this at mamadi recoda when was leaving in mbsa but now I leave in UK so missing out this tastes. The surwa it's like soup pink in colour.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, sorry am not sure what surwa is have never tried it. Is it a gravy?

Assalaamu alaikum

Sis is it garam masala a powder or whole garam masala not also black pepper powder is it?

Sis I don't have garlic paste can I use ginger n garlic paste?

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W/Salaam, the powdered garam masala which is sort of an all spice powdered mix of various spices, sold in most groceries. And yes you can use ginger/garlic paste.