• There are three ways to eat your wheat: whole, cracked or ground into flour, and sprouted.
• The simplest way is to cook the wheat as you might cook rice. Simply add soaked wheat with water into a slow-cooker or a pressure cooker, and cook till done. Cooked wheat is chewier than rice but can be had with milk or yoghurt and your choice of grated veggies, chopped fruits, dry fruits or nuts.
• Try toasting the wheat in a dry frying pan, or in the oven, before cooking it. This will enhance the aroma.
• Wheat, broken coarsely, can be used to make upma or even a healthy pulao.
• Wheat flour is used for a variety of dishes like Roti, Bread, Paratha, Sheera, Pasta and Noodles.
• Wheat sprouts can be used par-boiled or boiled in recipes like Wheat Sprout Pancakes, Wheat Sprout Salad, Creamed Sprouts, Hot Cooked Sprout Cereal etc.
• Wheat flakes look similar to rolled oats and can be prepared as a hot breakfast cereal.
• Whole wheat pasta has become very popular and is available in many different types (e.g., spaghetti, spirals, penne, etc.) to suit your recipe needs.
• Whole wheat flour can also be used to make healthy pizza bases.
How to store wheat, whole wheat, gehun
• Wheat should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place.
• Before storing, sort the wheat to remove stones and other debris that might cause the wheat to spoil over time.
• Many prefer to oil it and store it, to preserve for longer. But, if oiled, you have to rinse thoroughly before cooking.
Health benefits of wheat, whole wheat, gehun
Whole wheat is a whole grain and so high in fibre and nutrients. The fibre in it can help to satiate you for long time and thus aid in weight loss. It also lowers the risk of stroke and reduces cholesterol. Whole wheat is a healthier option than rice or maida for diabetics too. However, since whole wheat is also high in carbs, we recommend to combine it with veggies. The insoluble fibre in it adds bulk to stools. It is also a good source of other nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus, zinc etc. Wheat has a gluten in it and so it is not suitable for gluten intolerant people.