Wheat Porridge (Belila)

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Wheat Porridge is an Egyptian morning dish (though it’s also delicious as a snack or a filling dessert). It is a must-try for everyone who enjoys rice and grain meals.
Belila is produced with pearl wheat and served with chopped toasted almonds and a splash of milk in a light syrup with anise seed and golden raisins.
This is a healthy breakfast that tastes like porridge or cereal. It is a popular Egyptian dish among both children and adults. It can be the go-to comfort food at any time of day when you crave something sweet.
Cooked wheat berries should be kept in the fridge undrained. Simply heat the desired amount and pour in the hot milk whenever you’re ready to serve.
Whole-grain porridge dishes such as this, are high in plant-based protein, require little preparation time, and can be customized with your favorite toppings.

Is Wheat Porridge Healthy?

Belila would add relatively little calories to your diet, allowing you to lose weight more easily. The high quantity of fibre in belila is one of its greatest features. It also ensures that your digestive system is in good shape. Fibre helps bowel regularity by adding volume to the stool.

A healthy digestive system is essential for weight loss success. Fibre also gives you a feeling of fullness. It takes the longest to digest and gives you a feeling of fullness, which keeps you from bingeing on other high-fat foods. A standard to medium serving of belila will keep you satisfied till lunchtime.

Preparing Your Wheat Porridge

Before prepping your wheat porridge, you should soak the grains; this is because we need enzymes throughout the digestive process to help break down food, soaking can also help to break down enzyme inhibitors to help improve digestion.

Wheat Porridge (Belila)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 6 cups water divided
  • 1 cup whole wheat berries
  • ¼ cup hot milk or to taste
  • ¼ cup almonds or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon or to taste


  • Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add wheat berries. Cover and remove from heat.
  • Let soak, 6 hours to overnight.
  • Drain.
  • Combine soaked wheat berries with remaining 4 cups water; bring to a boil.
  • Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; let stand until berries pop open, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  • Divide wheat berries among serving bowls.
  • Add a few spoonful of hot milk, a handful of almonds, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to each bowl before serving
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