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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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