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A bowl of wheat berries with milk
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Wheat berries recipe, Egyptian Belila

A nutritious Egyptian style hot cereal. Wheat berries breakfast bowl, sweetened to your perfection and loaded with nuts and dried fruits.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 35 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Amira


  • 1 cup Wheat berries washed thoroughly with cold water.
  • 5-6 cups of water.

For serving:

  • Milk sweetener of your choice, dried or fresh fruits and nuts.

For flavoring:

  • Rose water cinnamon, orange blossom water, vanilla, nutmeg or any extract you like.


  • In a deep bowl add the wheat berries and cover with almost 4 cups of cold water. Let it soak overnight. Note1
  • Drain wheat berries, and place in a pot, add the remaining 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for almost 30 minutes or for them to soften and splay.
  • Drain keeping about 1/4 cup of water in the pot to keep the wheat berries moistened.
  • Enjoy with hot milk and you favorite serving options.


Note1:If you do not have time or forgot to soak your wheat berries you can start by cooking them and watch out for the water level every now and then until it is done to your perfections.
Nutrition is calculated without the added milk/sweeteners and nuts.
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Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 6mg