Bohras have their own accumulation of desserts and one of them that turns up on every Islamic birthday in the family or for the new beginnings is Thuli. This sweet dish has an age old significance of being auspicious, that is being followed as a part of tradition from generations ago. Thuli is prepared from cracked wheat {also known an bulgor} and key ingredients such as jaggery and ghee {clarified butter}. Roasting the broken wheat in ghee, gives Thuli it’s rich brown color and intense flavor while jaggery adds exquisite sweetness alongwith some great impressive benefits like being an energy booster, helping the body in flushing out bad toxins, aiding in digestion and so on.

Cracked wheat or Bulgor is believed to have been originated in the Mediterranean region including some of the Middle Eastern countries from where Bohra food takes it’s huge inspiration from. It is a super food on its own, packed with nutrients and is low in calories which is why it is advisable to add cracked wheat more to our diet.

There couldn’t have been a better post to start 2018 with other than Thuli, that isn’t only a nourishing sweet but the one that holds a huge customary belief of new beginnings in a Bohra household.

Thuli - a sweet dish from cracked wheat and jaggery
Prep Time
4 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
34 mins

A traditional Bohra sweet dish, that is full of nutritive benefits.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bohra Cuisine
Servings: 2 people
Author: Tasneem Rajkotwala
  • 250 gms cracked wheat or bulgor
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated
  • 2 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
  • 1 tbsp dry coconut, grated {use fresh if unavailable}
  • 1 cup water
  1. Heat ghee in a cooking pot and add cracked wheat to it. Keep roasting until you get a darker color, approximately for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add jaggery and mix well. Add water. Cover and let it simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test for sweetness. Pour in a serving plate and garnish with dry grated coconut. Serve hot.

4 thoughts on “Thuli – Bohra sweet dish for special occasions”

  1. Thanks for the recipe. Would be definitely trying this one.
    Any suggestions where this cracked wheat will be available in Mumbai?

  2. Hi!
    Can I use any other type of sugar instead of jaggery? If yes, the same amount? I don’t think I can find it where I live. thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Carolina. You can use sugar but there will be a slight difference in change and jaggery has more earthy flavor when it caramelizes. Try looking up in an Asian grocery store if you have anything nearby. Using sugar is fine too.

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