MASALA OATS

img_1444Hello There. Its a new week and new beginnings. I have seen a huge difference in the way people perceive food these days. People are becoming more health conscious. The original recipes are getting a healthy twist. Deep frying is replaced with air frying. White sugar is replaced with brown sugar.

Anyways lets begin this week with this yummy masala oats. Indians cannot do without masala. We need our food to be a little bit spicy and tangy. I don’t buy flavored oats. Instead I make at home. This is one such recipe.So let’s get cooking.

INGREDIENTS:

Oats – 1 cup

Onion – 1 small

Tomato – 1 medium

Garlic – 2

Ginger – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1 pinch

Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/4 tsp

Sugar – 1 pinch

Pepper Powder – a pinch

Oil – 1 tblspn

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a kadai.
  2. Crackle cumin seeds.
  3. Add chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  4. Add garlic and ginger.
  5. Saute till raw smell leaves.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  7. Add turmeric, chilly and coriander powder and mix well.
  8. Add sugar and salt and mix well.
  9. Switch off the flame.
  10. Take this mixture in blender and puree it.
  11. Take the pureed mixture and add 1 cup water to it.
  12. Add the oats and cook.
  13. Add more water if you like it thin.
  14. Adjust salt and switch off the flame.
  15. Sprinkle little pepper powder.
  16. Serve hot.

Hope you will try and like it. Have a great day ahead. img_1443

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OVERNIGHT OATS WITH MANGO AND CHIA

2We all know Oat is the new ‘in’ thing in food these days.People are experimenting with oats recipes and finding new flavors for it to be incorporated in our daily lives. Have you heard of overnight oats. This involves no cooking of oats. Instead oats is soaked in curd overnight for it to cook and sort of ferment. Then it is served in variety of ways using different types of milk, syrups, fruits, etc.

This recipe is very quick to prepare, healthy and fills you up your tummy. This way of cooking oats gives a different texture and taste to the oats. You may ask whether it is cooked. Yes and it is easily digestible. Do try and see if you like the taste.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Quick Cooking Oats – 1/2 cup
  2. Coconut milk – 1 cup
  3. Curd – 1 tbsp
  4. Ripe Mango –  1
  5. Chia Seeds – 1 tbsp
  6. Honey – 2 tbsp

1INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak half cup oats in half cup water and 1 tbsp curd.
  2. Mix together chia seeds and honey to this and keep it closed on counter top or refrigerate overnight.
  3. Next morning, add coconut milk and mix well.
  4. I also added a little mango puree.

TIPS:

  1. You can use any milk like soy milk, cow’s milk, etc.
  2. You can refrigerate it if you fear your curd will turn sour.
  3. You can add chopped nuts and dry fruits of your choice3

OATS PORRIDGE WITH FRIED RAISINS

IMG_8458My last post on oats porridge was helpful to many mummys out there. This is another oats porridge that your kiddo might enjoy. Even adults can have it occasionally. Oats is fibrous food that makes your stomach feel full and eases up constipation. Raisins too are known to ease up constipation in kids. Small babies are given raisin water when they face constipation.

I have again prepared it with water instead of milk but you can definitely make it with milk.

INGREDIENTS:

Quick Cooking Oats – 1 cup

Raisins – 8-10

Ghee – 1.5 tblspn

Water – 2 cups

Chopped nuts (optional)

Salt as per taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan take oats, 2 cups water and salt. Bring it to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Take it off flame.
  3. In a tadka pan heat ghee.
  4. Once hot add raisins.
  5. Toss them well till it is swollen up.
  6. Pour this over your porridge along with chopped nuts. (You can brown the nuts too in the ghee for added flavor)

It is super simple and takes hardly 10 minutes of your time. Healthy and easy. Oats porridge is quickly prepared and is soothing on a day when you have cough and cold. IMG_8457

 

SOFT FLUFFY OATS IDLI

1During my growing up days no one would have even thought about preparing idli from other ingredients. The revolution we see in food industry is vast. As mentioned in my previous posts, people here are very much into oats. But I don’t like oats porridge. Hence I try to include oats in diet through different means.

This is a simple and quick Oats idli. The best part is no soaking , grinding and fermentation required. Have a go and try this for your breakfast.

3INGREDIENTS:

Powdered oats – 2 cups

Rava – 1 cup

Yogurt/ Curd – 1 cup

Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tblspn

Oil – 2 tblspn

Shallots -2 medium

Roughly Curry Leaves – 1 stem

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Salt as needed

Water as required

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take powdered oats in a bowl along with rava, curd, coriander leaves and salt and mix well. Add water as required to make a smooth paste.
  2. In a tadka pan heat oil.
  3. Once oil is hot splutter mustard seeds.
  4. Add in chopped shallots and let it fry till light brown.
  5. Add asafoetida and curry leaves.Take it off flame and add it to the oats bowl.
  6. Mix well. Add little water to make thick batter of pouring consistency.
  7. Grease the idli plates. Heat the idli maker with water.
  8. Add the baking soda in the oats mixture and mix well.
  9. Pour the batter on the wells of the idli plate and steam it till a toothpick inserted comes out clean ( approx 6-8 minutes)
  10. Remove the plates and let it cool for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Now dip a sharp edged spoon in room temperature water.
  12. Use this spoon to take the idlis out by running it under the idlis.
  13. The idlis will come out smoothly without breaking or sticking to the plates.

Enjoy with peanut coconut chutney.

TIPS:

  1. You can add veggies like carrots, beans, beetroot to these idlis.
  2. If you like your tadka with lentils like gram dal or urad dal then add them too.
  3. You can also add chopped cashew to your tadka.
  4. If you like your idlis spicy then add chopped green chilli.4

 

 

 

OATS PORRIDGE WITH CARAMELIZED APPLE

IMG_8477When I came to Kerala around five years back I noticed a revolution of oats supply here. People regularly have oats porridge with milk. Especially for babies and people with health reasons, oats have become a regular dish.

I am not very much into oats. But I know oats is healthy. How to make it yummy is always a challenge. I learned from experience that if kids suffer from constipation oats porridge is the best food since it is fibrous.

This is a simple oats porridge with caramelized apples and without milk. If your kid is used to milk then you can prepare it with milk. Some kids tend to have cough congestion with milk intake. Also milk is known to increase constipation.

INGREDIENTS:

Quick Cooking Oats – 1 cup

Sugar  – 2 tblspn or as per taste

Chopped Apple – 1/2 cup

Powdered jaggery – 1 cup

Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp

Salt as per taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan take oats, 2 cups water, cinnamon and salt. Bring it to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Take it off flame.
  3. In a pan take thinly chopped apples and powdered jaggery.
  4. Cook on low flame.
  5. Remove from flame when the apples have become sticky and nicely caramelized.
  6. Add it to the oats and mix well.
  7.  Serve it warm

Oats porridge is quickly prepared and is soothing on a day when you have cough and cold. IMG_8478

CHOCO WHEAT OATS EGG-LESS PANCAKES

3I am loving pancakes. I never thought I would be making pancakes. I never thought I would even taste pancakes. Once I had bought store bought pancake mix but didn’t like it much. Now I am making all sorts of pancakes.

This is wheat and oats pancakes. It will be kids favorite since I have added Chocolate.

I was not getting choco chips here from quite a few weeks. I still did not get choco chips. So I managed with dairy milk chocolate chopped up finely.

Recipe source here

1INGREDIENTS:

Wheat Flour – 1 cup

Instant oats – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1 cup

Yogurt/Curd – 3 tblspn

Baking Powder – 2 tsp

Sugar – 2 tblspn

Olive Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Chocolate Chips/ Chopped chocolates – As desired

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take milk, curd, sugar, oil and salt in a bowl and whisk well.
  2. Take another bowl and add wheat flour, oats and baking powder and mix well.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the second bowl and mix well.
  4. Add in desired amount of chocolate chips and mix.
  5. Heat butter in a pan.
  6. Pour a little batter on the pan.
  7. Once the bottom is golden turn and let it cook on other side.
  8. Remove from pan and start piling up.
  9. Serve hot with honey or maple syrup. Enjoy.

TIPS:

  1. Taste the sweetness of the batter as per your or your kids taste.
  2. You can replace olive oil with melted butter.
  3. Additionally you can add chocolate shavings on top.
  4. Try with white chocolate if your taste buds permit.2