People are crazy about eating healthy food these days (I am no exception!). I generally buy a kilogram of oats every alternate month & look out for dishes to satisfy my taste buds. I, being a "not-so-big-fan" of oats, look for smart ways of consuming the oats. During one such search, I found the oats upma recipe in Saffola Oats book.
Don't get alarmed by the exorbitant list of ingredients. They are all common ingredients & always stored at your pantry!
Preparation time: 10mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Serves: 1 hungry me (my hubby is always "no" to oats. Hoping to change him soon :D)
Quick cooking oats: 1 cup
Water: 1.5 cups
Avarekai/Surtipapdi/Flat beans: 1 tbsp, optional ( I had them handy, then used them)
Chopped capsicum: 1 tbsp
Finely chopped onion: 1 tbsp
Tomato: 1 no(small one), chopped
Green chillies: 2-3 nos
Ginger: 1/4th tsp, grated
Curry leaves: 6-8 nos
Ghee/Clarified butter: 2 tsp
Oil: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/4 tsp
Urad dal: 1 tsp
Cashew nuts: 1 tsp, broken
Turmeric: a pinch
Salt: Adjust to taste
Sugar: 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves: 1 tsp, chopped
- Toast the oats for 1-2 minutes in the microwave |OR| use the stove top to roast the oats lightly. Keep it aside.
- Boil the water.
- Meantime, prepare the tempering. Heat oil + ghee in a kadai. When oil is hot, throw in mustard & cumin seeds, urad dal & cashew nuts. When nuts turn golden brown, add the curry leaves & green chillies.
- When curry leaves become crisp, add the onion & ginger. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until the onion changes its color (no need to brown the onions!).
- Add the tomato & saute for another 30 secs.
- Throw in the capsicum & saute again.
- Add the boiling water to the tempering. Follow with turmeric, salt & sugar.
- Finally add the toasted oats & cook the oats covered on a low heat for 2 minutes.
- Turn off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves & enjoy.