Friday, March 11, 2011

Savory Oatmeal Porridge With Veggies

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While I love to eat my Oatmeal with plenty of dates and mixed berries in the morning, MIL didn't relish the idea of eating such a sweet breakfast. So I initially made this savory version a few months ago, with plenty of vegetables, which closely resembles "Rava Kichidi/Kedgeree" that everyone loves in the family..Hubby polished off the whole bowl in under five minutes with a dash of hot sauce. MIL took an instant liking to this dish and persuaded me to make it often to which I happily obliged. When she flew back home,she left with huge cartons of rolled oats from Costco. Now she fondly tells me how she and FIL eat this on a weekly basis.
While MIL and I didn't necessarily vibrate in the same frequency all the time, she and I had a few things in common.. One being that she loved to experiment with food and so do I. We were exchanging plenty of recipes and it was a very good learning experience for me. Today while I was talking to her she asked the recipe for my favorite Red Lentil Soup that I had made while she was visiting. She said she was thinking about including it as a new breakfast option. Now I am already looking forward to her next visit where I plan on treating her to many different cuisines and tickling her "Very Indian" Palate. :)

Ingredients(For 5-6 Servings):
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • A handful of Green Haricot Beans
  • 1 Large Red Onion
  • 3-4 Hot Green Chilies
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh or Frozen Green Peas
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3-1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1/2 Cup Milk or more
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt as needed
  • Peel the Carrots and cut into matchsticks. Halve the beans and cut them into 1" length pieces. Cut the onions and green chilies vertically. Roughly mince the garlic.
  • In a pan, heat 3 tbsp of oil and add the mustard seeds. When they start sputtering add the onions and saute till translucent.Soon-after add the green chilies,minced garlic and fry for a minute or so.
  • Throw the cut carrots and beans and fry for 4-5 minutes.Stir in the green peas.
  • Add the rolled oats to the pan and fry for a minute.
  • Pour the warm water and milk. Sprinkle in the salt and lid the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the oats are cooked.
  • Add more milk if a gooey consistency is preferred.Check for taste and add more salt if necessary. Add cracked pepper for a more robust flavor.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl immediately and eat while its pleasantly warm.
Makes 5-6 Servings.

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  1. wow...Such a healthy version of it...Thanks for sharing with us...My fav...

  2. What a cool idea! Definitely puts a very interesting spin on boring old oats!

  3. Awesome way to include veggie in the diet.

  4. wow what a fun recipe very creative sounds like the relationship with my MIL :0)

  5. Hi CL..
    This really looks boosted with the "healthy " note..lookin forth to try it out soon..

  6. Healthy n delicious this savory version of oat meal..

  7. veg n oats...gr8 combination dear....sounds delicious n healthy.

  8. Wow, this is rich n colorful, I will surely try them!

  9. Such a healthy n one pot dish.. love it i make a similar version..

  10. I am definitely going to try this out, looks very yummy and healthy. I too like savory stuff in any meal except dessert course :)

  11. delicious healthy porridge we make it a little more watery during fasting
    looks wonderful

  12. Iam sure its a best choice for breakfast. will try for sure.. thanks :)

  13. Woww wat a wonderful and filling porridge, marvellous..

  14. This has equally veggies with oats,sounds very nice,will try out!

  15. Wow this is a cool idea :). Healthy and nutritious and filling too..

  16. such a healthy and yummy breakfast!...wholesome and nutritious too!...I would love to have it with some mango pickle!.yum!
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  17. Never though that Oats can be used in this way too! Lovely recipe, CL.

    Lite Bite


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