Breakfast is the first meal of the day and, therefore, it is important that it is healthy and nutritious. Choosing breakfast recipes, which would suit the taste buds of all family members, especially the little ones, and are healthy as well is a tough task for most women. It becomes all the more difficult for working mothers, as they have to rush to work as well.
When we talk of nutrition, what can be a better option than oats! Oats are considered healthier than other grains and provide pure and complete nutrition. Also, they are quick to cook, lower in calories and make a fulfilling breakfast.
Here are some quick oats recipes that can make your lives healthier and easier:
- Masala Oats: Dry roast a cup of oats till they turn golden brown. In another pan, heat some oil and add cumin. Now, add ginger, garlic and one finely chopped onion. When the onions are fried, add some vegetables such as carrot, beans and peas. Sauté the veggies for few minutes and then add two finely chopped tomatoes, salt and turmeric. When the tomatoes are cooked well, add red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix well for 2-3 minutes and then add a cup of water. When the water starts boiling, add oats and mix well. Then, cover and cook. When done, add some coriander leaves. You can also add some ghee to enhance the taste. Your masala oats is ready to serve with chutney of your choice.
- Oats Vegetable Porridge: Chop vegetables of your choice. Some preferred vegetables for this recipe are potatoes, carrots and peas. Add roasted or plain oats to the vegetables. Now, add water, salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients and cook till the vegetables are done. If you are in a hurry, you can also cook this porridge in a pressure cooker. Just give a whistle and your delicious porridge is ready to be served. To enhance the taste, you can also add cumin, mustard and curry leaves seasoning to the porridge.
- Oats Dosa: Add ½ cup ground oats to ½ cup rice flour. Instead of ½ cup rice flour, you can also take ¼ cup of rice flour and an equal amount of wheat flour or semolina. Now, add salt, chopped green chilli, onion and curry leaves, cumin, crushed ginger, 2-3 spoons of curd and water. Mix well to form a free flowing batter. Spread the batter on a greased pan and make yummy dosas. You can also add potato stuffing to the dosa and serve in the form of masala dosa. Serve with Sāmbhar and/or chutney.
- Oats Uttapam: Add ½ cup oats to ¼ cup of rice flour or semolina. Now, add salt, water and 2-3 spoons of curd. Mix well to form a dosa-like batter. Heat a greased pan and spread a ladle of batter. Top with veggies such as chopped onion, grated carrots, green chillies and coriander leaves. Cook on both sides and serve with chutney.
- Oats Upma: Dry roast the oats in a pan. In another pan, add a little oil. When heated, add cumin, mustard, chana dal, urad dal, peanuts, hing, curry leaves, green chillies. Fry till the dals turn golden. Then, add some finely chopped veggies, such as carrots, beans and peas. When the veggies are done, add roasted oats, salt and water. Mix for 2-3 minutes or until the oats are cooked well. Add lemon juice and coriander. You can also add grated coconut. Serve with chutney or yogurt.
- Oats Idli: To make oats idlis, add ½ cup semolina to a cup of oats. Then, add ¼ cup of curd, a cup of water, salt, ½ tsp of baking soda and some grated/chopped veggies, such as carrot, beans and peas to the batter. Check the consistency of the batter and add them to greased idli plates. Cook the idlis on a gas stove or microwave. Serve them with chatni and/or sambhar. For enhanced taste, you can also add mustard and curry leaves seasoning to your idlis.
I generally use Quaker Oats for all my cooking for they are hygienically packaged without any preservatives & adulteration and ensure that the oats do not lose their natural nutrient benefits.