Hey Gals !!!!
How did you start your day today? How do you start your mornings? On a regular basis I depend on smoothies, smoothie bowls and porridges for my breakfast. Usually oatmeal, broken wheat, semolina, quinoa, flax seed, fruits, greens are the mains which occupy my breakfast table. There are two reasons for this. First and foremost is the health factor and secondly I dont prefer the regular heavy Indian breakfast which is partly heavy in carbs. But this doesnt mean I dont have these. I have all the different varieties of Indian breakfasts too at intervals. When in India, I totally become an Indian. But when I’m back home to my nest, I try to balance my diet as the exercising part keeps fluctuating due to my multi tasking schedules.
In tune with this style, today I’m presenting a savory porridge with oats. Oats in porridge form, smoothie form and overnight are the popular ones. In India we make, oats dosa, idli, appam and what not. As age advances so do your taste buds. Though I’m a sweet tooth person, my hubby is not. He prefers savory food than sweet especially in the mornings. So for me it becomes a ncessary to find out low carb healthy options for him. This is how I started making savory oats which is a bit spicy, tangy and creamy as well. There are different versions for this savory oats which I’ll be adding on in my later posts.
Right from the initial stage, I’m doing it a bit differently. Instead of saoking the oats in water or milk, I’m roasting it so that the gooey nature gets reduced to some extent. You can dry roast this till you get a nutty aroma. Dry roast the oats first and keep it cool down for attaining a well cooked soft but firm oats. Try to add stock as far as possible as this will add on to the flavor. Since I preferred a vegetarian oats, I added vegetable stock, which is nutritious too. Those who want that meaty flavor can add chicken or meat stock.
This oats recipe can be made vegan too. Either skip the milk part or you can add a plant based milk. Avoid butter/ghee, instead for any other seed oils or cashew butter or plant based fat. Now coming to the spice part, I’ve added a tad amount of onions, chillies, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric and chilli powders along with a generous amount of tomatoes to give that spicy, tangy, sour taste. Addition of stock and milk add on to the richness of the oats and balancing of the flavors along with inclusion of all tastes.
Fresh coriander and fried onions round off this dish to a perfect breakfast which can be filling and satisfactory. This is a filling meal which will keep your hunger pangs away for a long time. It also boosts your energy and keep you active throughout the day. Addition, permutation and combinations can be done according to one’s personal preference. A fair amount of fat, fibre, protein and calcium is included in this porridge. Finally if you are a morning work out person, you can make a habit of having this for your breakfast.
In a frying pan add the rolled oats. Dry roast till toasted lightly and set aside.
Add a dab of butter. Melt and swirl around the saucepan. Add the onions. Saute till pink in color. Add a slit chilli. Combine and cook for 2 minutes adding salt.
Add the ginger garlic paste. Saute till ginger and garlic turns fragrant and until the onion turns slightly golden in color. Add the powders. Give a thorough stir. Fry till the powders are roasted and aromatic.
Then go on to add the tomatoes. Combine everything and cook till the tomatoes are pulpy.
Add the vegetable stock. Mix up and allow this to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.Add the toasted Oats. Mix homogeneously. Simmer till the oats is soft and cooked.
Add the milk at this stage. Combine it with the spiced oats. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Keep stirring as often as possible until a porridge consistency is obtained. Adjust salt during this time.
Sprinkle the cardamom powder and the garam masala powder and give a quick stir. Finally add an handful of fresh cilantro. Give a quick mix and cook for further one minute
Garnish with fried Onions
Serve hot and Enjoy an healthy low carb breakfast.