Oats are not much of a favorite among children and adults alike. Whenever we think of oats, it is the same old recipe which comes to our mind – milk/water-boiled oats with added sugar or salt. Considering this mindset of the people, a bunch of companies like Saffola, Quaker, etc. gave a new twist to the oats and added different flavors to help oats regain its lost popularity.
But apart from these ready-to-eat flavored oats, we can also prepare some lip-smacking dishes with this cereal in the comfort of our homes. With these recipes, you will surely be convinced that oats is much more than being just a porridge.
1. Oats Upma: It is the healthiest recipe to begin your day. It is loaded with the goodness of oats and you can add your favorite veggies to make it more tempting.
Recipe using quick cook oats- Heat some oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, peanuts, chana dal and hing. After the dal has turned brown, add onions, veggies, and green chillis. Cook them until they soften. Add the required amount of oats in the pan with some salt. Sprinkle some water over the oats and cover the pan with a lid for 2-3 minutes. Serve with coriander leaves and some lemon juice.
Recipe using rolled oats – Wash the rolled oats with cold water and then drain the complete water from the oats. Keep it aside. Heat some oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, peanuts, chana dal and hing. After the dal has turned brown, add onions, veggies, and green chillis. Cook them until the veggies soften. Add the washed oats and add some salt to it. Cook it for 7-8 minutes. Serve with coriander leaves and some lemon juice.
2. Honey oats cookies: If you are a cookie lover but skip eating it due to high calories present in them, well no worries. The honey oat cookies are best for you. It not only tempts your taste buds, its nutritious content will keep you low in calories.
Recipe- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together 3 tablespoons of butter, one egg, ½ a cup of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons honey, and 2 tablespoon of water in a bowl. Then add about one 1 ½ cup of oats in this mixture along with ½ a cup flour, ½ a teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of baking soda. Put teaspoonfuls of this mixture on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 13-15 minutes. Relish!
3. Oats kheer: Nothing can go well in Indian desserts than a bowl of kheer. Kheer made with rice has gained a lot of popularity and is a common dessert served in the Indian cuisines. But we also cannot ignore the fact that this dessert is plenty in calories. Replacing rice with oats in this dish raises the nutrient content in this dessert.
Recipe- Roast oats in a pan for about 5-6 minutes and then set aside. In the same pan, add milk, cardamom, pinch of saffron, sugar, almond, cashews, and raisins. Let it boil for 4-5 minutes until the fragrance of cardamom and saffron takes over the milk. Add oats to the milk and again boil it for some time until the mixture thickens. Add your favorite fruits to the kheer and serve hot/cool.
4. Oats Dosa: Oats dosa is a quick, healthy, and tasty recipe to include in our breakfast, lunch or dinner menu.
Recipe – Grind the oats in a blender to make a thin powder. In a bowl, combine oats powder with rice flour, salt, cumin seeds, chopped onions, ginger, and green chilies, curry and coriander leaves. Add some curd and water to make a free flowing mixture. Heat the dosa tava and grease it with some oil. Pour the batter on the dosa tava and sprinkle some oil on the edges of the dosa. Flip the dosa until it is crisp. Serve it with chutney of your choice.
5. Oats Pancake: Pancakes are generally made with refined wheat flour and contain good amounts of gluten in them. But the pancakes made with 100 % oats flour are not just healthy but also free from gluten. These delicious and fluffy pancakes are ideal to be served on the breakfast table.
Recipe- Grind the oats in the blender to make a fine powder. In a mixing bowl, mix this oat flour, baking powder, and salt. You can also add cinnamon powder if you love its taste. Add eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla essence, and sugar in the dry mixture. Grease the pan with oil and pour a ladle of this mixture. Cook it well on both the sides. Garnish with liquid chocolate, honey, or maple syrup.
6. Oats Parantha: Parantha is an essential breakfast recipe in every Indian household. It is smeared in butter and served with curd on the breakfast table. Oats gives a complete new variant to the throbbing varieties of paranthas.
Recipe- Grind the oats in a blender into a fine powder. Add oats flour, wheat flour, turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt, and ajwain in a bowl. Knead this mixture well with some warm water to make dough. Rest this dough for about 15-20 minutes. Make paranthas and serve with mango pickle.
7. Oats Omelet: Omelet with paranthas or breads is the ideal breakfast recipe on weekends or holidays. It is not only rich in proteins but also keeps your stomach full for hours. Adding oats to the omelet mixture increases its fibre content and promotes a healthy living.
Recipe – Mix together oats flour, salt, turmeric, chilly powder, and pepper powder in a bowl. Now beat some eggs in this mixture until frothy. Add onions, capsicum, green chilies, tomato, and coriander leaves in the batter. Heat some oil in a pan and pour this mixture. Cook the omelet and serve.
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