Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Oats Upma

Oats are a type of cereal grains which were previously used as livestock feed but is gaining popularity as one of the most healthy foods for human consumption due to its high fibre content. It can be a good source of proteins for vegetarians. It is also known to reduce cholesterol.
I never got a chance to see or taste Oats while in India although it may be easily available everywhere these days. Even after coming to US i had not purchased oats for many months. Then once when I was chatting with my friend S, she told me to include oats in our diet to obtain its benefits. S is a dietitian and I was taking few tips from her. So finally I brought a pack of oats.
This Upma is the only dish that I have made from oats till now. Hopefully in 2009 i will learn more recipes from Oats.


Instant Oats - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Frozen Peas - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Chopped Tomato - 2 tbsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Chana Dal - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli - 1 slit
Lemon Juice
Coriander Leaves/Cilantro - for garnish
Oil - 2 tsp

Boil the water in a pan.
In the mean while, heat oil in another pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the urad and chana dal and fry till they turn golden. Then add the curry leaves and the onions and fry till the onions turn slightly golden. Now add in the tomatoes and cook till they turn soft. Pour in the boiling water and add the peas. Finally add the oats and some salt. Cover and cook till all the water is absorbed. Keep mixing once or twice in between to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Top it with some lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot.

Variations: If fresh peas are used cook them for longer time in water before adding. One can also use chopped carrots, beans or other veggies in place of peas.

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