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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Oats Upma (Porridge - South Indian Style)

               Oatmeal is a very versatile cereal and can be had in many forms. One of them is as an Indian style upma / porridge. The addition of sprouts, shredded chicken, onion, ginger and other spices makes it very yummy and healthy. I flavoured it with some sambar powder. You can go ahead and add any veggies of your choice. It is a diabetic friendly cereal and also laden with fibre, so a good breakfast option.

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tsp. ghee
  • 2 tbsp. oil 
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. urad dal
  • 1 tbsp. chana dal
  • 1/4 tsp. asafoetida
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1-2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. sambar powder
  • 1/4 cup mixed sprouts, steamed
  • 1/4 cup boiled & shredded chicken
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped

          Heat the ghee in a pan and roast the oats for a minute till you get a nice aroma. Keep aside. 

          Heat oil and temper with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red chili. After it stops spluttering, add urad dal, asafoetida and chana dal. Sauté till the dal changes colour. 

          Add the onion, ginger, curry leaves and green chilies. Sauté till light brown. Now add all the dry spices and give it a toss. 

          Add the sprouts and chicken. Mix well and sauté for a minute. Add the oats and 1 cup water. Cook, on a low flame till it thickens. 

          Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with coconut chutney for a nice healthy breakfast. 


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