Friday, August 19, 2011

Oats Upma

Oats, called jaee or javi in Hindi, is a grain which grows in cereal plants. There are many nutritional and medicinal benefits of eating oats. Oats contain in them Vitamin B1, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber and the goodness of soy protein. Oats are commonly used in breakfast to start a healthy and strong day. There are many other benefits of oats as well. They help in controlling cholesterol, diabetes and prevention of cardiovascular problems. Also, if you want to loose weight then oats will be a good addition in your diet plan. There are many recipes of cooking oats. Following is the Indian styled oats recipe, which is oats upma. Upma is a popular South Indian breakfast meal. Together with oats, it tastes quite exotic.

  • One cup of Oats
  • Half cup of sujee or semolina or rawa
  • 2 cups of mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, cauliflower, spring onion, capsicum, all finely chopped)
  • One teaspoon of rai (mustard seeds)
  • One teaspoon of urad daal (black gram lentil)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Half teaspoon of haldi (turmeric powder)
  • Three to four kurry patta (curry leaves strings)
  • Three to four hari mirch (green chilli, finely chopped)
  • 1 medium sized onion (finely chopped)
  • Two to three tablespoons oil
  • Raisins or kishmish for garnishing (optional)
Preparation Process:
Boil all the mixed vegetables with a pinch of salt. Roast sujee in a pan (without oil) until a pleasant aroma rise and take it out in a bowl. Pour oil in a pan and add rai. When starts cracking, add urad daal, kishmish, hari mirch and curry leaves. Fry them well and add onions. When onions start changing their color, add boiled vegetables and half cup of water and let it cook. When water boils, add semolina, haldi and salt and a little water and cover the pan with lid. After 10 to 15 minutes, add oats in it and a little more water and let it cook until the water absorbs and it gets done. Serve hot with fresh coriander garnishing.

Yes, oats upma is this much simple!

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