Trust me when I say I’m no cook. At best I’m pretty average but sometimes I do hit the ball out of the park which I’m still figuring out if it is a hidden talent or just plain getting lucky. Well, keeping with the lucky streak (*hoping it is not, but a hidden talent, sigh) I’m here with a twist on a classic breakfast/snack dish Called as Upma made with Semolina (Rava as we call it).
In this classic dish all I have done is replaced Semolina with Oats, and the result was a pretty decent delicious Upma. For this the ingredients are as follows (serves 1 portion):
- 200 gms oats
- 1/4 tsp of whole Mustard seeds
- Pinch of afesodetia (it’s really smelly, but imparts the much-needed flavour and is great for digestion)
- 2 Tbsp of oil
- 1/4 cup of yoghurt
- 1 green chilli cut into 1 inch squares (optional)
- Salt as per taste
- 1 cup of water
In a bowl whip the yoghurt and water together to form a smooth consistency with no yoghurt lumps and keep aside. In a deep pan, heat up the oil and add the Mustard seeds. Once the Mustard seeds begin to crackle, add the afesodetia and the green chilli.( I add this for a little bit of heat and flavour, as I wasn’t adding any veggies today)
Let this sizzle for 30 sec and then reduce the flame and add the yoghurt and water mixed before into the deep pan. Bring this again to a boil, but keep moving it with a spoon. Once it’s up to a boil, add the oats and salt as much as you need. Bring this to a simmer and cook until the oats are cooked. Add more water if required to cook the oats.
And voila, quick simple oats with yoghurt are ready. Now, this is a simple version, but you can add veggies after you temper the mustard seeds. Simply add in finely diced carrots, beans, cauliflower, and peas after tempering with a cup of water and simmer till they soften out. Post which you can add the yogurt once they are softened without diluting it with water like I did, and continue with the rest of adding oats and salt. Always adjust and add water if you think it is needed.
I hope you all liked this savoury option of oats and do try them out.