Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thayir Oats

Oats is full of fiber that helps remove the bad cholesterol. Also, recent studies have shown that it has a specific type of antioxidants that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. On top of all this, any dish which has oats as its primary ingredient is normally easy to prepare. If you have "moar milagai" (sun dried green chillies that are soaked in buttermilk prior to drying them), it tastes out of the world with this dish, but again, it is not a requirement. Since I don't quite like oats with milk and sugar, I use thayir/dahi/plain yogurt instead.

Ingredients (1 serving):

Oats (not oatmeal) - a handful
Plain yogurt (also called thayir in Tamil) - 3 to 4 tablespoons
More milagai - 3 to 4 (can vary this based on your taste)
(You can use dried red chillies or green chillies as well)
Cooking oil - 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a pinch
Cilantro (optional) - a few strands finely chopped
(I use cilantro only if I don't have moar milagai)
Salt to taste

Procedure:

1. Microwave oats with water (just enough to cover the oats) in a bowl for about 1.5 minutes (could be a little more or less based on the power level of your microwave).
2. In a small pan, heat some cooking oil, pop mustard seeds, add dried red chillies or green chillies and asafoetida after the mustard pops and transfer the contents to the oats bowl from step 1. If using "moar milagai", after the mustard pops you can simply add the asafoetida, transfer the contents to the oats bowl and fry the "more milagai" in the same pan until it turns dark brown in color. Now, crush the "moar milagai" by hand and add it to the oats bowl.
3. Add plain yogurt and salt to the oats bowl, mix the contents well and serve :-).

Note:
The same item can be prepared with aval/poha. If using aval, just soak 1/2 cup (using a measuring cup) of aval in hot water (enough to cover it) for about 5 - 7 minutes and follow steps 2 and 3 from the above procedure.

This serves as a quick, healthy and tasty breakfast for me on most of the working days :-). It may look a little mushy, but trust me, it tastes great!

10 comments:

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice rceipe. new to me...sapdnum pola iruku :)

Anupama said...

@ Mahimaa: Thanks Mahi... I simply love it... actually my great grandmother used to have this for palakaram...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow,lotsa fiber and yogurt in oats should make this a perfect dish for summer....

srikars kitchen said...

wow. thayir aval type. looks perfect..

Anupama said...

@ Ramya: Yes Ramya, my Mom was the one who first tried this since I said "no no" to oats with milk :-)

@ Srikars: Thank you :-)... well said, this goes well with aval as well...

Sweta said...

Ho-this is so cool!! Such an Indian touch to oats:)

Anupama said...

@ Sweta: I love oats this way. I used to take oats with milk once in a while without much liking but only because it is good for health, before my Mom suggested this way :-)

lata raja said...

Anupama all three posts in this are very good.'student friendly' as my daughter would call it.Thank you for putting all these up.

Anupama said...

@ Lata Raja: I completely agree with you on the "student friendly" part as I started making them when I was a student myself. Thanks for stopping by!!! :-) And, please do let me know if your daughter liked them.

Divya Vikram said...

Thanks for sending your breakfast recipe to "Show Me Your Breakfast Event"!