Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oats Upma

My sister told me that she had made upma with oats & it was really tasty. I have been thinking of making it myself, since I saw the recipe here. So the next day I went shopping and bought a box of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. I followed Suganya's recipe for the basics & the rest I did what I usually do, tossed in ingredients that I thought would go with the dish.

Ingredients
Old-fashioned Oats - 1 cup
Water - 1.5 cups
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 large
Carrot - 1/2 cup
Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Green chili - 1 large
Mustard - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Hing - 1 big pinch
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil or Ghee

Preparation
Dice onion, tomato & carrot, slit chili lengthwise
Heat oil in a skillet, splutter mustard & jeera, add channa & urad dals, saute till dals turn brown
Add hing & green chili, saute for a minute
Add onion, saute till it turns transparent, then add other vegetables & peanuts
Saute for a few minutes
Add garam masala and saute till the raw-powder-smell is gone
Pour water and bring to a boil
Add salt
Add oats and stir well.
Cook on low-flame for 10-15 minutes, or till the oats are cooked
Serve with yoghurt

I made this upma with ghee instead of oil, however that is because upma is not my most favourite food! Ghee does give it a nice flavor, but I am sure this upma tastes just as great made with oil.

The oats were nice & chewy and the peanuts & dals gave a nice crunch to the dish. Me, a person not known for her like of upma, loved this dish. Oats Upma will now be a regular in my kitchen!

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