About two years back, one of my colleagues, who is very diet conscious, brought Maggi masala oats. Before that, I only used to make sweet oats porridge, due to goodness of oats and not because of its taste. But after tasting masala oats, I just fell in love with them. Even the advertisement of masala oats says ” tukdo pe jeena chhodo”. Oats can be made innovatively by making changes in either the types of vegetables used or the masala added for cooking. Any masala of your choice could be used like pav bhaji masala, sambar masala, chat masala etc. These vegetables and masalas make it more appetizing and it can rightly be said ‘taste bhi and health bhi’.
The health benefits offered by oats are countless.
- These are rich in dietary fiber especially beta-glucan which controls blood sugar level. So these should be included by diabetic patients in their diet.
- Lignin in oats reduces the hormone-related cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.
- A cup of oats daily helps to lower bad cholesterol, thus preventing heart diseases.
Rather than just discussing the benefits of oats, why not to dig into your pantry, taking out all the required ingredients and try the recipe to treat yourself and your family.
Masala oats recipe
- Quick oats 1/2 cup
- Oil 1 table spoon
- Water 1 cup, boiling hot
- Onion 1/4 cup, chopped
- Ginger 1/4 teaspoon, grated
- Chilli 1, chopped
- Peas 1/4 cup
- Carrot 1/4 cup, chopped
- Capsicum 1/4 cup, chopped
- Potato 1, small, boiled and diced
- Corns 1/4 cup
- Tofu 1/4 cup, cubed
- Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
- Pav bhaji masala 1 teaspoon
- Salt according to taste
- Coriander leaves for garnishing
Take 1 tablespoon of oil in another pan. Add onion and grated ginger. Saute it for a few minutes till raw smell of onion and ginger goes away.
Add carrots followed by corns, capsicum green chili, boiled potato and finally tomato. Saute it at medium heat till the vegetables get cooked and become a bit mushy.
Add spices and oats. Stir to mix properly.
Add 1 cup of boiled water and cook till whole water is absorbed.
My daughter was having toothache so she wanted to have some thing so soft that she should be able to just slur it up. So I added another cup of water i.e. in all 2 cups of water for half cup of oats. You can adjust the amount of water according to your preferences. I am uploading both the pics i.e. with 1 cup as well as with 2 cups of water.