10 different ways to cook Oats and stay healthy

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Eating Oats for breakfast is healthy for your body & It can even help you slash a few of those kilos. But, the Oats are so unglamorous that they seldom find their way on to your cooking agenda. This is where you will find 10 different ways to cook Oats & stay healthy.

So, I asked a few friends of mine on how they cook or like to cook their oats & I was simply astonished to find so many different ways to cook Oats. Here’s all that you can do to stay healthy with Oats.

Oats & dry fruits

Oatmeal with Dryfruits, Honey & a spoonful of imagination

Mix a portion of oats with raisins, cashews, honey & milk. Add a spoonful of your imagination, says Vandesh Jajoo & cook it on a medium to high flame. Eat it while its warm, like porridge.

Cook Oats and stay healthy

You can even enjoy your Oatmeal in this rather imaginative way. Chetan Deshpande, one of Pune’s renowned digital marketers enjoys his oats mixed with milk cream, almonds, honey, and cheese. He tops it up with a generous helping of dry fruits.

The Indian Oats – Dosa, Idli & some spicy Oatmeal

Spicy Oatmeal with Carrots and Onions

I was hungry and there was Oats on my kitchen shelf, says Amruta, A musician par excellence. So I decided to make something spicy and tasteful out of it. So, I dry roasted the oats and blended them quickly in my food processor. I chopped onions and a carrot. I made a nice batter out of these ingredients, added a few handy spices from my kitchen shelf and prepared a nice dosa (Ghaawan). When I asked Manasi, all she said was – Don’t try the sugary oatmeal. Spice it up with some chilies, lemon, and coriander



 

Oatmeal Dosa & some Green Chutney

Grind some oats in your blender, Add a little gram flour to it. Mix it up with some onion, chilies, turmeric, salt, coriander, some water and form it into a nice batter. Cook it on a pan. This savory preparation suited my palate much more than an Oatmeal with milk. I love to serve it for breakfast along with some green chutney, says Shruti.

 

Oats and Rava Idli

When I asked Pallavi, She asked me to make some Oats Rava idli. Here’s a quick recipe:

Ingredients
Oats flour- 1 tbsp
Semolina (Rava)- 1 tbsp
Curd- 1 tbsp
Grated ginger- 1/2 tsp
Finely chopped green chilies- 1 Tsp
Finely chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves- 1 tbsp
Salt- as per taste
Oil- 1/4th tsp
Water- as per requirement

How to cook?
1. In a bowl, add oats flour, semolina, curd, and water. Mix it well and keep aside for 30 minutes.
2. After 30minutes, add salt, chilies, ginger, coriander leaves into the batter and mix it well.
3. Grease the idli molds with little oil and pour the batter into them. Steam for about 20 minutes.
4. Serve warm with mint-coriander chutney.

Overnight Oats

A Simple Overnight Oatmeal

While a friend of mine, Kanchan said, she preferred her oatmeal to be simple and done over the night. Here’s a recipe from The Food Network, that I liked:  Add the desired amounts of milk, oats, yogurt, chia seeds and banana to a jar or container and give them a good stir. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours. In the morning, add additional liquid if you’d like. Once you achieve the desired consistency, top with fruit, nuts, nut butter, seeds, protein powder, granola, coconut, spices, zest or vanilla extract. That’s what Sid loves too.

Oatmeal Breakfast with some Honey

Roast about 40 grams of Oats in 1.5 teaspoons of clarified butter. Add 300 ml of warm milk and bring it to a boil. Top it with some cinnamon powder, honey & berries. Eat it for your breakfast, says Shilpa. You can add some chia seeds and walnuts too, she says. Saylee asked me to add some nutmeg too & enjoy the oats with maple syrup instead of honey.

Creamy Vanilla Proats with Berries ?? Happy 1st of Autumn from Australia ? I probably should have gone straight into pumpkin spice oats, chai and maca, or my fave carrot cake oats ? but I’m sure you’re going to see plenty of that from me as it gets cooler in Oz. But since it’s still mid-30 degrees ? and berries are in season, I’m going to eat them all while I still can, and pretend it’s Summer for a bit longer ☀️ A sprinkle of hemp for good luck, and I was full for hours ? Happy days ❤️❤️❤️ Huge thanks to the always amazing @missmarzipancom for spending an hour or more on a WhatsApp call from the other side of the world at the ungodly hour of almost 2am her time ?, whilst her son was sick with chicken pox, so she could offer me some advice I needed ? It makes me very teary sometimes to think of the thoughtful and selfless people I have met through Instagram, who will go out of their way to talk things through and help each other out – often having never met in real life ? Luckily I got the chance to meet Marisa when she came to Australia with her family. If you don’t know this talented and beautiful soul, make sure you head over to @missmarzipancom and check her out ??? Grateful ? Happiest of birthdays as well to the beautiful and lovely @jess_mycleantreats ??? . . #oatmeal #recipe #overnightoats #breakfast #inspiration #dairyfree #crueltyfree #plantbased #whatveganseat #veganfoodshare #veganfood #proats #iifymgirls #eeeeeats #foodphotography #picoftheday #cleaneats #foodstyling #foodpics #breakfastinspo #cleaneating #sydneyeats #vegan #hempseeds #chiaseeds #healthyeating #healthychoices #healthyfood #healthyfoodshare #veganrecipes

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The Show-Stopper Oatmeal

Vikram, who runs The Breaking Naan,  suggested this showstopper of an Oatmeal recipe:

The Night Before

Good Quality Jumbo Organic Oats ( These are rolled oats, but rolled really thick). Mix it with some yogurt (half a cup), oats(1/3rd of a cup), almond milk ( Do not add sugar) to make things soaky, and a generous squeeze of lemon. Mix it all in with a teaspoon or two of Rajgira, a teaspoon of crushed flax seed ( Skip it if the bitter taste is not agreeable). Add 2 or 3 unsweetened dried cherries & raisins. Soak it in the fridge overnight.

On the day you want to eat the oats

Grate half an apple on the top of the mixture and mix it slightly. Add another splash of almond milk to adjust the texture. Top it up with a spoon of chia seeds, a few chopped dried figs, 2-3 goji berries and a mixture of chopped nuts ( almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds toasted in a pan for 10 minutes at 350F). Eat it all up!

Here’s a variation too

If you have access to fresh strawberries or blueberries or some fresh figs, add them to this recipe. You need no sugar or honey because the sweetness is already acquired from the dry fruit. The acidity of the lemon is nice to balance the taste.



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