Old Fashioned Oatmeal Upma
Have you tried to have oatmeal without any sweetener added? They taste like dry walls and no, I haven't licked any to compare. Its just so chalky and bland, that it reminded me of dry walls. I have tried adding cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, vanilla milk and what not, but none could make it palatable, unless I added spoonful of Splenda. Artificial Sweeteners as you know is not very good for you, if taken regularly and hence I am trying desperately to reduce my dependency on them.
Every human being, who watches television is aware, how good oatmeal are for you. A bowl of classic oatmeal packs a hearty dose of vitamins, protein and cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. It is an excellent breakfast option for not only people with cholesterol issues, heart issues and diabetes, but also for everybody, wanting a slimmer waist.
For a long time, my goal was to try and have oatmeal at least thrice a week, but never succeeded. Just could not be cruel to my innocent taste buds. One day when I was fretting my bowl of not-so-yumm oatmeal, that would put Lil Sid to shame, Sam irritably said, "If you cannot make it sweet, why don't you make it savory". Wow! Now that is a cool idea and why didn't it struck to me before? So next morning, I boiled oats in water, instead of milk, added a dash of salt and some veggies. It was good, not great!
Sam' s suggestion: Try to make it like upma.
I did after two day; had to shop for curry leaves!
What happened when I served: Sam had the breakfast quietly and packed the remaining for his lunch and I was left eating rye bread and tea.
Here's how I made it:
What I used:
Old Fashioned Oatmeal - 1 cup
Carrots - ½ cup
Green Beans - ½ cup
Broccoli - ½ cup
Potato - ¼ cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1½ tsp
For the Tempering
Mustard Seed - ½ tsp
Red Chilies - 2 whole
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 7-8 leaves
Green Chilies - 2 chopped
Onions - 1 medium chopped
Garnish: a dash of lime/lemon juice and a handful of chopped cilantro.
How I did it:
When the spices are dancing around the pan and you are hit by a heady aroma, add the onions and saute till translucent.
Note: I had used potatoes, since it was leftover form another recipe. You can avoid it, and feel free to add or substitute any veggies. Cauliflower and peas could be a great addition.
Diabetic Platter: This dish is a wholesome breakfast in itself. I had a fruit and black coffee with it,but a no-fat yogurt and fruit would be an ideal combination.