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#BringYourTastiestBowl – My Quaker Oats Recipes

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With the increasing inclination towards healthier lifestyle and healthy eating in general, we all are on a lookout for healthy recipes or healthy foods. Oats is definitely something that strikes us the first thing when we talk about healthy food. I know a lot of people are not a big fan of oats in general. It’s a universally accepted fact that nobody really likes oats. You might eat them to reach your weight loss goals or indulge in them occasionally to stay in shape, but more often than not you would rather eat something else. However, with the recent advent of a plethora of different flavours that this lonely whole grain is available, more and more people are resorting to its consumption, not only for its uncountable health benefits but because it is being produced in absolutely scrumptious flavours.

So are oats boring or bland? I would say not! All you have to do is let your imagination loose in the kitchen!

I have recently started eating oats and I can only think of multiple ways of making them. If you guys follow me on snapchat (id – pallavi ruhail) you’d know I am quite a cook myself 😛

Looking to experiment with this treasure trove of health benefits, I was rather excited when I was approached by Quaker Oats for their #BringYourTastiestBowl challenge launched by Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna. At my disposal was an opportunity to come up with recipes that were a different take on the traditional recipes and incorporated oats, making the recipes in turn healthier, without compromising on the taste. The theme that I chose was State Pride where I had to come up with 2 recipes in a bowl inspired by any one particular state close to my heart. I chose Uttar Pradesh because that’s where my roots are and of course my cooking in general highly influenced by the state.

The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is as diverse as its dialects. Although famed for its Awadhi and Mughlai offerings, it is also the native place of chaat, pakoras and plenty of other street foods that we all know too well and love to indulge in every now and then. The one thing however that is common to all these street eats is the calories that almost all of them come loaded with. What can be done? Should we give up on these foods altogether because they are calorie-dense? Our palettes certainly wouldn’t allow that. Hence, I came up with the idea of replacing the calorie-rich staples in two of the street foods and with oats.

Below are the two recipes that are my official entries for the #bringyourtastiestbowl challenge:


The first recipe is inspired by the street food of UP, that chaats, bhallas, pakoras, tikkis and more. This recipe is perfect for breakfast I suppose as it’s refreshing yet fills you up for the day.

Ingredients:

Quaker Oats, Olive Oil, Curd, Fruits (any as per your preference, I chose pomegranate), Coriander Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Powdered Ground Spices (garam masala), Chaat Masala, Salt, and Black Pepper.

Recipe:

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Take some oats from the Quaker Oats packet and roast them. Once they turn brownish in colour, spread them nicely over a plate and let them cool.

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Meanwhile, take some more oats and put it in a food processor jar. Add some black pepper, salt as per taste. You can also add finely chopped green chillies and even onions if you want to this mixture. Now add some water and make a paste out of it.

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With the paste, make small balls and cover it with a layer of roasted oats by rolling them over the roasted oats in the plate kept aside.

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You can deep fry them in olive oil (for health reasons) or even mustard oil for a distinct flavour. You can also bake them in a microwave or tandoor if you want no oil.

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Now take some curd, add coriander powder, grounded pepper, red chilli powder, salt and chaat masala to it. 

Take 3-4 of the fried oat balls and pour generous amount of the masala curd on it. Add fruits, pomegranate in my case for garnishing and a touch of sweet and sour flavour. You can also add any chutney you want, or savoury, chickpeas, boiled potatoes, coriander leaves and so on as per your preference!

In Uttar Pradesh, people are big on curd, spices and anything fried so I think this just works best for my UP taste buds!

This is what the dish looks like:

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Now let’s come to the second dish!

Another recipe or food item so to say which is big in Uttar Pradesh and very every household thing then it’s Tehri! So here I am going to make a Tehri but it won’t be with rice, instead it’s an Oats Tehri & trust me it did taste great! This recipe is perfect for lunch.

Ingredients :

Quaker Oats, Onions, Beans, Potato, Capsicum, Green Chilli, Carrots, Peas, Khada Masala (like cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom & more), Black Pepper, Cumin, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder, Red Chilli Powder, Powdered Ground Spice, Olive Oil and Salt.

Recipe:

Cut all the vegetables.

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Heat the cooking pan a bit and then add some olive oil to it followed by cumin, black pepper, onions, bay leaf and other khada masala.

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Once the onion pieces turn bit golden brown add turmeric powder, coriander powder and let the spices get fried a bit before you add all the vegetables to it. Cook the vegetables a bit and now add some powdered ground spice and red chili powder.

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Once the vegetables are cooked, add oats to it and salt as per taste.

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Mix it all properly.

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And now it’s ready to eat. You can serve the Oats Tehri with salad, chutney, papad and raita if you want but as of now I am happy having it my bowl 😀

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Hope you guys liked the oat recipes and would want to try these out! Don’t forget to drop a comment here or on my social media if you do try these out.

Also, do take part in the #BringYourTastiestBow challenge here and you may just win 50 lakh!!

Much Love,

P

(Disclaimer: Penning down recipes for the first time ever so please excuse if I missed out on anything in terms os structure or anything 🙂

 

7 Comments

  1. Bill

    July 6, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Everyone loves it when people get together and share thoughts.
    Great site, keep it up!

  2. Frank

    July 6, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this
    write-up plus the rest of the site is very good.

  3. Shilpa Shetty

    June 17, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Yummy,.. First dish is my favorite,…

  4. Anshika

    June 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I loved the first recipe more as i’m not into much of spices, i’ll definitely try it out. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  5. aditi pal

    June 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    very good recipes

  6. Pallavi Ruhail

    June 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    😀 yay!

  7. Shubham

    June 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    These seem awesome ! Would definitely try both of these !
    Thanks

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