Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oats Soup

Oats are great for all ages and mostly consumed for health reasons. This fibrous cereal is also known to improve cholesterol numbers. And with the addition of spinach leaves and no oil, this is an all in all super healthy soup. So definitely give it a try.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Oat meal: 1/2 cup
Baby spinach leaves: 1/4 cup
Tomato (chopped): 3-4 tablespoons
Garlic pods (crushed): 2-3 pods
Milk: 1/2 cup
Water: 1 1/2 cups
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Boil the water in a pot. Add the oats, spinach, tomatoes and crushed garlic pods. Let everything come to a good boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Finally add the milk and give a final boil. Pour into soup bowls and enjoy it hot.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Aval (Rice flakes) Upma

Here's one quick recipe for a very naadan tasting snack which is also a popular option for breakfast in our homes. These flattened rice flakes are very filling and can be made in so many delicious variations.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Aval/ Rice flakes/ Poha: 2 cups
* We used thick rice flakes. Another tip is that if you make this with the Kerala special red rice flakes, it tastes even better.
Red onions (chopped): 1/3 cup
Dried red chillies: 2-3
Curry leaves: handful
Grated coconut: 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Urad dal: 1 teaspoon
Oil for seasoning

Heat oil in a deep pan/kadai. Splutter the mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Add the chopped onions and saute. Just wash the rice flakes and immediately squeeze out the water. Add the squeezed rice flakes into the pan and saute well. Add the salt. Finally add the grated coconut and mix well. Turn off the heat in 5 mins.

Aval upma is ready to be served.


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