Saturday, 28 March 2015

Khichdi with oats, tomato and garlic

Daliya or phada can be given a miss to give break to monotony in your breakfast. Food Recipes Oats khichdi is equally delectable too.

Winter is 'the' time to experiment and it is the season to let the farm fresh ingredients add a hint of lip smacking taste. Ingredients like spring garlic, ginger and spring onion simply add different tastes and texture to a preparations. Similarly, the basic ingredient can also be replaced by other ingredients to add another element of difference to a dish. Making khichdi with oats is one such preparation that does not require much time. Easy to prepare and very sustaining the oats khichdi when cooked with tomatoes, potatoes and farm fresh chives, is a yummy treat to the taste buds.

Oats: 100 gms
Moong dal: 2 table spoons
Tomatoes: two
Potato: 1
Spring garlic: a couple (as per your liking)
Spring onion: a couple (as per your liking)
Ginger: chopped - little quantity
Curry leaves: few
Red chilli whole: 1 to 2
Salt to taste
Turmeric: a pinch
Ground pepper: a pinch
Mustard and hing for tadka

In a pan, take two to three tsp of oil or ghee and heat it. Put hing and mustard seeds to the hot oil and as soon the mustard seeds start to crackle add the halved whole red chillies, curry leaves, followed by chopped tomatoes, diced potato, chopped ginger, chopped spring garlic and spring onion. Mix the ingredients well. Add moong dal, ground pepper and salt. Allow these ingredients to cook in steam for two minutes by covering the lid. Take the lid off and add 50 to 100 ml of water for the entire thing to cook well.

Note: For the moong dal to cook quicker, just soak it for about 15 minutes before cooking, that way you will be able to save on the cooking time.

Once moong dal and potatoes are cooked, add oats. Mix the ingredients well. Add 50 to 100 ml of water. And allow the entire khichdi to cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve the piping hot khichdi along with ginger flavoured tea or a hot cuppa of coffee.

Tip: If you want the khichdi to taste spicier, you can add a pinch of sambar powder or even a pinch of curry masala. Either way, the taste gets enhanced as per one's liking.

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