Thursday, 17 April 2014

Oats and Poha Uttapam (Oats and Beaten Rice Savory Pancakes)

There is nothing much to write about this recipe except that it was simply yummy and my family, including my baby, happily enjoyed their Uttapams without even realizing that they were eating Oats! A very healthy and nutritious breakfast, I had them for dinner instead as I was in no mood to do any major cooking. I have some guests coming over for dinner tomorrow and it is going to be a cooking marathon for me. The dessert is also setting in the fridge and the main course is going to be quite elaborate too. So settled for a simple dinner yet quite filling and healthy. Now, who says you cannot have breakfast for dinner!

1 cup rolled oats, lightly roasted
1 cup thin beaten rice or Poha
1/4 cup semolina or sooji
200 ml buttermilk (you may use yogurt diluted with water)
1 cup or more water to soak the oats, poha, and sooji
1 medium onion chopped
1 inch piece ginger finely grated
Fresh coriander leaves chopped
1-2 green chillies chopped (optional)
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste

Soak the oats, poha, and sooji in a bowl with the buttermilk and a little water so that it just covers the mixture. The total water and buttermilk mixture should not exceed 3 cups, else you might end up with a watery batter. Let it stand for about 10-15 minutes and then with the help of a hand blender, blend it to a smooth paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Heat a non stick girdle and add a little oil. Tilt the girdle so that the oil gets covered on all sides. Now add a little batter and gently tilt the girdle again so that the batter gets spread on its own. Do not make it too thin as it will be difficult to lift later. Cook it on med high heat till golden on one side and then gently flip. There are chances of it getting stuck so be careful while lifting, slowly scraping with a spatula. Serve hot with green chutney and enjoy this delicious and healthy meal.

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