The weather is getting chillier by the day, with pouring rain and my delivery date ain’t far either. Getting to do things and moving around in itself is becoming a challenge. Walking is good during pregnancy but I only do so when weather permits. So just eating and sitting will do no good for any of us, forget about eating fried food. So, I wanted to incorporate something healthy, quick and tasty all in one. Now, I am becoming ambitious! Seriously, ambitious! But my sister came to my rescue and suggested making recipes which most of have in our pantry and understanding my limited mobility and not to mention the tiredness that comes with it. I bet you, this is one of the best recipes I have ever made. It is really easy to put together, the texture was superb, taste was unbeatable and super healthy. Now, can I ask for anything more? Try it for yourself and let me know.
Recipe: (Makes approx. 16)
1 & 1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup sooji
3/4 cup plain beaten yogurt or thick buttermilk
1/4 cup of finely chopped vegetables of your choice
1 tsp grated ginger
1 finely chopped green chili or per taste
Salt per taste
Some Finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp of Fruit Salt (Eno) or Baking Soda
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal
A pinch of hing (optional)
In a vessel, dry roast oats and sooji together until you get the aroma and the color turns just a little brown on a medium low flame. Keep aside. Mix all the ingredients including the tempered. Adjust seasonings. The consistency of the batter must be like idli batter or a little thick waffle or pancake batter. Grease idli plates, pour a ladle into each greased idli plate, and steam it for about 15 minutes. Take it out, let it cool for about 10 minutes before removing, else it will stick. Serve as is or with any chutney you prefer. I had dhania chutney and it was just fantastic.
NOTE: I used chopped carrots only but I have used even finely chopped string beans, peas, even spinach.
Also, if you do not have idli plates, just use a cake pan and steam it. The shape will not be round unless you want to use a cookie cutter but the taste is not compromised at all.
If the instant oatmeal is too big, you can powder it a little in your blender without water