Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Masala Oats Upma ~ Curried Oats ~ Protein Packed

Masala Oats Upma ~ Curried Oats ~ Protein Packed
Oats is definitely an acquired taste, not something that I was used to growing up. During my routine visit to Doctor she did reinforce asking me to eat more Oats, especially steel cut. I have tried eating Oats with fruit, yogurt, just plain. I could not get used to the taste and the glutton after taste. So I had to Indianize Oats and was inspired by an Indian cooking show. Today's recipe is customized to be protein rich, you can create your own version with many of your pantry staples.
1 cup Steel cut Oats ~ Soaked for about  a minimu 30 min( I did soak them in the morning for use in the night)
1/2 cup Blanced Almonds
1/2 cup Sprouted Channa
1/2 cup Sprouted whole Urad dal
(You can add any sprouts of your choice)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup Tomato diced
1/2 mixed greens ( Cilantro, Spinach, Methi, Kale what ever greens you have at home)
Couple of sprigs of Mint (optional)
1/2 cup Roasted unsalted peanuts finely chopped for garnish

1 Tbsp Jeera (Cumin)
1 Tbsp Mustard seeds
1 Tbsp Urad dal
1/2 Tbsp finely chopped green chilies ( adjust according to your taste)
1 Tbsp finely chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
1 Tbsp Jeera Powder
1 Tbsp Dhania Powder
1 Tbsp Tumeric
10 ~ 15 Curry leaves
1/4 Tspn Sugar
juice of one medium sized lemon
Salt according to taste
1 Tbsp of Olive oil

1. Heat tbsp of oil in a pan, add cumin, mustard, urad dal
2. When mustard seeds begin to pop add ginger, green chilies, curry leaves, mint and tumeric
3.  Saute for a minute and then add sprouted beans and 1/4 cup of water a pinch of salt and allow to cook covered for about a minute or two
4. Add onions, greens to sprouts and mix well, fry till onions turn translucent
5. Drain Oats completely and add the above mixture
6. Add Cumin, Garam masala and Dhania powder
7. Add pinch of paprika or chili powder and adjust for salt
8. Add chopped tomatoes and almonds
9. Now add sugar and lemon juice mix well  and cook covered for about a minute or two

Remove from heat and garnish with crushed roasted peanuts and corriander and serve hot

Upma can be relished with raita or ketchup. Best eaten when hot
Oats definitely keep you full for a long and curb your hunger pangs. The fact that its filled with protein, fiber and is less on calories, this recipe is a sure keeper. I guarantee even the worst of Oats critics will ask for extra serving once they taste the curried version.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Grilled Nectarines - With Honey, Vanilla &Berries - Must Try On Your Next Camping Trip - Has Summer Written All Over It

Grilled Nectarines - With Honey, Vanilla & Berries 
It is a long weekend for me this week, have our company shutting down couple of days and I took few days off making it the perfect 4th of July week. It's really been a while since I took a day off and had a "staycation". Spending the day at home with no agenda seems like such a luxury. Kids and I have enjoyed our outings, lunches and a movie. Hoping this week goes a little slower and last a little longer.
Stone fruit are abundant in the market, picked at their prime these stone fruit taste like sugar sweet, fleshy and delicious.Made grilled peaches for Mother's day barbecue few days back repeated the same with Nectarines today.

Absolutely simple, can be prepped ahead making it a perfect and healthy choice for BBQ's or camping. No hassle of clean up and can be customized according to ones taste.  

Makes for about 8 grilled Nectarines halves or 4 whole Nectarines
4 Nectarines well ripen, not to soft not to hard
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
tbsp of good Vanilla essence
1/2 tbsp of grate ginger optional
tbsp of lemon zest
few sprigs of mint
few berries like blueberries, strawberries or blackberries

1. In a microwaveable bowl add butter, sugar, Vanilla, ginger and lemon zest and mix well
2. Microwave on high for about two minutes checking in between
3. Remove from microwave and mix till sugar and butter are completely melted and mixed. Keep aside.

4. Clean and cut Nectarines into half, remove seed and lather butter sugar mixture, place berries in the middle and glaze with sugar butter solution. Add spring of mint and fresh lemon zest.
5. Wrap Nectarines in a aluminium foil and place in on the BBQ grill, fire pit or grill in an oven on medium heat for about 3~5 minutes

6. Remove from heat and when you open the aluminum pouch, you will be treated for some delicious caramel and grilled Nectarine.

7. Nectarines turns soft and creamy, a scoop of Vanilla ice cream would be a great compliment.

8. Optionally you can add fresh berries instead of grilling if you wish you. Since the fruit is in season and is very sweet few drop of lemon juice will also enhance the flavor.
9. You can ask your guests to create their own version by having various kind of toppings, also by making variations to the butter sugar mixture by adding various other flavorings.
Throw them into the campfire, wait for few minutes under the stars and in the company of your loved ones and cherish these delicious goodness.

This recipe can be made from Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Apples or even plums.

Stay safe and happy Fourth of July !!!!!

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