Monday, April 25, 2016

Oats veg salted pancakes.

There are many ways of making these super healthy pancakes. Its one of those hardy breakfasts, known for being light, easily digested, and wholesome. All put in one. Breakfasts comprising of oats, are known to be invigorating and very nutritious. This whole grain , known to prevent heart disease, provides just the right amount of fiber nutrients and energy to kick start your day. And for all of us who have a problem in controlling our diets, oats helps in giving us that "full stomach" feel. 
 The kind of salted pancakes I make are healthful and less oily. These could be like any other salted pancakes made in India, also called cheela or dosa here.
Ingredients :  -One cup ready to cook oats
                      - half cup sooji ( semolina) 
                      - A cup of curd
                      - half tsp baking powder
                      - a pinch asfoetida (hing)
                      -  one tsp roasted peanuts
                      - one tablespoon of mixed seeds, like, chia, flax, watermelon, sunflower etc
                      - 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
                      - one medium size onion, finely chopped   
                      - Spinach , 5 leaves, nicely washed, and very finely chopped
                      - green chili, 2 chopped
                      - coriander, few sprigs, chopped
                      - half a cup of steamed broccoli and carrot (optional)
                      - salt, pepper, red chili powder, garlic powder, all of these add to taste.

Technique  : Grind the oats, peanuts, seeds, in a mixer grinder. Add the curd, salt, pepper, red chili  powder, asfoetida,and garlic powder and baking powder in it, mix it well adding enough water to it to make a  soft dropping consistency. Set it aside for half an hour. After half an hour, add the onions, garlic, spinach, green chili, coriander, and if you want, you can add mashed steamed broccoli and carrots to it too. Mix it well. 
On a well heated flat pan (skillet) , out a drop of oil or ghee, and pour two ladles of the mixture. Spread it medium to thick width. Do not spread it too thin, as the curd in it will tend to stick. It takes a while for each side to cook, on medium to slow heat. It needs to be set  and cooked in its shape, that is why slow heat is required. Else it will stay uncooked, and will break while you try and turn it on the other side. 
Once it's done, looking nice and cooked and golden, remove from fire, Serve with green coriander/mint/ tomato chutney. You can have it with a fruit juice or Lassi (drink made of curd and water, either sweet-with or with fruit or salted.) To make it into a brunch, and a more sumptuous meal, eat the pancakes with fried/boiled egg. Up to you. But eat this, and feel the good oats does to your body. Bon appetit!! 

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