Masala Dry Oats/ Oats Poha: Strictly Veg
If you are on a weight loss journey or you are athlete who wants to take advantage of the great macro and micro nutrients of oats but do not want to pair it with sugar and loose the plot then masala oats or savory oats recipe would be your knight in shining armor. I personally have never been able to like the sweet taste of oats in milk with fruits, its soggy sticky nature.
Masala Oats Poha can be a super healthy breakfast option which could be cooked up in a jiffy. And depending on your choice of veggies that you add to the mix, it could take care of a lot of macro (Protein , Carbohydrates and Fats) as well as micro (vitamins and minerals) nutrients.
Why Masala Oats Poha
1. Oats are a good source of fiber. Great for the gastro intestinal health and your bowl movement.
2. Oats contain complex carbs which have proven benefits over simple carbs. Also they release energy slowly and hence can keep you on the move for longer duration.
3. Your Choice of vegetables could not only add flavor and color to your plate but also help in starting the day with some good vitamins and minerals.
- 4-5 Table spoon of rolled Oats. Any brand off the shelf like Saffola or Quacker will do.
- one piece of carrot, chopped finely
- Bell pepper and capsicum, chopped finely (Optional)
- One small Tomato, chopped finely
- One small Onion chopped finely (optional)
- Three four pieces of beans, finely chopped.
- Any other vegetable that you can see around which you like.
- Red Chili Powder to taste
- Turmeric Powder to taste
- Salt to taste
- Crushed Black pepper to taste (Optional)
- Butter or Ghee to cook. 1 Tea spoon.
- Oregano for Seasoning (Optional but seriously recommended)
- Heat up a non stick pan and add the butter or ghee to grease the pan
- Add the veggies, except the tomatoes and capsicum and bell pepper, to the pan and saute them on medium flame for 3-4 minutes
- Add the tomatoes and capsicum to the pan
- Add salt, turmeric, red chili powder and fry for a minute
- If you feel that the veggies are not done to your liking then you could add a little bit of water to the mix, cover the lid and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes until dry and cooked to your liking
- Add the Oats to the mix, sprinkle a little amount of water over the oats. Do not pour water or add a lot of water else you will end up having the soggy masala oats instead of a dry preparation.
- Fry for a minute, keep stirring so that the Oats do not stick to the pan.
- Garnish with crushed Black pepper and Oregano.
I usually accompany this with a cup of black coffee without sugar.
Bonus Tip: If your macros allow it then you could chop some Paneer, fry them at step one and keep them separate and then add the Paneer to the mix at the end and make it Paneer Oats.
PS: I usually either have this preparation as breakfast or carry this to office in a tiffin to have as my mid day snack. Highly important to start the day with some good source of carbohydrates.