Saturday, August 17, 2013

Oats Kolukattai

Preparation time :10 minutes     
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Serves 2
Difficulty :  Easy

               I am a big fan of kolukattai , likewise everyone in my family loves kolukattai. My grandma used to make so many varieties. In the same way , I also tried out so many kolukattais. One of the recipe is with Oats.  I’ll post the other kolukattai varieties also in due course. But I prefer this recipe to be blogged early because nowadays, oats has been included in the regular breakfast menu of many families. Due to its mushy nature, many of us don’t like oats. In the busy morning hours, we usually prepare porridge using oats but it could not be taken regularly as we have idli or dosa. Oats is good in reducing cholesterol but people with diabetes should not have it in liquid form . It has to be thick in consistency like “kali” so as to delay digestion. I bet elderly people will not like to have oats porridge as it is very bland.


             To overcome all the above , and to make the morning breakfast interesting, here comes the recipe for “Oats Kolukattai”. It can even be taken as healthy evening snack for children when they come back from school.



Ingredients:
  • Oats – 1cup
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – 1 No.
  • Grated coconut – 2 Tbsp
  • Curry leaves (finely chopped) – 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt as required
  • Water – 1/2 cup

 Method:
            First dry roast the oats in a kadai in slow fire for 5 minutes till you get nice aroma .  Keep it cool and then grind it coarsely in a mixie. Pour oil in a heavy bottomed kadai and season with mustard seeds, after it starts spluttering , add urad dhal, wait for dhal to turn golden yellow, then add  asafoetida, then add green chilly , curry leaves , coconut. Don’t sauté too much after adding these items. Now add water and required salt. Bring it to boil. Then add Oats powder and mix the flour with all the ingredients. Now the entire mixture will become like a ball. Switch off the stove and leave it to cool.
Applying gingelly oil on hand, knead the oats mixture evenly, take out a ball  and press it with your fingers as we do for “pidi kolukattai”. Place the kolukattais in idli plate and and steam  for 5 minutes.

The yummy “Oats Kolukattai” is ready!  If you serve  it with coconut chutney, that would be a great meal of the day. Try and make it once, I am sure your husband will spend sleepless nights like an Ad for “Horlicks Oats” till you make the next time!!!

Note :

Onion is optional, those who like the taste of onion may include along with green chilli.  I have prepared (in the image shown) without adding onion.