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Ultimate Oats Uttapam

Recipe/written by: Payal

We all know that oats are packed with health benefits and helps with weight control. Studies show that oats are rich in soluble fiber known as beta-glucan which expand in thickness when digested, basically making the gut think it is full and keeps you from getting hungry, and ultimately you eat less and lose weight. The fiber also helps with bowel regularity. It is usually associated with breakfast and being sweet. I started with making overnight oats for health benefits and I noticed that I had more energy and stayed full throughout the day. It was all great but then I got sick of the sweet/mushy taste. There had to be some savory options, AND, there is…OATS UTTAPAM! It is super easy to make and gives you that spicy flavorful punch! I have listed all the steps and tricks to help keep it fail proof!

Ultimate Oats Uttapam Recipe

Ingredients:

Prep time: 15 minutes || Cook time: 15-20 mins || Total: 30-25 minutes || Yields: 2 Big Uttapams or 4 small ones

Oats Uttapam base:

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ½ cup of plain nonfat yogurt

  • 2 tablespoon besan flour (I have done it without any flour but besan flour helps to keep it together and makes it crispier)

  • ¾ cup water, can add more- needs to be pancake batter consistency

  • salt to taste

  • oil

Recommended Oats Uttapam seasonings (everything to preferred taste):

  • Black pepper

  • Lal mirch powder (can use paprika or cayenee pepper)

  • Turmeric powder (its ok if you don’t have it)

  • Suggested ½ teaspoon Whole Cumin seeds (ok if you don’t have it)

Recommended finely chopped garnishing:

  • Red/green chilis

  • Red onions

  • Scallions

  • Tomatoes

(can add bell peppers and coriander leaves)

Spicy Yogurt Dip:

  • ½ cup plain non fat yogurt

  • 2 teaspoon oil

  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds

  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida

  • 2 bay leaves (optional)

  • teaspoon lal mirch powder

  • teaspoon turmeric powder

  • salt to taste

Instructions:

1. Grind the rolled oats in coarse powder

2. Mix coarse oats, yogurt, besan flour

3. Slowly add water, ¾ cup got me the pancake consistency but can add more if it needs it (the mix should be regular uttapam consistency or similar pancake batter consistency)

if you leave the mix for too long, the oats will soak in the water and you may need to add more

4. Add the seasonings to taste: lal mirch powder (paprika or cayenne), turmeric powder, whole cumin seeds, crushed black pepper, salt

5. Heat a non-stick pan, lightly spray it with oil (keep on medium-low heat)

6. Evenly spread a ladle full of batter to the pan

7. Add your garnishing (you can be fancy and sprinkle a little bit of lal mirch/black pepper on top of garnishings)

8. Let it cook for 2-4 minutes (the outside rim will get darker and the batter will start appearing drier)

9. Lightly spray/ add oil on the outside rim and flip, let it cook for another 2-3 minutes

10. Remove it from heat and onto your plate to enjoy!

serve immediately, if you have left overs- you can toast it in the oven to eat later

Spicy Yogurt Dip

1. Take out yogurt into a bowl (keep aside)

2. In a small ladle/small pan add oil on low heat

3. Add mustard seeds (let it splutter)

4. Add cumin seeds/bay leaves and asafetida

5. Turn heat off, add lal mirch and turmeric- mix it in ladle

6. Pour the ladle onto the yogurt (do not put the yogurt into the ladle)

7. Add salt to taste

There you have it! Simple & healthy! My husband and I love to have this after going on vacations or a weekend where you have over indulged on food! It helps to offset all the food we have eaten. We usually eat the uttapam for lunch and salad for dinner. You will be surprised how full this keeps you and gives you so much energy!


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