Quaker Oats Poha Aloo Chaat
Since time immemorial, there has been a battle between ‘taste’ and ‘health’, which automatically extends to a battle between parents and children. Parents are convinced that what the children eat is merely tasty but not healthy; the children are convinced that what the parents make them eat is healthy but not tasty.
And then there were some who thought to think differently, who thought that it’s time to bridge the gap- that’s yours truly, thank you very much. We decided to bring some health-lovin’ oats in the one thing that Delhi loves the most, can eat 24/7 and is definitely the tastiest thing around- Delhi chaat! Isn’t that quite cleverly two birds with one stone? We get the super-spicy, extremely delicious, tangy and to-die-for chaat made with oats whose health benefits include which are replete with fiber and even help in lowering cholesterol. Isn’t that the dream?
The first thing that we try our hand at is the Quaker Oats Bhel: bhelpuri in the chaat world is simple, pure class. It’s quick and easy to make, it has lots of veggies, it peanuts which really make any food item better, and it’s got oodles of yummy tangy sauce. We discovered that adding oats to the bhel not only makes the bhelpuri healthier, it also makes it all the more delicious and is the perfect snack for your evening get-togethers!
Furthermore, we decided to get a little more ambitious and try and make the Quaker Oats Poha Chaat- now who doesn’t love poha? It’s the one thing we all whip up in the any time of the day- they really make the best snacks. We added oats into poha and chaat and were super happy with the result! Go on, try our recipes- you won’t regret it!
Quaker Oats Bhel
- 2 cups puffed rice
- 1 pkt Quaker Oats
- 2 tsp mint chutney
- 1 tsp red chili chutney (optional)
- 1 large boiled potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium size tomato, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
- ¼ or ½ cup sev
- 5-6 papdis, broken into pieces
- 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Black salt as required
1. Firstly, dry roast the puffed rice in a kadai or pan till they become crisp.
2. Let them cool and take them all in a large bowl.
3. Add everything to the puffed rice except sev and coriander leaves.
4. Quickly mix everything.
5. Now lastly garnish the Quaker Oats bhelpuri with some coriander leaves and sev.
6. Serve Quaker Oats Bhelpuri.
Quaker Oats Poha Aloo Chaat
- 1½ cup oats
- 3 tsp raw peanuts
- 1 tsp cooking oil
- ½ tsp black mustard seeds
- 10 curry leaves, chopped
- ⅛ teaspoon asafetida (hing)
- 1 green chilli, chopped
- ½ cup finely chopped red onion
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cayenne / red chili powder or to taste
- ¾ to 1 tsp salt
- ⅓ cup fresh peas
- 1 boiled potato
- 1 tsp lemon juice, for garnish
- Wash the oats and soak in 2 cups of water for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the peanuts and dry roast until they change color slightly, about 2 minutes.
- In the same pan, heat the oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the mustard seeds start to pop, 30 seconds. Add the asafetida and chili, then stir in the onions and cook until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. After the onions are done, you can add other veggies including chopped potatoes and cook them until al-dente.
- Add the salt, turmeric, cayenne, peas, and mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
- Drain the oats well and add to the pan, then stir in the roasted nuts. Mix well. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the oats are tender, but not mushy like oatmeal. Stir to mix and fluff. Taste and adjust salt and spice. Cover and set aside for 2 minutes. Serve warm, garnish with lemon juice.
There! Haven’t we made all your lives easier? If you have some cool ideas which involve healthy oats-based snacking, you can share your own offbeat and out of the box recipes with Quaker India for the ‘Tastiest Bowl of oats’ challenge with chef Vikas Khanna. At the end of the 6-week contest, If you’re shortlisted, you get to participate in a face to face challenge with Vikas Khanna who will judge the final winner for #BringYourTastiestBowl challenge with the grand prize of Rs 50 Lakhs! Send your entries in at www.quaker.in