Exquisite Corner

'Exquisite' means of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight .A food that's creative, thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented and easy to eat makes it absolutely delicious.On this corner,I have tried to recollect the spicy memories and food that I have enjoyed, a delicacy that still persist on the corner of my heart.Hope you too will enjoy it. Bon Appetit !

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Oats Upma

After being down with fever and a few weeks of busy work schedule , I have started my experiments with food and here is the small outcome - Oats Upma :)  



Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber. This fiber contains a mixture of about half soluble and half insoluble fibers. One component of the soluble fibre found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fiber which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol. Here's how it works. Soluble fiber breaks down as it passes through the digestive tract, forming a gel that traps some substances related to cholesterol, such as cholesterol-rich bile acids. This entrapment reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. The bad cholesterol, LDL, is trapped without lowering good cholesterol (HDL). Oats and grains are also one of the best sources of compounds called tocotrienols. These are antioxidants which together with tocopherols form vitamin E.Eating oats can spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer time period.Oat beta-glucan slows the rise in blood glucose levels following a meal and delays its decline to pre-meal levels.Oats, like other grains and vegetables, contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Many phytochemicals are thought to reduce a person's risk of getting cancer. Phytoestrogen compounds, called lignans, in oats have been linked to decreased risk of hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer. A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure.
So as the saying goes "Eat heathy and stay fit".

Ingredients



  1. Quaker Oats - 1 cup
  2. Small onion - 6-7 (chopped)
  3. Green chillies - 1 big (chopped)
  4. Carrot - 1 small(chopped)
  5. Coconut - 1 tbspn(grated)
  6. Ghee - 1 tspn
  7. Urad daal -1/4 tspn
  8. Whole red chilly - 2 No:s
  9. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  10. Mustard seeds
  11. Salt

How to make


Rinse the oats under water for a couple of times and soak it for 5 mins. Drain the water and squeeze the oats, mix it with little salt and keep it aside for 5 more mins. Take a wok, add ghee in it.Add whole red chilly,splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves.Add urad daal and fry till golden brown. Add onion and green chillies and saute till onion becomes translusant. Now add the chooped carrots and sprinkle some water. Cover and cook in loww flame till carrot becomes tender. Add little salt. Now add the oats and fry for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle some more water and cook till the oats are done. Add grated coconut and mix well. Serve hot.

Note : Make sure not to add excess water as the whole mixture can become soggy. If you are adding greeen peas,soak it for 1 hr, pressure cook it and then add it along with carrot.

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