Ever had the feeling of pre-conceived notions turning out to be utterly wrong ?! Well mine always did, yea thats the story of OATS entering my life. Before I knew how it tasted, I somehow had conjured up this horrible imaginary bland taste to the grain itself but then it all changed while studying in the US. As you may know, we get flavoured oats as a breakfast meal option just like cornflakes that one needs to pop into a bowl of milk, microwave for a few mins ready to eat ! So thats when I specifically started liking Oats or more so because it satisfied my sweet tooth cravings yet was healthy for a student living abroad away from parents family friends relatives and blah blah blah…
Konjam konjama (read slowly slowly) I decided to experiment with this wonderful grain and ended up making instant dosais (read indian pancakes) with the same. Hubby’s a dosa lover and his demands to have some dosa was instantly met with. Guess what folks, this tastes yum, has flavor to it, is very healthy and you can have the batter ready in 15 mins !!!
Here is the recipe…
1) 1 Cup Oats (I use quaker oats)
2) 1 Cup Rava / Sooji
3) 1.5 Cups homemade buttermilk (of running consistency, preferably sour)
4) 1Tsp salt to taste
1) 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
2) 1/2 Tsp cumin seeds
3)2 green chillies finely chopped
4) shredded ginger
5) chopped coriander leaves
1) Mix oats, sooji and salt together.
2) Add buttermilk and mix thoroughly. Do not bother if lumps are formed. Let it rest for a while say 15 mins. The oats will soak up water and what may seem as extremely watery will look perfect after the resting process. So dont worry 😉
3) After 15 mins, mix the batter again and check for consistency. It should be runny only then the dosas will turn thinner softer and crisper. Add water if the batter seems to very sticky and hard.
4) Heat some oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients in the same order as mentioned above. Let them splutter for a min. Remove from gas and add this to our batter.
5) Heat the griddle on medium flame, take a ladle full of batter and spread on the griddle. Add some oil (optional if using non-stick griddle.)
6) Let it cook on both sides and serve hot with gun powder, chutney or sambhar of your choice !
BON APPETIT !