Oats are the new 'in' thing in India and, considering their health benefits, are a great substitute to a lot of Indian grains and cereals in the Indian diet. Oats are rich in fibre and in nutrients like manganese, copper, biotin, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, etc. Plus they help lower cholesterol, keep you fuller for longer, and are a good source of anti-oxidants. But if you are bored of the same old oats recipes, try this quick-fix oats recipes you can whip up in under 30 minutes!
- 2 cups of cooking rolled oats
- 2 Tablespoons of Semolina
- Sliced onions, sliced red and green bell peppers, mint leaves, coriander
- Curd or buttermilk
- Crushed garlic cloves (as per taste)
- Crushed green chillies
- Warm water
- Turmeric (for colour and taste)
Crush the oats till they are coarse. In a bowl, mix oats, semolina, curd or buttermilk, water, salt, vegetables, mint leaves, coriander, crushed garlic cloves, turmeric and crushed chillies and make a paste the consistency of a thick batter. Set this mixture aside for about 20 minutes. Once the oats and semolina soak up the water, your cheelas are ready to be made. Heat a non-stick pan on a stove and brush the pan with a little oil. Ladle the batter on the pan and spread it in circles. You can even make small holes in between your chilla and add some oil/butter (this takes away from the health benefits) for a crispier cheela. Roast the cheela till it is nice and golden and then turn it to the other side. Once the pancake is cooked on both sides, take it off the pan and pair it with some ketchup or chutney and voila!
Tip: You can even add other vegetables to the cheela but it will make your cheela thicker. Also, use slightly soured buttermilk or curd for better taste. You can also add ajwain seeds if you like the slightly strong taste they give.