When I decided to do “cooking with store bought mixes”, all I could think of was desserts and sweets; brownies, cakes, trifle pudding and if these were not enough, I went and picked up sheer kurma mix and vermicelli pudding mix from the Indian store. I told myself I was not going to do more than one dessert/sweet recipe for this theme. I kept them as back recipes, in case I can not come up with anything interesting for this theme.
When I saw Suma’s Oats Bisibele Bhath last week, I wanted to try something with oats. I had a box of rolled oats which has to be consumed in less than a week. I did pick up bisibele bhath powder and I also picked up a pack of puliogare powder from the Indian store. I ended up making oats pulihora. Puliogare powder is made of tamarind and spices to prepare the infamous pulihora or puliogare, tangy rice from South India. Tamarind pulihora is usually made with paste prepared with cooking together tamarind juice and spices. I substituted rice with oats and I was surprised how the tasteless oats transformed into flavorful morsels! This was my breakfast yesterday & today. I seldom use store bought spice powders but I think this puliogare powder is going to be put to good use to spice up my oats.
Cooking Time: 10 – 15 minutes
- ½ cup Rolled Oats
- ¾ cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Oil (approx.)
- 10 Peanuts
- 2-3 Curry Leaves tore into two pieces
- 1 Green Chili split into two (Opt.)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 teaspoon Puliogare Powder (I used MTR brand)
- Lightly toast oats in a sauce pan, this should take about a minute or two.
Add water and cook until the oats are cooked. I used 1: 1 ½ ratio oats to water. It takes about 5-7 minutes to cook the oats. I cooked it on high flame until it came to a boil and reduce the heat and cooked until all the water evaporated.
- In a separate pan, heat oil and roast peanuts until light brown.
- Add curry leaves, green chilies, salt and lightly roast them.
- Add puliogare powder and cook for a minute. Turn off the heat.
- Pour the tempering into the oats or transfer the oats to the tempering pan and mix well.
- Serve hot.
- Puliogare powder is well seasoned with spices and need not add green chilies or curry leaves. I used them in the tempering as I wanted my photo to look good and off course, it did enhance the flavor of the oats too. This powder also has peanuts in it but I felt I could add a few more. If one does not like peanuts, they can skip it in the tempering.
- Pulihora mix had too much hing aka asafoetida for my taste. We do not use hing in our everyday cooking, both at my maternal & married family. So I used only 1 teaspoon of puliogare powder. It was seasoned well but if one wants a tangier flavor, one can add more puliogare mix.
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