I love porridge on cold cold mornings, with a preference for slow cooked porridge, made with organic oats. The difference between instant and organic porridge is like the difference between instant coffee and esspresso.
It is not quite cold enough yet for every day porridge breakfasts, but I was inspired today to bring out the oats for the first time this year. So in anticipation of those cold mornings just over the horizon, and for my readers in regions where the calendar says spring but the weather has not read the calendar yet, porridge is the theme of today.
Usually I make porridge, use jaggery, golden syrup or treacle for sweetness. Perhaps some fruit. But I was inspired today to create an Indian twist.
The amount of liquid needed for porridge depends on two things:
- the oats that you use and the amount of liquid that they absorb
- your preferred consistency for porridge – runny or smooth
Read the label on your oats and let that guide you. Over time you will get used to the amount required. For me with the oats that I am currently using it is about 3 – 4 times the volume of the oats that I am using. But that might be too much for some other oats.
Porridge with an Indian Twist
Prep time: 3 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves: 1 person, just multiply the recipe for additional people
organic oats, 0.5 cups
tiny piece of ghee, about thumbnail size
0.75 – 1 cup water * see notes above
0.75 – 1 cup milk * see notes above
2 pods cardamom
small pinch saffron strands
unsalted pistachios, cashews, almonds
a few dried cranberries (optional)
organic honey, jaggery or sugar
In a saucepan, place the oats, salt, ghee and the milk and water. Bring to the boil slowly. Add the crushed pods of cardamom and the saffron. If you would like to use dried cranberries, add most but not all of them now.
Boil gently for 20 minutes or until the oats are cooked and the desired consistency is reached. Stir often as the oats will catch if you are not careful.
If you are using jaggery or sugar, stir that through now.
Serve into a delightful dish. Top with chopped cranberries, pistachios, cashews and/or almonds.
Drizzle organic honey over the top (optional).