Sunday, April 2, 2017

Steel Cut Oats - Using a Pressure Cooker - Sweet and Savory

My presence here has been few and far between. One reason being life happens and some things fall on the way side. Life sometimes throws unexpected curve balls. How we come out on the other side depends a lot on our personalities, our support networks and what we do to unwind. My biggest relaxation is this blog. So keeping away from it means losing that and it has been hard.

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but in the mornings time is at a premium and preparing breakfast might even sound like a luxury. But it does have to be that way. Pressure cooker has been invented just for this purpose. Seriously.

Something happened around here, kids who complained about eating oatmeal actually started enjoying it. The reason? we switched from quick oats to steel cut oats. I have been avoiding using steel cut oats because it takes longer to cook and 45 minutes in the morning is a luxury that I don't have. This is until my mom cooked steel cut coats in 8 minutes - how? In the pressure cooker of course. So now steel cut oats is the only kind of oats we all eat. The crunch and texture is what has made it an acceptable choice. No need of soaking and prepping the previous night.

Steel Cut Oats with yogurt and pickles

The DDs and DH eat steel cut oats with milk and slightly sweet with nuts, dried and fresh fruit. You might even mistake it for dessert. I eat it with yogurt and pickles because sweet in the morning is not my thing.

Here is the recipe in pictures,

Add the steel cut oats to the pressure cooker along with water.
Close the lid and let it cook for 3 whistles.
Prepare the dried fruits and the palm sugar ready.
Add the dried fruit/nuts, fresh fruit and sugar/honey.
Turn on heat to medium low and add the milk. Turn off the heat in 2 minutes. Spoon into bowls and add more fresh fruit if desired.

Steel Cut Oats - Using a Pressure Cooker
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  1. 2 cups of steel cut oats
  2. 4 cups of water (or as per cooking directions on package)
  3. 1-2 cups of milk
  4. 1/4 cup of roasted nuts and dried fruits - almonds, cashews, raisins, dates - chopped
  5. Fresh Fruit - apples, pears, mangoes cut or berries(optional)
  6. 2 tsp of palm sugar or honey (optional)

  1. Wash steel cut oats and add it to the pressure cooker along with the water and cook for 3 sounds. I like the oats to be a bit soggy but if you like it just cooked reduce the water by a cup.
  2. Let the pressure release. Open the lid and set aside some of the cooked steel cut oats if you desire to eat it with yogurt and pickles.
  3. Add the dried fruits/nuts, fresh fruit and sugar, mix it in, start the heat to low medium and add the milk and mix it well. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add more of the cubed fresh fruit and breakfast is ready.
  5. Note:Palm sugar needs to be powdered a bit before adding. Cut fruits are optional.
  6. Note:Place the palm sugar in the microwave to soften it a little bit to powder it.

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Monday, March 27, 2017


Spring is hopefully here to stay. February felt like Spring and even the plants got fooled.


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Indian Style Chicken Liver - Quick Meal Bowl

Lots of women usually middle aged or sometimes even younger women suffer from iron deficiency. Our diet definitely plays a part. The Indian diet while good in many ways is not high on iron content unless you make a conscious effort to include foods high in iron.

Leafy green vegetables (spinach & kale), mushrooms, dried fruits like dates and obviously meats like chicken and beef are all good sources of iron. An iron powerhouse is liver but it is not a good idea to eat liver everyday but occasionally like once a couple of weeks or once in a month should be beneficial. Here is a link for the iron content in everyday foods.

Everyone in our house likes livers be it chicken or goat liver. Even then it is delicious to eat it once in a way. Quick to cook and works very well in a quick meal in a bowl along with some roasted vegetables and corn or rice.

The recipe is very simple with onions, ginger, garlic and some spice powders. The bowl is easy to make with some boiled corn, roasted vegetable and some black bean - chipotle style. Makes a filling and very comforting meal.

Chicken Liver - Quick Meal Bowl
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  1. 1/2 lb of chicken liver
  2. 1/2 cup of sliced onions
  3. 3-4 garlic cloves chopped fine
  4. 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
  5. 2-3 tsp chili powder
  6. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  8. 1/4 tsp cumin powder + 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  9. salt to taste
  10. 2 tsp of oil
  11. Seasonings: cumin seeds and fennel seeds
  12. half a lime (optional)
  1. Wash and cut it into bite size pieces if required and drain the water completely. Pat dry or let sit in a colander.
  2. Add oil and when hot add the seasonings followed by the onions. Saute till the onions start to turn brown. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute for a couple of minutes more.
  3. Add the liver, gently mix it into the onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Add in the turmeric, chili, coriander, cumin and pepper powders. Toss to mix and when the liver is cooked and if using squeeze the lime over, toss and turn off the heat.

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