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Magic Oats Porridge

 Oats porridge is one of the most popular, healthy and nutritious breakfast to start the day with. The oats porridge is thick, creamy and taste good too. Oats is magical, wonderful and comfort food for many these days. Porridge also spelled as porage or parritch is a fantastic dish made by boiling oats (rolled, crushed or steel cut) or other cereal meal in water or milk or both. It is usually served hot in a bowl or dish. You can also add other grains or legumes. Oats and semolina are the most popular varieties used in many countries for preparing porridge. Apart to oats, rice, wheat, barley, corn and legumes are also used to make porridge. Gruel is similar to porridge but is much more like a drink having a very thin consistency and is made with water. Porridge since long has been a traditional food in much of Northern Europe and Russia. Barley was a common grain used though other grains and yellow peas could be used. It was primarily a savory dish, with a variety of meats, root crops, vegetables, and herbs added for flavor. Porridge could be cooked in a large metal kettle over hot coals, or heated in a cheaper earthenware container by adding hot stones until boiling hot. Until leavened bread and baking ovens became common place in Europe, porridge was a typical means of preparing cereal crops for the table. It was also commonly used as prison food for inmates in the UK prison system and so "doing porridge" became a slang term for a sentence in prison. Traditionally in many modern cultures, porridge is eaten as a breakfast dish often adding salt, butter, sugar, milk or cream depending on regional preferences. In the English speaking Caribbean islands it is common to add cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and almond essence to the oats, water and milk. Porridge is one of the easiest ways to digest grains or legumes, and is used traditionally in many cultures as a food to nurse the sick back to health. It is also commonly eaten by athletes in training. It is very healthy, fat free, low in cholesterol and low calorie diet. It is light and easily digestible. Amazingly there are various types of porridge made of Oats which is a traditional and common in English-speaking countries, Nordic countries, and Germany. Oat porridge has been found in the stomachs of 5,000 year old Neolithic bog bodies in Central Europe and Scandinavia. Varieties of modern oat porridge include these which are popular in Asian countries: Dalia is wheat based porridge simple to prepare and is made out of cracked wheat. It is a common breakfast in Northern India and Pakistan cooked in milk or water and eaten with salt or sugar added. Congee is a common East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian dish made of boiled down rice. There is also the Millet porridge popular in the Middle Eastern countries often seasoned with cumin and honey. To prepare this delicious savory Magic Oats porridge, firstly boil the oats in water and milk and once cooked keep aside. In a shallow pan fry all the finely chopped vegetables which includes the beans, cabbage, capsicum, carrots and spring onions etc and fry together for two minutes. Add in the chopped garlic and ginger and fry. You can use the vegetable stock powder while frying which is optional. Add pepper to it once the veggies are cooked and add the cooked oats and let it boil for three minutes or till it thickens. Garnish with dried herbs, salt to taste, a teaspoon full of cream and freshly chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot. Do try this recipe which is a bit similar to the regular semolina upma and enjoy the nutritional benefits of oats. Click on the link for detailed recipe: Magic Oats porridge not only does it taste good but can be eaten at any time during the day. It need not be restricted only as breakfast cereal but can be had as a midmorning snack. A bowl of oatmeal is very soothing for your mood and is a relaxant. They are also low in fat and salt hence can be a part of low sodium diets and they also provide iron too. To increase your protein intake, oats with its adequate protein content can be combined with low fat milk or curd to increase the protein in it. Add dash of pepper to the porridge with yogurt. It gives a very nice flavor.

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