Health recipe of the day: Healthy oats dosa
Oats, known scientifically as Avena sativa, are a hardy cereal grain able to withstand poor soil conditions in which other crops are unable to thrive. Oats gain part of their distinctive flavor from the roasting process that they undergo after being harvested and cleaned. Although oats are then hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of their fiber and nutrients.
Oats have been around for centuries & a bowl of porridge has always been considered a satisfying breakfast because of the best source of soluble fiber which helps lower blood LDL cholesterol, the so-called “Bad” cholesterol. Oats absorb the extra fat & flush it out of the system and cure constipation because of the high soluble fiber & assist in regulating gastro-intestinal functions.
Oats may also help stabilize blood glucose levels, which could help people with non-insulin dependent diabetes. Oats have unique fatty acids & antioxidants which together with vitamin E slow cell damage & have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer.
Oats are low in fat & salt; they are a good source of natural iron. Being a good source of calcium, they are ideal for heart, bones & nails.
Here is a recipe of a classic South Indian breakfast dish with a healthy, i.e. oats twist!
2 cups – Oats
1 cup – Dosa Rice
1 cup – Urad Dal
1/2 tsp – Methi seeds
Salt to taste
- Soak all the ingredients, except salt, separately, for 6 hours.
- Grind together into a fine paste.
- Add required quantity of salt.
- Allow this to ferment overnight.
- The next morning prepare dosas with batter.
- Serve with chutney or sambar.