Few years back I thought that oatmeal can be consumed only sweet and except for Sundays I hate eating sweet breakfast. It makes me feel lethargic. But Sundays are different; they are bound to be lazy. When I started blogging I started with some dessert recipes of oatmeal. Never thought that I would be able to create my very own savory oatmeal recipes. I am happy to share another savory oatmeal recipe which I derived the idea from my childhood days when I used to eat Maggi/Top Ramen. Good old days. 🙂
Nowadays, oats have become a major whole grain in my healthy diet and yet I was missing that old Maggi flavor. So I decided to create Masala Oatmeal that has almost the same flavor as Maggi and instead of unhealthy white noodles I incorporated whole grain oats. I used the spices that are usually available in our Indian homes and relived my childhood memories of eating anything and everything guilt free. 🙂
For this, I went with flavoring the warm oil with fennel seeds and garlic and sautéed some onions and vegetables. Then added turmeric which is a natural antibiotic and some more spices for flavoring and spiced it up with chili powder and garam masala. When I added the water and oats the whole kitchen was so aromatic and my Masala Oatmeal was ready in just few minutes. Since I used instant oats I cooked only for 1-2 minutes. You may use old fashioned oats for this recipe.
I fell in love with Masala Oatmeal in the first bite and all the flavors were just playing around my taste buds. I then experimented by adding a little more water to bring out a porridge texture and that tasted equally delicious. I like my oatmeal slightly dry but for my husband I added 1 more cup of water and gave a boil to it.
Now, oatmeal is not only my favorite breakfast or brunch but my husband also joins me when it’s oatmeal breakfast day. 🙂