This is a savory spiced healthy crepe (chilla) that can be eaten for breakast, snack or even a light dinner. These oat crepes are easy to make and can be adapted to one´s own tastebuds. I served this with a tangy homemade spicy tomato chutney, but you can serve it with any chutney of your choice. These keep well in the fridge for a few days and can be also frozen. Making a batch seems like a good idea. So shall we start?
1 cup of oats, ground into a smooth powder ( i used my magic bullet)
1/2 cup of white yogurt
1/4 cup of water or as needed
1/4 cup of finely chopped onions (jains can omit this)
1 tablespoon of grated ginger (jains can omit this)
1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds
Salt , black pepper and red chilli powder to taste
Chopped green chillies and coriander leaves
Oil as needed
Mix the powdered oats with the yogurt and all the rest of the ingredients.Make into a semi thin consistency adding enough water. Let it not be too watery. Leave to rest for half an hour . Heat a non stick gridle, pancake or dosa pan. Add a few drops of oil to it and spread ( i use a silicon brush). Add a huge serving spoon of this batter and spread it gently to form a thin round. Cook on one side , covered, (it will take about a minute on low heat ) then carefully flip and cook on the other. Drizzle oil on the sides to make it crisy.
4 red tomatoes, chopped
1/2 onion chopped fine ( jains can omit this)
1 teaspoon each of black mustard seeds , cumin seeds, whole coriander seeds, a few curry leaves
1 /2 teaspoon each of black pepper and turmeric
2 tablespoons of sugar, or to taste
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
3 tabespoons of oil
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter for 15 seconds, then add the coriander and cumin seeds. Let splutter for another 15 seconds. Then add the onion and sautee on low heat till transparent. Add the spices, and then the chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes and soft and you can see the oil separating. Add tomato paste, sugar and salt to taste . Check and correct seasoning. Add chopped green chillies and coriander leaves .
NITU DIDI TIP :
The tomato chutney can be made and stored in an airtight container for a week or more. To make it last longer you can add some white vinegar and more oil. You can use olive oil.
For vegan recipe, replace yogurt with lactose free milk and a little lemon juice
THE BENEFITS OF OATS
Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth.
They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits.
These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.