Saturday, 2 February 2013

Porridge was a tradition food in much of North Europe and Russia, but it is making its own space in India as well; as one of the healthy breakfast options. Many kinds of cereals can be used like barley, rice, corn, oats, legumes etc to cook porridge. Though ready to cook option of oats are readily availabe in the stores today but none can be much satisfying than a home made dish. Porridge can be cooked in milk or water but i would be using water in which milk is added afterwards according to ones own taste. I learned this style of cooking from my mother, who always cooked it for my grandparents in this way.

Wheat Porridge

Ingredients used to make this healthy breakfast are:-

  1. Wheat rawa
  2. Sugar
  3. Almonds (chopped)
  4. Rasins
  5. Cardamom powder
  6. Water

 Lets start the process:-
First of all wheat rawa is roasted in a pan till it starts turning golden brown.

Also add the chopped almonds, rasins and cardamom powder along with the wheat rawa so that there flavour is also incorporated while cooking.

Keep on stirring and make sure that it is not over cooked, keep the stove on medium flame for even cooking. After that add water to it, about 2 cups of water is added in 1 cup of wheat rawa and bring the water to boil.

When the water gets evaporated, add sugar according to your taste and keep stirring, i added 1/2 cup of sugar in this.

When the sugar incorporates well, the whole mixture will start moving as a mass together leaving the sides of pan. This stage shows that our porridge is ready to be served and can be taken out in a bowl.

Finally enjoy the porridge with milk or one can also add yogurt inspite of milk as per the taste.

Wheat Porridge

The best thing about cooking this ways is, it has more shelflife than the one which is made by adding milk inspite of water. It can be stored for week together in your refrigerator and had every morning with hot milk.

Some benefits of porridge are:-
  • It is rich in fiber so improves digestion and prevents heart disease.
  • It boosts concentration because the slow releasing complex carbohydrates in porridge oats sustains energy levels.
  • Eating porridge reduces blood cholesterol and improves blood flow.
  • It helps the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a brain transmitter that helps keep our spirits up and our appetites down.
  • It also helps to loose weight, as it keeps you full for the entire day; thus avoiding the amount of food you consume throughout the day.
So porridge is an ideal morning breakfast that keeps you going for the entire day.


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