Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Garbanzo Oats Pulao

Today first time my recipe using Oats has come up, since I started blogging. The inspiration I got from my elder son Piyush, who wanted me to introduce this wonderful food in our diet.

Garbanzo oats Pulao is a simple healthy and delicious dish. In this recipe Garbanzo is cooked with Oats like a pulao. It can be served for dinner, brunch or evening snack.


  • 1 cup Quaker Oats (‘Old Fashioned’ Oats)
  • ½ cup Garbanzo (Kabuli Chana) boiled or Canned
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chilies finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice


  • Take a non- stick pan and dry roast the oats (without oil) till they leave their whitishness and turn little brownish. Take them out in a bowl.
  • Heat Oil in a pan, add Cumin Seeds. Once the Cumin Seeds splutter, add chopped onion, and chopped Green Chilies; fry until the Onions start to look little transparent. Add Turmeric Powder, Red Chili Powder and roasted Oats. Fry for 2-3 minutes.

  • Add boiled Garbanzo to the pan and mix well all the ingredients with a spatula.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the above Garbanzo Oats mixture in the pan and cook covered on low heat for 4-5 minutes or till the Oats turn soft. Stir Occasionally. Make sure to not add excess water to the Oats as the whole mixture can become soggy.
  • Mix in Lemon Juice and half of the chopped coriander leaves. Keep covered for five minutes.
  • Spoon out in a serving dish, garnish with the remaining Coriander Leaves and serve.

Do You Know?

  • Oats are available in several forms.
  • Oat groats are the whole seed with only the outer hull removed.
  • ‘Old fashioned’ Oats are the Oat groats that are steamed, pressed with a roller and flaked without further processing. They contain all parts of the oat grain including the bran, endosperm and germ portion.
  • Quick Oats are steel cut oat groats that are flaked to .014 to .018 inches thick. They require minimal cooking but, as a result, sacrifice some of the nutty flavor and texture; they are most often used in baking.
  • Steel Cut Oats are whole oats that have not been rolled into flakes. Instead, they are cut approximately into thirds. These oats are chewy and often used for oatmeal and muesli. Steel Cut Oats are also known as Scotch Oats, Pinhead Oats (in Great Britain because they resemble the size and shape of the head of a large pin) and Irish Oats.
  • Oat Bran is the outer coating of the oat grain which is even higher in fiber. It is usually available at health food stores.

  • Oat Flour comes from ground oat groats and contains no gluten (gluten-free). Oat flour contains natural antioxidants that can actually prolong the shelf-life of baked goods. It is usually available at health food stores.

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