Tired of your same-old, same-old breakfast porridge? Try this. You can use regular butter and brown sugar, but jaggery and ghee will make it even better – especially if you cook the butter long enough to allow the milk solids to caramelize a bit, giving the ghee that wonderful brown-butter flavor. Or, if you prefer this vegan-style, substitute a teaspoon or two of smooth almond butter. This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled. Any leftover cashew and cumin mixture should be refrigerated if not used within a couple of days. Enjoy!! ;o) —AntoniaJames
2/3 cup cooked whole oat groats or steel cut oats
2/3 cup cooked sweet brown or brown jasmine rice (or any other rice or rice + grain blend)
1/3 cup raw unsalted whole cashews
1 ½ teaspoons whole cumin seeds
1-2 teaspoons smooth almond butter, or 2 teaspoons ghee, or more or less to taste
Toast the cashews in a heavy skillet until light and somewhat dark brown. Remove from the heat immediately and coarsely chop, while warm, with a large knife.
Toast the cumin seeds in the same skillet just until fragrant. Remove immediately and crush to a coarse powder using a mortar and pestle, or grind briefly in an electric spice mill. Or, leave them whole, if you like.
Warm the oats and rice together with a tablespoon or two of water in a small, heavy saucepan or in the microwave, until rather hot. Stir well.
Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir again to combine thoroughly.
Serve hot, with the best Darjeeling tea you can find.
NB: I eat this for lunch, too, stirring in leftover roasted broccoli or cauliflower, which I’ve warmed separately. This can also be made with leftover barley, quinoa, couscous, farro, etc.
When I'm not working (negotiating transactions for internet companies), or outside enjoying the gorgeous surroundings here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm likely to be cooking, shopping for food, planning my next culinary experiment, or researching, voraciously, whatever interests me. In my kitchen, no matter what I am doing -- and I actually don't mind cleaning up -- I am deeply grateful for having the means to create, share with others and eat great food. Life is very good. ;o)