Serves a Crowd

Sweet and Savory Oat and Brown Basmati Porridge

January 21, 2011
Author Notes

Similar to the quick version of this I posted a while ago, but this has you cook the rice and oats together with some bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Excellent stirred into any kind of dal, too. Be sure to use a fragrant, nutty ghee for this. Or, use coconut oil and maple syrup for a vegan treat. Enjoy! ;o) —AntoniaJames

  • Makes 4 - 6 somewhat small but filling servings
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup brown basmati (do not rinse it)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or ghee, for a non-vegan version)
  • 2 tablespoons of jaggery or maple syrup, or more or less to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Toast the cumin seeds just until fragrant, then immediately remove them from the skillet and into a bowl. Coarsely crush them using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Put half the crushed cumin seeds in a small, heavy, lidded saucepan with the oats, rice, salt, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and three cups of water. Bring to a boil, then immediately turn the flame down very low, and cover the pan tightly.
  3. Allow it to cook for 30 minutes undisturbed. Turn the heat off but do not remove the lid for at least another 15 minutes.
  4. While the oats and rice are cooking, toast the cashews until a mottled light and dark brown color. Chop them coarsely with a chef's knife.
  5. When ready to serve, remove the bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Stir half of the cashew pieces and a tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee into the pot of oats and rice, and stir well.
  6. Warm the remaining oil or ghee and toss the cashew nuts and remaining cumin.
  7. Serve the porridge topped with the cumin-scented cashews. Allow each person to stir in jaggery or maple syrup, to taste.
  8. Nice with a pot of freshly brewed Darjeeling.
  9. Enjoy!! ;o)

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Recipe by: AntoniaJames

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)