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Oats and lots of fun

It is usually meant for porridge at breakfast time or when one is not in good health. Some exotic preparations are possible with a little innovation. Here are a few to try:

Oats mango smoothie

Ingredients: Oats ½ cup, ½ cup water,  ¾ cup milk & sugar to taste for the porridge; Superior variety mango pulp ½ cup, milk powder 1 tbsp, crushed badam & pista ½ cup, sugar 2 tsp, vanilla ice cream — 2 scoops or more.

Method: To prepare the porridge — Boil oats in water and milk with a little sugar for 3-4 minutes or till it thickens. Let it cool.

Mix mango pulp, sugar and milk powder in a small bowl. Beat with fork till it is frothy. Add a part of the crushed nuts.

Take a glass, add 2 tbsp of porridge, and 2 tbsp of mango pulp to it. Before serving, add two scoops of icecream and sprinkle remaining crushed nuts on top. Tastes delicious cold.

Oats pancake with banana

Ingredients: Oats 1 cup, thick coconut milk 1 cup, milk as required for pancake batter (dosa-like consistency), ripe banana pulp ½ cup, fine sooji ¼ cup or more, sugar 2-3 tbsp as per taste, pure ghee few table spoons for the griddle, pinch of salt.

Method: Soak oats in ½ cup of watery milk for 10 minutes. Add coconut milk, banana pulp, sugar, sooji and pinch of salt. Beat well to the consistency of thick dosa batter.

Heat a griddle (non-stick) on medium flame. Add a tsp of ghee and ladle the pancake batter leaving it to spread by itself. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes. When the edges are brown, flip and add a tsp of ghee on top of pancake. When both sides are golden brown, remove from fire and serve hot with butter, honey or corn syrup.

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