Creamy Oat – Amaranth porridge

Oat-amaranth porridge is the healthiest way to start your day. This is my twist on regular everyday oat porridge. Amaranth is high in protein, fiber, and iron along with various other nutrients. Amaranth has an earthy, nutty flavor with a bit of chew texture which goes really well with steel-cut oats.

This hearty and creamy porridge is going to keep you satisfied from breakfast through lunchtime. Enjoy!!!

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Serves: 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/4 cup Amaranth (Rajagra)
  • 1-1/2 cup Water 
  • 1 tablespoon Raisins
  • 1 tablespoon Goji berry optional
  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped Almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup Milk 
  • Chia seeds for serving, optional
  • Desiccated coconut for serving, optional
  • Pineapple preserve / Jam or any other jams/ preserves of your choice, optional

How To:

  • Add oats, amaranth, and water to the pot, bring it to boil on high.
  • Once it starts to boil, lower the heat, add raisins, berries, and almonds to it, stir it well.
  • Let it simmer on medium-low for about 15 mins. You will need to stir it towards the end once the water is almost evaporated or else it will start sticking to the pan.
  • Add milk and honey to it, mix well. Simmer it for about 2 minutes. Adjust the consistency of the porridge by adding more milk or water per your liking.

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  • Add more honey if you want it sweeter. Alternatively, you can add it to individual bowls as well. Turn off the heat and serve in individual bowls.

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Serving suggestion:

  • Serve it warm in a bowl as is or sprinkle some chia seeds and coconut. Top it with a spoonful of pineapple preserve or jam, or any other preserve or jam of your choice. 
  • It can also be served with fresh fruits (berries, banana), chopped nuts, or seeds with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey over it.

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Note:

  • Sweeteners: If you choose not to use any jams or preserves add more honey to the porridge. Alternatively, you can add any sugar of your choice or maple syrup or date syrup. You can skip adding any sugar as well and just add jams or preserves.
  • Amaranth: You can add more amaranth as well if you like. Adjust the proportions of amaranth to oats based on your preferences. Note that adding more amaranth will change the texture and also the taste of the porridge.
  • Oats: Texture of the porridge will also depend on the kind of oats used. Rolled oats will give you smooth consistency and will cook quickly as well. I personally like steel-cut but use what you have on hand and like.
  • Milk or water: If you prefer you can cook it in all milk or all water. In case you using all milk you will need to keep a close eye on the porridge or else it will start sticking to the bottom. You can use any milk of your choice

 

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