It’s been a busy start to the New Year! My other half and I decided it would be a good idea to begin 2016 by completing a job that had been collecting dust at the bottom of our “To Do” list for a little while. A task we had been putting off for months… redecorating the house.
What followed were multiple trips to various DIY stores to pick everything from masking tape and sanding paper to paint brushes and light fittings. Annoyingly, we scrutinised over every detail. The combination of being indecisive and new to the situation did not help either. It also meant we learnt LOTS along the way. For example did you know that skirting board comes in more than one size – and that you should probably check you have the right size before cutting it. Who knew?! (Ps. If anyone needs some 14cm skirting board please holler… my shed will thank you).
If you have ever had work done in your home, you will know two things very well: 1) How disruptive it can be to your everyday routine… and… 2)How quickly dust becomes your arch enemy-it gets everywhere! We cleared most things into our guest room and kitchen which meant that cooking, was well… a royal pain in the bottom. It also meant that during that time, I often defaulted to cooking dishes that were stress free and quick and easy to make. That brings me to today’s recipe! (Excellent segue skills, I know). Spicy masala porridge is my go to dish when I’m craving something filling & comforting and it should be yours too. It also gets bonus points for only taking 10 minutes to make! It’s creamy & crunchy and topped with some mango pickle and plain yoghurt, it’s a real crowd pleaser. So much so that the dating website Match.com featured this recipe on their website! (Check it out here).
Ps. I am now very pleased to say that our decorating is now complete and we have now settled back into our fresher & somewhat newer looking, home (yay!).
- 1 cup (240g) of porridge oats
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tomato diced, diced into ½ cm pieces
- 1 small carrot, diced into ½ cm pieces
- 2 broccoli florets, cut into small chunks
- 1 green birds eye chilli, finely chopped (optional)
- 1tsp salt or according to taste
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp garam masala
- 1/4 tsp amchur/mango powder (optional)
- handful fresh coriander, finely chopped
- Heat a non-stick pan and add the porridge oats and cumin.
- Toast on medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously.
- When you see the oats being to change colour and become slightly darker, add the water immediately.
- Increase the heat to high and add the onions, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and chilli.
- Mix well. Now add salt, turmeric, paprika, garam masala and amchur.
- Allow the porridge to thicken and come to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle on fresh coriander and remove from heat.
- Enjoy on its own or with a dollop of yoghurt and mango pickle!