Oats pongal is Sendhil's most favourite oats recipes.I have been making this for long time but somehow i din’t post here. He says this is the best among all the oats recipes . I make this at least once in a week. Sometimes i pack this pongal for his breakfast when he leaves early from home.It stays soft for hours. As i make in pressure cooker, I would say this is the easiest and healthy one pot breakfast recipe.But make sure u add lesser salt than the usual quantity because oats needs lesser salt than rice , adding more makes the dish salty..
Oats – 1 cup ( i used horlicks oats)
Moong dal – 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – As needed
Water – 2.5 –3 cups
Oil – 2 tsp
Pepper corns – 1 tsp
Jeera – 1.5 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Ginger – 1 inch piece (chop finely)
Green chilli – 1 no (slit)
Hing- 2 pinches
Ghee – 1 tsp ( to add in the end)
In a pressure cooker base , heat 2 tsp of oil and add the pepper corns. After it starts to splutter , add jeera ,green chillies ,ginger & curry leaves. Saute everything for a second .
Then add the moong dal and roast it for a minute.Keep the flame low to avoid burning of spices & dal..
Add 2.5 –3 cups of water , Hing ,turmeric powder & salt. After it starts to boil,add the oats.Mix well and close the cooker with the lid.Cook it for 1 whistle in low flame..
Switch off the flame, Open the cooker after the steam is released.U’ll see a layer of water on top of pongal.
Again switch on the flame & mix the pongal well till all the water is absorbed. Add a tsp of ghee and switch off the flame.
Serve hot !!
U can make pongal in kadai too but u have to pressure cook the dal separately and add to the oats.I feel the above method easy for me to make everything in pressure cooker.
Please adjust the water quantity as per the consistency u need. I always add 1:3 oats & water ratio as my husband likes it mushy and wet.
Addition of turmeric powder is optional. I usually add it to differentiate between rice & oats pongal.. :)