"Rolled oats simmered in sweet, spice-infused milk make an exquisite breakfast cereal,"Katzen notes. Oat bran not only boosts the fiber, it also makes the oatmeal creamy and thick.
1 1/2 cups 2% or whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons honey, plus more to taste
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
3/4 cup regular (not quick-cooking) oats
2 tablespoons oat bran, optional
How to Make It
Combine the milk, salt, and spices in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly; add the honey, vanilla (if desired), oats, and bran (if desired), and stir until combined. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the oatmeal is thick and creamy. Serve hot with additional honey to taste.
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The spices are a little harsh and the salt is a little high. If I were to do this again, I'd use 1-2 green cardamom pods split down the side to let the liquid in and a cinnamon stick or two to infuse cinnamon and cardmom without beating you over the head with it. I'd also reduce salt to 1/8t. Otherwise, interesting and different!
This turned out more curry-like than chai-like and was an unappetizing yellow color. Next time I'll substitute ginger and cloves for the coriander and tumeric. I like to use steel-cut oats and the short-cut cooking method. For 2 servings, bring 2 cups water (you could use milk but I like to add that when I'm eating it) to boiling, add the salt, spices, honey, and vanilla. Add 1/2 cup steel-cut oats and bran (I added 2T Fiber One cereal in place of the oat bran). Boil, stirring, for 1 minute. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, boil, stirring, until desired consistency.
What a great way to start the morning! I loved the combination of spices. I ate it on a Sunday morning while watching a movie and it was so cozy and warm. I used vanilla soy milk because it was all I had on hand, so I omitted the vanilla extract, but next time I think I'll add the extract just to give it sweetness. The spices can get overpowering very fast so add carefully; the smell will tell you how you're doing.
This oatmeal was really spectacular! Very flavorful, creamy, and delicious. I'm guessing by the 20-25 minute cook time for the oats they meant steel-cut instead of regular oats (mine cooked up in about 6 minutes) which I will definitely try next time. I topped it with some yogurt (for the protein) and it was a breakfast I will enjoy again and again!
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