There is nothing more appetising than starting your day with a bowl of oats. If we had our way, we would've surely loved to eat oats for all three meals of the day.
Apart from being extremely tasty, oats are known to be very healthy and are a versatile food item. Oats, which is known as "Jai" in Hindi, are packed with carbs, essential fatty acids and vitamins.
There are innumerable health benefits of oats that not many people are aware of. Here's a look at some of them.
1. Helps Keep Skin Problems At Bay
Oats are extremely beneficial for the skin. Did you know that oats have been used since 2000 BC by the early Arabs and Egyptians to beautify their skin? Yes, cooked oats is one of the best remedies to alleviate most of the skin problems such as acne and blemishes.
2. Helps Treat Obesity And Aids In Digestion
Oats are great in treating obesity-related issues. Interestingly, it aids in the process of digestion due to its high fibre content, thereby helping you tackle the problem of obesity. This versatile food is easily digestible and it also helps keep hunger pangs away.
3. Contains Antioxidants That Are Beneficial In Treating Heart Diseases
The antioxidants present in oatmeal are called avenanthramides that help keep free radicals at bay in the body, thereby helping in treating many of the heart diseases.
4. Helps Control The BP Level
With regular consumption of oats, you can drastically reduce your high BP levels. Stress and our change of lifestyles are two of the culprits that are causing undesirable differences in the body. Well, now there's an easy solution to regulating the BP problem in a better way!
So, we all got to know the health benefits of oats; however, did you know that this extremely nutritious food item is also highly versatile and can be cooked in a number of ways?
There are days when we crave tangy, sinful food and we are guilty to sometimes overindulge ourselves in it.
But, what if we told you that you could make your favourite guilty pleasure food with the help of oats? Don't believe us? Read on.
The Chaat Challenge
Now, who doesn't like munching on chaats, right? Crispy fried potato patties with oodles of tangy and sweet sauce seems like a perfect pick-me-up dish when you are feeling down.
However, what if you could transform this high-calorie snack into a healthier version. Let's look at one such healthy oats chaat recipe.
Oats Tikki Chaat Recipe
A low-cal option for the fitness enthusiasts, Oats tikki chaat is a perfect comrade for those rainy days.
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 cup of diced carrots and bell peppers
- 1 tsp of ginger & garlic paste
- ½ tsp of garam masala powder
- ½ tsp of chaat masala powder
- ½ tsp of chilli powder
- 1 or 2 boiled and mashed potatoes
- Tangy or sweet chutney
- Fried crushed corn and coriander strands for garnish
Method Of Preparation:
- Dry roast the oats.
- Add all the masalas, chilli powder and ginger & garlic paste to it.
- Now, add the carrots, bell peppers and mashed potatoes to it.
- Form the mixture into small tikkis.
- Now, shallow fry or grill the tikkis on a tawa.
- Sprinkle a spoon of curd along with some tangy and sweet chutney.
- Garnish it with some lightly fried crushed corns and coriander strands.
This healthy chaat is what you need to pick up after a tiring day at work.
Food enthusiasts, if you like to indulge and yet keep it healthy, including oats in your favourite chaat recipes is a great option.
Now, here's the interesting part, for those food enthusiasts who like to keep it healthy and yet fun, Quaker oats along with Chef Vikas Khanna have come up with an interesting competition called the Quaker Bring Your Tastiest Bowl challenge.
Well, here's your chance to come up with a drool-worthy recipe using oats. So, yes people, think oats!!Oats sev puri, Oats masala chaat, Oats basket chaat, yumm...just let your imagination run wild....
Lucky food enthusiasts stand a chance to win a grand prize worth Rs 50 lakhs and two lucky winners will get to participate in the show hosted by chef Vikas Khanna himself!
Just log on to Quaker Oats and submit your entry to get started! So, hurry up, take out your aprons, whip up your favourite bowl of oats chaat and send in your entries NOW!
Don't miss to take a look at 'Bring Your Tastiest Bowl' (#BringYourTastiestBowl) challenge. See you on the other side!
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