Indian Spiced Oatmeal (or a healthy version of Kheer)

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 29, 2012

My hubby is coming home from India tomorrow!

He’s been there for the past few weeks, visiting family and taking advantage of his last summer vacation as a student. Once he finishes his PhD, those days of flexible vacation will be over. :)

I couldn’t join him (we have too many summer vacations planned that use up my days off, and I’ve been to India a bunch more than he has) – so he embarked on his trip alone. This has been the longest we’ve lived apart since we got married, and we both missed each other like crazy!

Needless to say, we both can’t wait until he lands at SFO tomorrow.

In honor of his trip (and his return), I decided to spice up my breakfast this morning with some traditional Indian flavors. And what’s the best breakfast base for almost any flavor combination?

Oatmeal.

That’s right – I added Indian spices to oatmeal and it tasted absolutely amazing.

It actually reminded me a lot of Kheer, which is basically an Indian spiced rice pudding. It’s super creamy, rich, and sweet – and it’s eaten as a dessert. My oatmeal tasted almost exactly like Kheer, but it’s filling, healthy and balanced – the perfect breakfast. It tastes like it’s bad for you, but it’s actually really good for you!

And of course, it’s extremely easy to make.

The Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats or multigrain oats
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 3 tsp finely ground flax seed
  • 2-3 tsp slivered almonds
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp sugar/honey/agave
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of 1% organic milk (the creamier you want the oatmeal, the more milk you should add)

The Directions

Step 1:  Cook the oats with the water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and cook again in the microwave for 1-2 minutes more until all the water is absorbed and the oats have a very creamy texture. Depending on your microwave, you might have to cook them for longer for them to become soft.

Step 2: Stir in the saffron, flax seed, and almonds. The heat of the oatmeal will help melt the saffron until it’s fully combined.

 

Step 3: Add the rest of the spices (salt, cardamom, nutmeg, sugar/honey/agave) and stir to combine.

Step 4: Stir in the milk until the oatmeal is the consistency you like.

Step 5: Heat the oatmeal again in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until it is hot and ready to eat.

I love the bright red of the saffron and the melted yellow color it brings to the oatmeal.

This is such a fun way to start your day, by having the warmth of Indian spices right in your breakfast bowl. This recipe has about 300 calories, ~7g fiber, and ~14g protein.

It’s guilt-free and delicious!

Indian Spiced Oatmeal (or a healthy version of Kheer)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 bowl of oatmeal

Calories per serving: 343.2

Fat per serving: 13.8g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (assuming 2/3 cup milk and 3 tsp silvered almonds): 343.2 Calories, 13.8g Fat, 219.5mg Sodium, 43.6g Carbs, 7.5g Fiber, 12.8g Sugar, 14.5g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats or multigrain oats
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 3 tsp finely ground flax seed
  • 2-3 tsp slivered almonds
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp sugar or agave or honey
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of 1% organic milk (the creamier you want the oatmeal, the more milk you should add)

Directions

  1. Cook the oats with the water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and cook again in the microwave for 1-2 minutes more until all the water is absorbed and the oats have a very creamy texture. Depending on your microwave, you might have to cook them for longer for them to become soft.
  2. Stir in the saffron, flax seed, and almonds. The heat of the oatmeal will help melt the saffron until it’s fully combined.
  3. Add the rest of the spices (salt, cardamom, nutmeg, stevia) and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the milk until the oatmeal is the consistency you like.
  5. Heat the oatmeal again in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until it is hot and ready to eat.
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren May 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

What a great idea! I am always looking for good breakfast recipes that are filling. Love your blog!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

Thanks so much Lauren! Can’t wait to hear what you think of this when you try it! :)

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Arushi May 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

What a cool fusion! I just had a “Why-did-I-never-think-of-that” moment! I can see this becoming a global phenomena/part of the Indian healthy movement back in the subcontinent ;) Thanks so much for sharing, I need to try this tomorrow morning

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Haha! Thank you so much Arushi!! If people in India started making this for breakfast, that would make my day :) I’m sure you will love it as your breakfast tomorrow!

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Richa May 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

wow what a great idea, so bored of the regular flavors . definitely trying this. Thanks for sharing :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thanks Richa!! I’m sure you will love this recipe – if you love Kheer it tastes exactly the same!

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Mike Ray @ Neapolitan pizza May 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

Dishes made out of oats is very healthy, it lowers fat in the body. It can used along with milk and yogurt too.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

That’s true! Mixing oats in yogurt and letting it sit overnight gives a “muesli” type effect!

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Smitha May 31, 2012 at 8:15 am

Made this for breakfast – AMAZING! Thank you for the great idea!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

Woohoo!! So glad to hear that Smitha!

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Jes May 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

Yum!
My dude is in India right now too :) I can’t wait to cook him some more of your delicious treats upon his return.
These oats look SO good.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

Oh wow! I hope he’s having a great trip! I hope he likes the recipes when you make them for him :)

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Jes May 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

He will/does – :) I love to cook but ran out of ideas a while ago and am constantly scouring the net for flavorful things we both can enjoy. Your site in particular hits home as he is from Chennai and I am from the midwest U.S. where most of the cuisine I grew up on would bore him to tears :). I really truly appreciate your healthy and flavorful (often Indian inspired) recipes that both he and I can enjoy. You help bring harmony to our dining room table for certain!

He is having a great trip. Only 18 more sleeps until he returns :) :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

Aw that’s so good to hear! Hope he has a safe flight back! My hubby came back this past week – he’s still a bit jetlagged – but it’s so nice to have him home!

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ballet class June 7, 2012 at 5:02 am

Great food, I am teaching professional dancers and always looking for recipes like this one. Finding food they can eat a few hours before a dance performance. Because of the energy factor and its light.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Thanks, so glad you like it!

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Harini June 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Gr8 site and a gr8 oatmeal recipe. But I prepare in another way like more and drink.
Pl. visit http://www.upala.net/recipes/desserts/oatsbuttermilk for a different taste.

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angel March 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Very yummy. The saffron looks so pretty in my oatmeal :) I didn’t care for the cardamon though.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thanks Angel! I’m so glad you liked (most) of this recipe :) Cardamom is a strong flavor – so totally understand if it wasn’t for you (it’s not for everyone!) Next time just make it without the cardamom and I’m sure it will still taste great. Thanks again!

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Céline March 9, 2013 at 6:17 am

I am eating this as I write. It’s just perfect, especially on a damp, cold day. Wonderful recipe. Thank you.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed this for breakfast today!

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Alkaline Tom May 11, 2013 at 4:39 am

Interesting … I’ve started using Indian spices a lot more, but hadn’t thought of adding it to my breakfasts! Thanks :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

No problem at all! This is one of my favorite ways to use Indian spices actually – you’ll have to let me know how you like it!

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Anthony Lozen September 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm

For a Picky Eater like me it looks really tasty… question about trader joe’s, what do you do if there isn’t a trader joe’s by you as I live in Flint Michigan so we only have Walmart, Kmart, Krogers the big brand grocery stores.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Hi Anthony! While I do like shopping at Trader Joe’s, you can actually find all of the ingredients for this recipe at any local grocery store – Walmart, Krogers, Safeway, etc. should have everything on this ingredients list. The only thing they may not have is the pre-ground flax seed. But they should have whole flax seeds which you can buy and grind yourself. If they don’t have flax seed at all (or if it’s too expensive – because the cheapest way to buy flax seed is in bulk at the grocery store vs. in pretty packaging) – you can just leave that ingredient out, the rest of the oatmeal is still very nutritious and delicious! Hope that helps!

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Badam Kheer Recipe January 9, 2014 at 12:30 am

You are representing a great version of kheer. I love it. I will definitely try this new version of kheer. Thanks for sharing it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 9, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thank you! Let me know how you like it!

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