Anjali ShahAnjali Shah is a food writer and owner of The Picky Eater, a healthy food and lifestyle blog. Anjali Shah grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, she taught herself how to cook and successfully transformed her husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to her healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients.
There are rare instances where you will find healthy versions of Indian food, especially sweets. But today Anjali Shah shares with us her healthy version of Kheer or as she calls in Indian spiced oatmeal.
Indian Spiced Oatmeal or Healthy Version of Kheer
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
Stevia or Agave to taste
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of 1% organic milk (the creamier you want the oatmeal, the more milk you should add)
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, stevia) 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.
*Images and text courtesy: © Anjali Shah
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