Thursday, May 21, 2009

Oat Coconut Chutney


Having tried using oats in dosai / crepes and instant oat idlis/ steamed cakes successfully I wanted to try using it in chutney. On a busy morning, at the spur of the moment as I was getting ready to prepare a more traditional style coconut chutney as an accompaniment for dosai , this idea of using oats in chutney got into my head. Once the idea struck me I could not resist it and did not even want to wait to try it out, I immediately set out in trying the chutney with oats. 

Having made the chutney I was nervous while serving it to my father. I watched my father taste it with a great deal of anticipation. I was so glad that he was not able to detect the difference at all and thought the chutney tasted just like traditional coconut chutney that I normally prepare. I mentioned that I added oats to the chutney only after he was done having the chutney and he was a little surprised to know that he had something with oats and that it was not discernible at all. 

If you want to add a little more fiber to your breakfast or to anytime food,or you are trying to find new ways to include oats in your diet, try this chutney especially if you have picky eaters at home, it is a simple and tasty way to sneak in oats in your family's diet.
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Ingredients and Method to make oat coconut chutney

2 tbsp split black gram lentil (udad dhal)
2 tbsp split yellow chick pea (chana dhal)
1/2 cup 1 min oats ( I used Quaker)
1/2 to 3/4 cup grated coconut either fresh or frozen ( if you are using frozen use after thawing it to room temperature)
4 green chillies (small Indian or thai varieties) (cut into small pieces) (or according to taste)
10 curry leaves (optional)
salt according to taste

Dry roast the split black gram lentil and yellow chick pea separately in a heavy bottomed pan until reddish and keep aside. 

In the same pan, dry roast the 1 minute oats until it gets slightly brownish and keep aside.

Dry roast the curry leaves in the same pan if using and keep aside.

In a spice grinder coarsely powder the oats, lentils and curry leaves until it resembles bread crumbs.

To this add  the grated coconut and green chillies and grind adding water as required until the mixture is ground to a reasonably fine paste. Use lukewarm water if you are using frozen, thawed to room temperature grated coconut.

Add salt according and mix well.

Adjust water to achieve required consistency


For something unique try this chutney in sandwiches or wraps or as an accompaniment for upma or pretty much any other dish.


Use immediately or refrigerate the balance and use within a day of making, as this chutney does not keep very long. 

Suggested Variations

Add two handfuls of cilantro/ coriander leaves chopped well to the mixture, skip the curry leaves and grind as well for a slightly different flavor to the chutney.

You can also add a little yogurt instead of water to achieve a more creamier and slightly tart flavor to the chutney

Since this chutney got created entirely in my kitchen this chutney is off to the Original Recipe Event being hosted by Lore

42 comments :

Padma said...

That is a very nice way of adding oats to make chutneys ... great idea Usha :)

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. usha, thats a wonderful idea of adding oats while making chutneys.. sure it gives a thicker chutney!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow superb....healthy and tasty....

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That's a very nice idea to add oats to coconut, very healthy too.

kittymatti said...

healthy healthy! very nice idea usha

Curry Leaf said...

Never added oats in chutney.Wow healthy and spicy.

Indhu said...

lovely recipe... oats in chutney... love it :)

Cilantro said...

I would like to try them, I have infused them in many dishes but not in chutney.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! oat in chutney sounds great ..helathy hah! good one thanks for sharing

Prathibha said...

Nice looking Chutney..Healthy bhi..:)

Gita's Kitchen said...

Great idea Usha :) That sure is a healthy chutney!

Madhuram said...

Oats is really versatile Usha and I'm using it a lot these days. Thank you for another interesting recipe with oats. Recently I tried pongal with oats and it was so good.

Superchef said...

that must be a nice creamy and healthy addition to the regular coconut chutneys!

Lisa said...

I never would have thought to use oats in chutney! Great idea Usha.

DEESHA said...

nice healthy chutney , oats is soo versatile

jayasri said...

you are so innovative, great it is, oats chutney mmm.., was it very tasty ?, do you children will like it, because they are so healthy this way i can make children eat oats, without them knowing it !!, it would be a great idea, i am yet to try all ur oat recipes..,

Cham said...

Another way to sneak a healthy ingredient!

anudivya said...

You have inspired me Usha, I am going to make this soon. I love love the idea of oats in chutney.
So I guess your dad is here, and he must be your best critic now.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Healthy yummy and a fabulous chutney!!!

sema said...

an innovative idea to add a healthy item to the regular fare!

Sharmila said...

Hey Usha this is a great idea! I can make it to fool myself as am not too fond of oats. :-)

Vibaas said...

gr8 idea to add oats. yum!

Shreya said...

i would never have thought of it. This is really nice, and would love to try it :-)

Priya said...

Wow very creative chutney Usha!

sowmya said...

oats for chutney..that sounds good..

Valarmathi said...

Healthy and yummy chutney.

Suparna said...

Hi Usha,
Brilliant idea! I am an oats freak :) and am glad I got this recipe, thanks dear.
U r a smart girl usha...lol kept quite till ur father finished his breakfast and then told him abt the experiment ;)LLLLOL tha's really cute ...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Very unique recipe. Looks so good. Healthy too. YUM!

Pam said...

Mmm. I love anything with coconut - it looks and sounds really tasty.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow what a great idea using oats in chutney realy a helthy way nice will try soon looks yum

Anu said...

Yet another healthy entry from Usha :) Loved the addition of Oats... will try!

Vidya said...

Neat idea Usha :)

Sujatha said...

wow, thats a nice recipe! very unique combo.. and healthy!

Sireesha said...

Very innovative ,healthy and delicious chutney...

Sireesha said...

Very innovative,healthy and delicious chutney

Red Chillies said...

how cool is that. I have added oats while making dosa batter but not to the chutney.

Lore said...

Wow, sneaky :), I love it! Always happy to take on board any tips on how to include more fiber in our diet. Thanks for sharing your delicious chutney with the Original Recipes Round-up.

Ramya said...

wow...this is such a good idea...I usually make this with groundnuts...

Parita said...

Wow this is such a good and healthy way using oats more in daily food...love it!!

Sara said...

Wow, this sounds so unique! I wouldn't have thought to combine those ingredients, but I can see how it would be delicious.

sangeeta said...

lots of innovative chutneys here.....wonderful......i am gonna try them.

nursha kitchen said...

suuper idea..

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