Does anyone need to be told that whole grains are better for you?
Growing up, rice was mostly par boiled or rose matta rice, both of which are highly nutritious and chapathis/rotis were made with whole grain wheat.(The wheat was bought, washed, dried in the sun and taken to the mill to be converted to the Whole wheat flour!!) There was hardly any bread and pasta and noodles and cereal etc.
But now it's not so easy to make every choice whole grain and healthy. I kind of(yeah, let me see if I can do it) resolved to increase the whole grain intake in my family this year. Not very easy coz all the Kerala Breakfast items, puttu, vellappam, pathiri,etc( which are mostly made of white rice) show up as dinner in my house. So every meal, whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner should try to inject whole grains in it if it can be done.
So got curious by this article in NY Times.NY Times Dining section is a good time pass on Wednesdays mornings with tea. This week's issue is out to promote whole grains for breakfast.. in rebellion to the sugar laden cereal and donuts as options. Read this article, Whole Grain Breakfasts. You might recognize a couple of options that you are already familiar with. But can you guess what this recipe for Coconut Oat Pilaf closely resembles and if you had to give it an Indian name, what would you call it?
Most of you guessed it correctly..Oats Upma!! When I first saw it, the recipe looked glamorous and exotic but reading into it, realized that it's just UPMA!! Our staple is going mainstream.