Oatmeal and Chickpeas sautéed with mild spices and flavored with citrus in a pilaf form. A Healthy Vegan lunch. So satisfying!! 🙂
I am not a big fan of oats but I know it’s a whole grain and has high fiber content, it is filling and helps in losing weight or maintain healthy weight. Oatmeal is very good for heart as well and lowers cholesterol. Hence oats is regular in my diet. But eating oats in regular fashion regularly gets quite boring and since I like to try variety of food and in their new form I came up with Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf. When I thought of oats in a pilaf form I found it quite interesting and kept wondering of how would I incorporate oats in a pilaf form that I don’t miss rice at all. I also wanted to add protein into it and I decided to go with garbanzo beans/chickpeas.
Now that I knew my ingredients the question for me was its incorporation into a pilaf form. Hmmmm. A tough recipe to create because I wanted it to be fluffy and dry and at the same time the oats should be cooked well. Basically I wanted a substitute of rice pilaf. I guess I am little fussy for lunch because that’s the toughest meal to think about. I like my lunch to be filling and nutritious and a good balance of whole grains and protein and it has to be delicious and flavorful. No compromises on taste. 🙂
So coming back to my recipe Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf I decided to venture with my thoughts this time and started warming up the pan with little oil. The moment I added the curry leaves to it my house was full of its aroma and I started to starve immediately. At that moment I exactly knew what taste and texture I wanted for my pilaf. But wait I was still skeptical about the look of Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf. I combined all the ingredients in the pan and when it came to add water that part was quite tricky for me. But eventually and gradually I managed to bring out the texture of my pilaf that I was looking for. 🙂
I happily ate my lunch and was satisfied till evening with a smiling face and lots of energy.