Years ago oats was associated with the word porridge, soft greyish porridge which was topped with milk and sweetened with either chopped fruits or honey. For many many years it was considered the choice for breakfast especially in the west, second only to cereal out of a box..And to a certain extent it still is among the world’s top choice of breakfast. Easy to make and is rich in vitamins , mainly its low in cholesterol and is high in dietary fibre.
This fact has been repeatedly pointed out to us in the form of advertisements where in a neat and tidy mother is dishing out porridge to her happy family or where a doctor in a white jacket is telling us seriously how oats reduce our cholesterol and protect our heart.
Nowadays oats are available in many forms, plain, rolled, steel-cut or even savoury..I use oats instead of breadcrumbs many a time to bread chicken or tofu or even the humble potato tikki.. here the only drawback being that oats does not panfry well… so on certain occasions I do deep fry anything that is breaded with oats…
THE TOFU OATS BURGER
FOR THE BATTER..MIX TOGETHER
1 cup flour
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp of babas curry powder
salt and a pinch of sugar
water as needed
mix everything together to ensure no lumps remain, the batter should be of medium thick consistency. Keep aside for a while.
Take thin slices of tofu and dip into this batter and then coat with oats, press firmly and refrigerate before deep-frying in hot oil..
Assemble tofu slices , tomato slices, salad leaves , spiced mayonnaise onto a burger bun.
serve the burger with french fries
** I make spiced mayonnaise by mixing mayonaise with chilli sauce, lime juice and dijons french mustard.