30 Aug 2011

Caribbean Porridge with Fresh Strawberry Puree

          Porridge, we all know that it one of the healthiest breakfast around. Yes, yes, yes - I agree that oats is immensely rich fiber and all the other goodness but it gets monotonous to have the same breakfast every day.

          Something to satisfy the chocolate cravings with fruity additions, sweetened with intense earthy honey is definitely what I want for breakfast.

          As far as food is concerned, pleasant visuals gets a thumps up from me even before I taste it. I can see that I am getting a positive nod from anyone who is reading this, most of you would agree with me, isn't it???
         Caribbean porridge - the name itself sounds so exotic. It is from the cookbook by Levi Roots who is a "Reggae singer" and a "Celebrity Chef". His book "Caribbean Food made Easy" reflects soulful Caribbean cooking with traditional simple ingredients.
         Dotted with beautiful photographs of the  Caribbean islands, the people with their innocent smiles, breath taking landscapes, sandy white beaches, market scenes with all the bountiful produce on display and food stalls.

         The recipes are very simple resembling Indian cuisine in more ways than one.

        This porridge calls for exotic spices and mellow coconut milk which gives an absolute new flavour to this humble porridge. The recipe is adapted a little according to the ingredients in hand. The strawberry puree and the honey are extra additions suited for my taste.

For the porridge:
Rolled oats: 75 gms.
Water: 100 ml.
Bay leaf: 1.
Whole cloves: 2.
Cinnamon stick: 1 inch piece.
All spice berries : 6-8 [optional]
Thick coconut milk: 50 ml

1. Heat the water in a pan with the spices. Let it come to a boil.
2.Reduce the flame and add the oats.
3.Simmer and stir until cooked.
4.Remove from flame. Remove the spices with the help of a spoon.
5.Add the coconut milk and stir well. Keep warm until serving time.

Fresh Strawberry Puree:
Fresh strawberries: 2 handfuls.
Powdered sugar: 1 tbsp [optional]

1.Hull and wash the strawberries. Whizz along with the powdered sugar to a puree.

Serving the porridge:
Runny honey: 4-5 tbsp.
Chocolate bits: 1 tbsp.
Cooked porridge and strawberry puree.

1.Mix the porridge with around 3 tbsp of honey. In the serving bowl pour the cooked aromatic coconuty porridge until half full.
2.Top with a thick layer of strawberry puree.
3.Top with the remaining porridge.
4.Drizzle with 2 tbsp of strawberry puree and honey.
5.Garnish with chocolate bits.

Serve along with small glasses of strawberry puree, honey and a bowl of fresh strawberries. yum, yum, yum :)

Guys , believe me once you taste this porridge, you will not go back to "skipping breakfast" or "eating unhealthy breakfast" habits.... So lovely is the taste of this dish...

Go on... give it try:)

Sending it to Radhika's Scrumptious Breakfast


Scribbled by Reva


Lifewithspices said...

wow such an aromatic porridge n with sauce its too goood n yumm..

alpana rana said...

Wooooooow..........A pefect morning treat.
Thanks for sharing.

KrithisKitchen said...

Wow.. looks so good... oats is my regular breakfast.. like this version of spicing it up!!
Krithi's Kitchen

Pavithra Elangovan said...

That looks toooooooooo good to start the day.

aipi said...

Such pretty colors ~ love the spices in there n your pics are always a stunner!

Indu said...

Bright and colourful images....Especially like the one of the honey being poured in.

Julie said...

yummy yum porridge n lovely presentation too!!

Suja Manoj said...

Wonderful treat,yummy porridge..bookmarked

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy delicious dear...join us in celebrate
sweets event..check my blog for details

Unknown said...

colourfull porridge.love it

Zareena said...

mmmm.... amazing clicks dear. You rock. Delicious and lovely looking porridge.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

What an awesome looking porridge dear. Can't take my eyes off this eye catching decoration.

Hamaree Rasoi

hemalata said...

Wonderful recipe,looks so healthy and delicious.Nice presentation too.

Unknown said...

What a lovely and aromatic porridge recipe...love the pictures as well..

Mélange said...

A very innovative and fresh porridge..I loved the entire ingredients going into this..Absolutely mind blowing breakfast !

Unknown said...

Like the coconut milk in the recipe the most. Sounds intriguing :)

Anonymous said...

ths luks amazing...stunning shots too...love it sooo mch

Neha said...

Perfect for the breakfast....Pics are awesome..

Rinku Naveen said...

Wow! never heard of this porridge. Looks so yummy with strawberry..

Bharathy said...

The 20th 'wonderful friend';) says that your space is a real fest for the eyes with lovely, awesome posts and pics!!

...the way the honey drops down the spoon..waah!! tooo good!

..now I've to get back to the recipe :)..

Priya Suresh said...

Quite an unusual combo,looks absolutely comforting and filling..

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

That looks awesome...what a way to have oats...beautiful clicks..

cookingvarieties said...

hi reva, it sure is a great idea to strawberry and honey tour the porridge. makes it more flavorful and appetizing

San said...

A great way of inviting the morning with a delectable breakfast like this. Awesome pics.

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

love this idea of porridge. looks delicious.

Unknown said...

Looks so tempting n colorful

CinnamonNChillies said...

wow! exotic! aromatic! stunning pics!! I can keep adding adjectives without end :-))

schmetterlingwords said...

Lovely pictures... The spiced porridge is definitely a change to the usual one :)

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