Healthy breakfast starts with a bowl full of oats. A package of oats is full of fibre and nutrition that keeps your stomach full. In reading this article you will learn about different types of oats you can get in Nepal.
Nowadays people are becoming more and more conscious about their health which is why they are shifting to a healthy diet. As there is a saying, Health is a Wealth and nothing can be healthier than a bowl of Century Oat in the morning.
Many people prefer to take a healthy meal. Nutritious breakfast is what you should start your day with. If your breakfast is nutritious, your brain works better and faster all-day.
You might have heard that oats are a healthy morning meal and have health benefits like it helps in controlling blood sugar and is rich in nutrition such as manganese, phosphorus, iron, and other minerals.
But do you know what type of oats you’re consuming? Many might not even know that there are different varieties of oats.
Actually, there are 7 different types of oats available in Nepal. And each of these has a unique quality.
1. Steel-cut oats
Steel-cut oats also known as Irish oat and they have a nutty flavour and chewy texture. It’s a whole and hulled oats that have been cut once or twice with the steel blades into small pieces.
You can cook steel-cut oats in the stovetop, slow cooker, microwave or pressure cooker. They take a little longer time to cook than other oats because of its size.
Larger the piece of oats longer it takes to cook. So, the large piece takes about 25-30 minutes to cooks and the smaller piece of oats takes around 5-7 minutes.
The time to cook the steel-cut oats totally depends on size so for the first time you may get overcooked or raw oats. But with practice, you’ll have an idea about the duration it required to cook.
2. Scottish oats
Scottish oats, also known as scotch oats are almost in the powder form. This is the centuries-old oats results in a creamier when cooked. As Scottish oats are the oldest meal, oatmeal historians consider Scottish oats as original oatmeal.
Though it is in powder form it does take time to cook but Scottish oats cooks litter faster than steel cuts. It takes 10 minutes to cook on the stovetop and if you use the microwave it takes 3 minutes to cook.
3. Rolled oats
Rolled oats are common whole oats that are toasted, hulled, and then rolled. These oats have a mild flavour, chewy texture, and are slightly creamy when cooked. When cooked properly it can absorb a lot of liquid and will keep the shape if you cooked accurately. For Rolled oats, you can use the microwave. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes to cook.
4. Instant oats
Century instant oats are one of the most sold products in Nepal. If you’re in a rush and want to have something full stomach then instant oats are better and healthier than other breakfast snacks.
Open the package of Century’s instant oats put it in the bowl, pours milk in it and your breakfast is ready. If you want to enhance the flavour, you can add some nuts to it.
And yes, make sure you use warm milk in instant oats. Using warm milk is not a necessity but it tastes much better with warm milk.
Moreover, if you want, you can make it tastier and healthier by adding some chopped fruits as well. Strawberry and oats make a good combination. Else you can also add other fruit of your choice.
5. Oat Bran
Oats Bran is the small tan flakes that are eaten as the rich and creamy hot cereal. You can boil it on the stovetop or cook it in the microwave and will be ready within 5 minutes. Moreover, you can add oat barn in small quantities to pancake, muffins, cookies, smoothies, and other quick bread for a boost of nutrition.
6. Oat flour
This is a whole grain fine powder oats which can be used to thicken sauces and gravies. In order to make oat flour, you need to process the rolled oats into a powder. You can easily get it in the market or you can make it at home.
It can also be used as a thickening agent for gravies, sauces, and soups. Fewer people consider mixing oat flour with soup as it can impact the taste of it. But if you do so it can be beneficial to your health.
7. Quick oats
The quick oat is an oat that cooks quickly because it is cut, steamed and rolled into thinner flacks. When preparing quick oats it won’t even take 5 minutes to prepare and eat it.
As it has a very fine texture, quick oats are used in muffins, cookies, and bread.
How to cook oatmeal?
Steel-cut rolled oats and instant oats are the best choices to prepare oatmeal. It’s all about the choice, you can eat any type of oatmeal as you like. You can cook oat with milk or water in a microwave or in a pressure cooker.
How to prepare Century instant oat?
Century instant oats are one of the most popular and easy breakfast meals in Nepal. As Century Foods manufacture healthy and high-quality products, Century instant oat is becoming necessary breakfast item in Nepalese kitchen.
If your day starts early morning, Century instant oat is what you can have for your breakfast. If you want to buy the instant oats of Century you don’t need to run to market in search of it, you can get it in any grocery store.
Once you have brought instant oats of Century to your kitchen, all you need is hot or warm milk. So now you need to take a bowl, add instant oats, and pour some milk in it. If you want to make it sweet, you can add half spoon of sugar.
However, sugar is not necessary. So, if you have high sugar then adding sugar in instant oat is something you need to avoid doing.
Do you like to make it interesting?
If you want to give some flavour to your instant oats, you can add nuts. Or if you don’t like nuts you can add honey.