As with many non-city folk, my experience with foreign cuisines was limited to Italian and Mexican food. Give me lasagna or a taco (Americanized, of course), but sushi? No. Tapas? What’s that? French? Yuck. Russian? Nah. And there were definitely no curries.
My first time eating beyond the Italian/Mexican standards was during my trip to San Diego after college graduation, which was the first time I had sushi. Surprisingly, it was love at first sight. Shortly after, I experienced Thai. Once I was living on the East Coast, sushi and Thai became frequent eats, and pretty soon I was trying French, Indian, Greek, Ethiopian, Ukranian, Spanish tapas, and more.
I will admit, it took me a while to appreciate the taste of curry spices. It’s a very unique blend of flavors that my tongue needed to adjust to. It took some time, but now I’m a fan. My favorite way to eat it is with sweet potato, so I’ve wanted to make this porridge for a while.
A year ago, I bought this curry powder from Trader Joe’s. This is what I used for my oatmeal. I know there are titles like “Yellow Curry” or “Mild Curry,” and unfortunately, I can’t tell you what this is. I’m not trained in curry. All I know is that this is called “Curry Powder” and it’s from Trader Joe’s. Use that information as you will. 🙂
What you'll need:
- 1/8 cup diced onion or leek
- 1/2 cup milk, coconut recommended
- 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth (or more milk)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1 small sweet potato, cooked, peeled, and mashed
- 1 tsp Trader Joe's curry powder or similar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- optional: fresh cilantro or basil, sliced green onion, fresh lime juice
How to make it:
- In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, cook onions or leeks (in broth, water, or oil; whichever you prefer) until translucent.
- Add milk, water, or broth. When liquid begins to boil, add oats. Return to a simmer and reduce heat to medium.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add mashed sweet potato, curry powder, and salt. If using lime juice, add now as well.
- When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. If using, add optional ingredients such as fresh cilantro, basil, or green onion.