We are familiar with the benefits of oats and quinoa for our health. When adding some spices and spinach, the flavors come alive. Oats are a whole-grain food loaded with vitamins. They are a good source of fiber, fat and protein which are all good for us. They include vitamins like Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorus and Iron to name a few.
Quinoa on the other side has plenty benefits of its own. Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.
I and my husband are a fan of Spinach and try to make our kids a fan too. We watched a lot episodes of – Popeye the sailor man. phoo-phoo.
1 cup spinach; blanched
1 small onion; chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger; chopped
2 garlic cloves; chopped
2/3 cup oats flour
1/3 cup quinoa flour
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup water
1. In a blender, add blanched spinach, onion, ginger, and garlic. Blend to make a puree.
2. Take a mixing bowl. Add oat flour, quinoa flour, turmeric powder, garam masala, red chili powder, salt and puree from the blender.
3. Add water slowly into the mixture and mix well. (Do not add too much water as you don’t want your batter to be too watery.) Make sure the batter is of medium consistency.
4. Place the skillet on a medium heat.
5. Pour 2 tbsp of batter on the heated skillet.
6. Using the same spoon, spread the batter evenly in the shape of a circle.
7. Notice the batter is drying from the top and the sides are turning light brown in color, flip cheela (crepe). Press with the spatula so cheela (crepe) cooks evenly.
8. Flip back again (notice light brown patches from previous steps)
9. Flip based on your preference/crispness for 2-3 minutes (depends how crisp you like your crepes.)
10. Serve cheela (crepe) with green chutney or pickles
With the leftover crepe batter, make half-cooked crepes and keep them in the fridge. Crisp them whenever you feel hungry. Enjoy them with chutneys, pickles, or yogurt.
Just a quick DIY tip, in case you are out of oat and quinoa flour, just grind them in your food processor. I use Vitamix.