Oats are amazingly good for you – and porridge is one of the easiest ways to add them to your diet
Oats are one of the healthiest whole grains you can eat and a great way to start the day. But instant oats are no substitute for proper porridge. If you want to know how to make porridge the traditional Scottish way, this porridge recipe is the real deal.
Porridge is the classic Scottish breakfast. And there’s no healthier breakfast to set you up for the day. Scotland oldest man,
When I was a kid, I was told real Scots didn’t put anything on their porridge except salt. And if – Biera
But I’ve got to be honest, porridge on its own was a little hardcore for me. I always snuck on a little double cream and brown sugar.
These days, I like a little fruit – fresh, frozen or dried – Greek yoghurt and maybe some nuts or seeds. P
Oat flakes and instant porridge can’t compare with traditional porridge made with oatmeal. Oatmeal gives your porridge a fuller flavour and improves the texture. And it has a lower glycaemic index. And that means it keeps you satisfied for longer.
How to make porridge
The traditional way to make porridge is to soak your oatmeal in cold water the night before. In the morning all it takes is to bring your porridge to the boil. Then let it
The best oatmeal to use is medium oatmeal. It’s the oatmeal used in this part of Scotland and it makes a less course porridge than
This porridge recipe makes one medium size portion. Feel free to adjust the quantities to suit your needs. If you keep the ratio of oatmeal to water at around 1:5, you’ll not go far wrong.
Traditional Scottish Porridge
- 60 g medium oatmeal – about 2 heaped tablespoons
- 300 ml water
- 1 pinch salt optional
- Put the oatmeal in a pan. A thick bottomed pan is best
- Cover the oatmeal with the water and leave at room temperature overnight
In the morning
- Add a pinch of salt if – not required, but I believe it improves the taste
- Give the soaked oats a good stir to mix them with the water – this will stop them from sticking and prevent lumps in your porridge
- Place the pan on a high heat and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally
- Once through the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 2 minutes
- Adjust the consistency with a little hot water if your porridge needs it
- Pour into a bowl and add your toppings
– Porridge is a wonderful canvas for other flavours. Add whatever toppings you enjoy, for example:
• fruits – fresh, dried or frozen
• nuts or seeds
• yoghurt or cream
• honey, syrups or sugar (just not too much!)
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