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Oat Pilaf

(recipe, Amy Halloran)



  1. 2 Tbsp. peanut oil or butter
  2. 1½ cups steel-cut oats (not rolled), rinsed and drained
  3. 1 Tbsp. minced or grated ginger
  4. 1 Tbsp. mustard seeds (brown or black are both fine)
  5. 3 cardamom pods
  6. 1 or 2 dried red chilies, like Thai (optional)
  7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  8. ½ cup grated dried unsweetened coconut
  9. ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, mint, scallions or parsley, or a combination.


  1. 1. Put oil or butter in a pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. When oil is hot or butter melts, add oats and ginger and stir until coated. Add spices and a pinch each of salt and pepper; stir until fragrant, just a minute or two.
  2. 2. Stir in 2½ cups water, bring to a boil, and reduce heat so mixture gently bubbles. Cook undisturbed, until most of the water has been absorbed and holes begin to appear on surface, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit for at least 10 (or up to 20) minutes.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, toast coconut in a skillet over medium-low heat, shaking pan and stirring until it is toasted and fragrant, several minutes (watch carefully that it does not burn). Toss coconut and cilantro into oats, fluffing mixture with a fork. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and serve hot or at room temperature.
  4. Yield: 4 servings.