Making Porridge Sexy

What we really need is a sexier version of porridge that has all the wholesomeness, warmth, comfort intact but is dressed up and brings a little oomph to winter mornings...
oatmeal porridge with strawberries.

Cool winter mornings bring with them cravings for warm, comforting breakfasts and while Upma, Poha, Dosa and Idli are fantastic, they also take just a little more time than most of us usually have. And sometimes a cozy bowlful of something a little sweet and comforting goes down so well.

While porridge fits that bill perfectly, it has a decidedly unsexy look and texture that many can’t get past. What we really need is a sexier version of porridge that has all the wholesomeness, warmth, comfort intact but is dressed up and brings a little oomph to winter mornings.

When we were younger, porridge would be made tasty by adding sugar and a large pat of butter melting over the top. This sexy version of porridge has all that flavour without even a hint of butter in the bowl. Using regular, quick cooking oats and adding a couple of key ingredients, porridge can be transformed. And the magic ingredient for this transformation is a generous pinch of salt per serve.

Try this easy recipe and you’ll see what we mean.

Porridge You’ll Crave
(Serves 2)


1 cup quick cooking Oats
2 cups Water or Milk or a combination
2 generous pinches of Salt
1 tsp ground Cinnamon

Fresh fruit such as strawberries, bananas, pears
Stewed fruit or a fruit compote
Nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts
Cream for a super luxurious bowl of breakfast
Sweeteners such as sugar, honey or maple syrup


Bring water and salt to a boil over medium -high heat. Add the oats and cinnamon and stir for about 2-3 minutes. Your porridge is ready to be served with any combination of toppings you like.

Note: You could add the sweetener to the porridge while cooking and top up with a little more if you like while serving.
Microwave directions: Add oats, salt, cinnamon and water/milk to a microwave proof dish. Microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds to a minute. Serve with toppings of your choice.


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1 thought on “Making Porridge Sexy”

  1. Love oatmeal in the morning and have been eating it for at least the last 15 years. We prepare a large mixture of oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit and store in a glass container to use everyday. We cook it in the microwave for about 1.5-2 minutes, then add banana, fresh/frozen fruit, milk and a teaspoon of roasted and ground flax seed. Delicious, keeps you full until lunch. Even travel with the mixture.

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