I got to taste a wonderful new grain Cavena, naked oats. It is a healthy hulless oat which is gluten free and high in protein.
As for the texture, it tastes like bulgur wheat and corn kernels because it has a chewy nutty flavour.
It is a nice rice substitute, a little bit of this grain is very filling. It is a delicious addition to salads and soups. Cavena can also be added into breads and muffins as an oats substitute; toast, cool and grind before adding. Ground toasted Cavena mixed with breadcrumbs can be used for coating and frying i.e. fish.
Here is the nutritional analysis an interesting chart. It has more dietary and soluble fibre, protein and omega fats.
To make this grain simply put 1 cup of Cavena into 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water with a pinch of salt (this is optional) and bring to a boil. Cook covered in low heat for 40 minutes till the water as absorbed. It doesn't get overcooked as the texture of this grain is soft and chewy.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp onion
1/2 cup carrots
1/4 cup pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cooked Cavena
Heat oil add cumin seeds, bay leaves and onion. Then add carrots, pepper, salt and saute. Add the Cavena once the carrots are cooked to taste. Serve hot.
This rice of the prairies is sold in Canada and it will be available in the US do check it out and enjoy including it in your diet.
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