Aromatic Oatmeal

oatmeal, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, aromatics

I woke up this morning craving oatmeal.  Sort of a weird craving considering it’s going to be 120 degrees today and a hot breakfast isn’t the way to go when you’re try to stay cool!  Nevertheless, that’s what I made.  I created this oatmeal recipe a while ago.  I was trying to think of a way to brighten up mundane ol’ oatmeal without just adding sugar.  Then one day, I was making rice pudding and it hit me!  Why not use the beautiful aromatics of a rice pudding to give my morning oatmeal some character?  So, that’s what I did and it worked great!  I will usually add rice milk and a little drizzle of agave. So, even though it heated my up a little this morning, I just cranked up the air and turned on a floor fan.  Et voila!  I’m nice an cool and my taste buds are satisfied!

oatmeal, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, aromatics
Aromatic Oatmeal
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
I was raised on instant oatmeal that came in flavors like maple and brown sugar, apples and cinnamon, and cinnamon and spice. My favorite was always the cinnamon and spice. Thus, I have created my own natural version of this simple breakfast by using some eastern Indian influences.
Servings: 1 serving
Author: The Culinary Crossover
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • tsp ½ cardamom or 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cup whole oats
  1. Add the water to a medium saucepan along with the cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom. Bring to a boil. Note: if you are using cardamom pods, be sure to open them slightly by smashing them with a spoon, like you would to peel garlic.
  2. Add the oatmeal and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the cinnamon, star anise and cardamom (if you used the pods) Transfer to a serving bowl; add milk and a drizzle of agave.

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