a sexier bircher muesli


It took me a long time to become convinced that Bircher Muesli is worth eating. To be honest, I have always been skeptical towards muesli in general. Uncooked oats? No thanks. I am much more of a granola girl. Uncooked oats soaked in apple juice, water or milk? Really, I honestly rather eat granola. To me Bircher Muesli always sounded like soggy oats and who likes soggy oats? Well, after braving it in at a few restaurants I learned that soggy is not the right adjective. Delightful and juicy are much better.

Classic Bircher Muesli entails soaking rolled oats overnight (in apple juice, water, milk, or yogurt as well as some grated apple) and then adding your choice of nuts, seeds, dried fruit and fresh fruit. You really can add anything - from vanilla to poached pears, from pumpkin seeds to flax seeds, from lime juice to orange zest and from honey to agave syrup. Bircher Muesli is a blank slate. Go wild.

That said, my recipe is not for traditional Bircher Muesli. It is based on a breakfast treat that spoiled me each morning for two weeks at the Taj Mahal in Mumbai. This is a sexier Bircher Muesli. Let's say that regular Bircher Muesli is like a pair of leggings and this version is like a pair of leather pants. It uses roasted amaranth instead of oats and coconut milk instead of apple juice. It is creamy, it is rich, it is indulgent and it is addictive. Feel free to change the recipe to suit your tastes; however, please keep the amaranth, the coconut milk and the spices.

Bircher Muesli with Amaranth and Coconut Milk

inspired by the Taj Mahal, Mumbai

serves 2

Ingredients

1 cup roasted amaranth
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 apple, grated
3 tbsp flax seeds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Toppings

dried apricots (preferably without sulphates)
almonds
hazelnuts
physalis (cape gooseberries)

In a bowl mix together the roasted amaranth, coconut milk, apple, flax seeds, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Cover and put the bowl in the fridge and leave there overnight.

In the morning add the chopped dried fruit and nuts. If it tastes a little too dry, add more coconut milk to taste. Top with physalis and more chopped nuts.

Guten!

Anonymous –   – (February 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM)  

Hello,
I've been looking for the Taj's recipe for Bircher Muesli for years and am excited to try yours. How close to their version would you say yours is? I don't remember the taste of cardamom or ginger in theirs? I also remember theirs being "soupier".
Any insight would be appreciated.

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