Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oats Upma

Oats is a common breakfast item in every household now a days. It is an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber and thiamine. Though it is good for everyone, it is highly recommended for people with diabetics, heart problems and high cholesterol levels. Usually, oats is made into porridge which is sweet.

In India, our breakfast items are rarely sweet so I could not enjoy consuming oats in porridge form This prompted me to make a spicy dish using oats.

Serves : 1

You need :
  • 3/4 cup of quick 1-minute oats
  • 1/6 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup of chopped potatoes
  • 1/3 cup of peas
  • 1/3 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small sized onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • pinch of asefoetida
  • coriander leaves/cilantro for garnishing
Method :
  • Dry roast the oats until it turns slightly brown. Set them aside.
  • Cook all the vegetables (expect tomatoes and onion) seperately.
  • In a pan, add oil. When the oil is heated, add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds pop, add the chopped onion and fry them until they turn brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, turmeric, salt, green chillies,asefoetida and fry for a minute.
  • Now add all the cooked vegetables and fry them for a minute.
  • Add water and bring it to boil.
  • Now add the roasted oats and cook them in medium flame for about 5 minutes with occasional stirring. (do not cover the pan with the lid).
  • Add the cilantro and turn the heat off.

It tastes best when served hot.


  1. enna thaan english kaaran oats-a kandupidichaalum upma-va namma (i mean, Indians) thaana kandupidichom.

  2. Oats Upma. It's great.
    You can try Kellogs gravy also.
    We tried that. Its tasty.