Vegetable Oats Upma


Simple healthy breakfast with loads of colourful vegetables.  Regular oats with milk  can be very boring sometimes, that too when you are in a big crave for spicy start.  This version of oats upma could be one good recipe for those days, little lengthy procedure but is a one pot complete meal. Very versatile too… make it simple or your way by ignoring the veggie part and temper with just spices and podis.

1 cup Rolled oats
1¾ cups water
1 no onion (diced)
1 tbsp carrots (diced)
1 tbsp greens peas
1 tbsp green bell pepper (diced)
1 tsp ginger (chopped)
2 nos green chili (slit open)
1 pinch turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili powder
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 stalks cilantro
5 nos curry leaves
½ tsp mustard
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp split black gram
½ tsp oil
1 tsp ghee


I used regular Quaker old fashioned rolled oats for this recipe along with frozen carrots and peas combo pack, rest all from my pantry. Use your imagination and add veggies of your choice too.

Take a wide frying pan, heat oil and ghee. (Ghee gives good flavor avoid if you are too health conscious) Splutter mustard, split black gram, cumin seeds and curry leaves.  Add chopped onion, green chili, ginger and veggies. Give it quick saute over medium heat for 3 minutes. Now add oats, turmeric powder, chili powder and salt.  Mix to combine well and add water.

Let the oats cook. If you prefer slightly dry version then add only 1 1/2 cups of water, cover and cook until it thickens. This way the upma will turn out like flakes and will look separated and fluffy. In my recipe, the water is slightly more and the consistency will look chunky.   Quaker package instruction gives 1 cup oats ; 2 cups water. Adjust accordingly. Once it thickens , switch off and garnish with coriander/cilantro leaves.

Consuming plain oats upma could be little bland… that’s how I felt, so try have it along with some spicy chutney or pickle on the side.  Serving hot is another key otherwise nobody would ever touch this upma. Great for lunch box meal  for adults provided they have facility at work to reheat.


1 cup oats will yield 2 cups of cooked oats. 2 Adults servings.

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