Oats Upma

Oats Upma

Oats are a superfood that are packed with fiber, protein, and other essential nutrients that are great for your health. They are also incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, from savory to sweet. If you’re looking for healthy breakfast options that are both tasty and easy to make, then oats is a great replacement in some of the common breakfast items you make at home. Oats cook fast, and hence reduce the time needed to prepare these dishes. Oats Upma is a twist on the traditional South Indian Upma, but instead of using semolina, we use oats as the main ingredient.

Not only is Oats Upma healthy, but it’s also incredibly delicious and easy to make. It’s perfect for those busy mornings when you want a quick, filling breakfast that will keep you energized throughout the day. The recipe is quite simple and can be made in just under 30 minutes. All you need are some basic ingredients like oats, onion, couple of vegetables, green chilies, and some flavorful spices like mustard seeds, ginger and curry leaves. The combination of these ingredients results in a hearty, savory dish that is both satisfying and nutritious.

Oats Upma
Oats Upma

You can enjoy Oats Upma on its own or pair it with some coconut chutney or pickle for an extra burst of flavor. It’s a great way to start your day on a healthy note and keep your energy levels high throughout the morning.

Oats Upma

Course: BreakfastCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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Start your day with this healthy and nutritious Oats Upma!


  • Rolled Oats or Instant Oats – 1 cup

  • Oil/Ghee – 1-2 tsp

  • Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp

  • Curry leaves – a few

  • Ginger – ¼-piece, finely chopped

  • Cashew/Peanuts – 1-2 tbsp

  • Green Chilli – 1-2, split

  • Onion – 1 small, chopped

  • Carrot – ½ chopped

  • Capsicum – a small piece, chopped

  • Green Peas – 2 tbsp

  • Salt – as per taste

  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

  • Hot Water – 1 cup for rolled oats / ½ cup for instant oats

  • Lemon Juice – from ½ lemon

  • Coriander leaves – 1-2 tbsp, chopped


  • Add oats to a pan or kadai and dry roast it for a couple of minutes. Remove it from heat and keep it aside.
  • Add oil or ghee to the same kadai. Once it heats up, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves let it splutter.
  • Add the ginger to this and cook till its fragrant and starts changing color. Add the cashews/peanuts and fry till they start browning.
  • Next, add the onion and cook till its translucent. Add the carrots and green peas along with the salt and turmeric powder and give it a quick mix. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes till the vegetables are partially cooked.
  • Next, add the hot water and let it come to a boil.
  • Add the rolled oats and once the water is almost absorbed, cover and cook for a couple of minutes till all the moisture is absorbed.
  • Add the lemon juice and coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Serve hot!

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