Oats Upma

Oats Upma

How long it takes – 45 minutes

Number of servings – 3-4

Oats has gained lot of importance in today’s world with increasing awareness of healthy foods and living.  A large variety in the kind of oats available at the stores allows us to select our favourite as per texture and taste. I normally use either “Saffola”, “Quacker” or “Champion”.  Among these, I typically use “Quackers” a lot. I have already put up Oats Idli and today I would like to put up “Oats Upma” which makes for a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack when cooked colourful vegetables and onions.  Here it is:

What you need to have:

1.  Oats (any brand) – 1 cup

2. Fine sujee (rawa) – 1/2 cup

3. Chopped mixed veggies – 2 cups

Chopped veggies and Green peas

Ingredients of seasoning with cup of oats & sujee

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Blackgram dal – 1 Teaspoon

3. Green chilly – 3-4 (chopped)

4. Curry leaves – 3-4 strings

5. Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

6. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

7. Raisins – A handful

8. Cooking oil – 2-3 Teaspoons (Saffola oil)

9. Salt – To taste

10. Sugar – A pinch (optional)

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop all the veggies of your choice like capsicum, french beans, cauliflower, carrots and keep it aside as shown in image-1.

2. Place a wide bowl and cook chopped beans and carrots with a little salt. When they are half-cooked, add chopped cauliflower and cook till done.

French beans and carrots being cooked

Chopped cauliflower being cooked

3. Place a skillet with fine sujee in it and dry roast till you get a pleasant aroma and keep it aside.  In the same skillet, add 3-4 Teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame. When hot add mustard seeds to it; as the spluttering starts add blackgram dal.  When fried add raisins to it along with chopped green chilly and curry leaves to it.  Fry a bit and add chopped onions to it Continue frying till done adding little salt to it so that it is not burnt.

Onions being fried in the seasoning

4. Now add chopped capsicum to it and stir in for a while till done and add Green peas as well to it and cook till smooth. On the other gas place 1 and 1/2 cups of water in a bowl on low flame till it starts boiling.

Chopped capsicum being fried in the seasoning

5. Add roasted fine sujee from step-2 to it and stir in and add boiling water to it and close the lid for a while so that it is cooked.

Roasted fine sujee being added to it

6. When done add the oats to it and stir well to sprinkle water to it so that it is cooked well. (Oats do not need much water to cook and will use up the moisture from cooked sujee too.)

Oats being added to cooked sujee mix

7. Now add cooked veggie from step-2 to it, mix well with a wooden spatula so that veggies is not crushed.

Cooked veggies being added to upma

8. Finally add chopped coriander leaves to it and serve hot with any snacks of your choice like the sabudana mixture or chutney or ketchup and enjoy.  And like I always like to say, it will be… Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

Ready to serve Oats Upma

How long it takes – 45 minutes

Number of servings – 3-4

Good to remember:

1. Veggies used should be fresh and of one’s choice.

2. Sujee used for the dish brings the required texture  to the dish.

3. Water depends upon the variety of sujee is used.

5. Please do not pour water after adding oats , since it does not consume more water at all for cooking and the dish may turn mushy.

6. This could be a tiffin, breakfast and also a lunch-box dish for sure.

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40 thoughts on “Oats Upma

  1. Its really healthy!!! Love to cook it soon

    I have added Innovative salad event # 2 in the Cook healthy blog. This month’s Theme is Fruits- Pineapple, strawberry or Apple. I would be really glad if you will link your salad recipes with this event. Please click on the link below for details

    Innovative salad event # 2

    • Hi Pia,

      My salad recipes are veg salad only. You mean it as fruits like the Pineapple and Strawberry. I hardly have any fruit salads in my blog. Can i like the salad recipes of sprouted Moong etc?? Please reply.

  2. Hi Pachi,

    I was waiting for this recipe from someone for a long time, finally you have posted the same.

    I visit your blog regularly but was somehow not able to enter any comments today I realised that the columns of email and website have shifted and finally got to post my comments.

    Hope allz well with you. Thanks for your lovely recipes, I shall make this tomorrow as today is Shivratri.

    Best regards,

    Shilpa Rao

    • Hi Shilpa,

      These days everybody is health concious and hence at least one can prepare these healthy recipes twice a week to maintain it i personally feel.

    • Hi Incidentalcooksuman,

      Really though oats upma may seem to be not as popular as Gobi manchuri or the veg-cutlet it really tastes great with the combination of all veggies etc.,

  3. namaste maam :)
    after the brilliant breakfast OONDI i guess this surely will leave me empty stomach again,coz its simple and quite easy i assume.
    i havent tried this so far but this sunday for sure n ill for sure give u response.
    lastly anna request a recipe too.
    since my friends are fond of my cooking wanna give them a best summer treat with some cool dishes apart from what you have already posted.
    and yes spl request would be of a cake ofcourse in ur style without eggs.
    simson :)

    • Hi Simson,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. I have tried it out and will think of putting it up in a couple of weeks.

  4. Dear Pratibha:

    The other day, my wife made this for breakfast.. I like oats even as it is made usually (as oatmeal with nuts/raisins), but the Upma was just too good…


  5. hi mamm..
    i am a boy.. my mom s taking reularly oats in the form of starch in morning for a medical treatment.. i wish to give her a delicious fodd with oats. this will make her hpy.. i willl cook tomorow mrng otsel.. thank u
    with regards,
    siva-hve a hpy time…

    • Hi Sivakumaran,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do check out oat idly http//..cuisineindia.wordpress.com2010/05/26. This is for ur reference.

  6. Hi Pratibha,

    You dont know what u have done by posting this receipe. I used to hate oats. Once accidentally I purchase one full can of Quaker oats thinking it will make a good breakfast cereal but to my surprise it was difficult for me to swallow down my throat. Thanks a ton for giving a really tasty variation to this bland grain. One request, please post some cookies/cake receipes with oats. Once again, thanks a lot n good wishes to u.



    • Hi Lata,

      Do check out “Oat idly” as well on the blog. It is also an easy recipe like the Rava idli. Just try out and send me the feed back.

      Prathiba Rao


    • Hi Lat,

      Thanx a lot for ur encouraging comments. Do see the other “Oats idli”, try it out and send me the feed back.

  7. hi Pratibha Akka….
    finally found you delicious recipies…i am so happy to know that u have a lots of cooking tips and such delicious recipies…so well explained…i will definetely try them and am sure it will turn out very nice and great…
    love you…thanks
    ur niece

    rekha shenoy

    • Hi Rekha,
      Glad to c u here on this blog. This blog is on the face book as well now very recently. Do try out some recipes and send me the feed back as well. Bye for now and take care.

    • Hi.
      Thank you for stopping by and for the compliments. I try my best and it does seem that putting up step-wise pictures has been very useful to everybody. Please do try some recipes and let me know how it went.

  8. Hi Pratibha, after reading your Oats Upma post, I also started adding oats to my upma…love the healthy addition. Thanks for the tip. BTW, I recently bookmarked several of ur recipes & can’t wait to start trying those.

  9. Hi Pratibha

    I am frm Spore and recently my husband had to undergo bypass surgery. This recipe of yours is heaven sent. My husband just relishes this breakfast and doesnt mind eating it 4-5 days a week. Thanx a lot for this wonderful recipe and anyway your recipes are all very healthy and nutritious.


  10. Hi Pratibha

    Your oats idli was just lovely and it has become a great breakfast in my house. Would appreciate if you could put up some more oats recipes.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Navratri and Durga Puja.


    • Hi Tanusri Mukherjee,

      Thanx a lot for feed-back. I feel you originate from Kolkatta no?????/So we also celebrate Durga puja here and i also wish you all the same. Bye for now.

  11. Hi Pratibha

    Yes I am originally from Kolkata but at present residing in Singapore. BTW i passed on your oats idli and oats upma recipe to some of my friends in Spore and they just went gaga over it. They too have send their thanx as it provides all of us with such varied breakfast recipes.

    Regards and take care. Looking forward to more of your recipes.

    • Hi Mam,

      Thanx a lot for passing on the recipes to your friends community. Please i request them to kindly comment on the blog which will be a good feed back to me.

  12. found it really delicious…..

    even i made lil lyk dat dish
    but it turned out to be lyk tomato bath

    once again thank u prathivha

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