Oats Upma

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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.


40 thoughts on “Oats Upma

    Pia said:
    March 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

    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

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      prathibalrao responded:
      March 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      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.

    Shilpa Rao said:
    March 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    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

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      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.

    incidentalcooksuman said:
    March 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Oats upma..sounds healthy to me..need to try this sometime soon..thanks for sharing!

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      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.,

    simson said:
    March 4, 2011 at 1:50 am

    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 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      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.

    Dinkar said:
    April 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    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…


      prathibalrao responded:
      April 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Dinkar,

      Thanx for the encouraging feed back.

    Namrata Kini said:
    June 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm


    Lovely recipes. I would like to try all these recipes.

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Namrata kini,

    Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    sivakumaran said:
    June 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

    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…

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Sivakumaran,

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

    Lata said:
    June 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    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.



      prathibalrao responded:
      June 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      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


      prathibalrao responded:
      June 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

      Hi Lat,

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

    rekha shenoy said:
    June 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    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

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      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.

    Indian Restaurant London said:
    July 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks for sharinging

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      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.

    prudhvi said:
    July 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

    it is so nice

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Thanx a lot for your comments. Do try out the recipe and send me da feed back please.

    Indian resturant London said:
    August 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.I am looking forward to another great blog from you

    shyamaladas said:
    August 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    hi..prathiba how r u……..nice dishes.thank u will try n will post feedback.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Shyamaladas,

      Thanx you maam. Do tru out the recipes of your choice and send me da feed-back please.

    Supriya said:
    August 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

    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.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Supriya,

      So you tried da recipe and thanx a lot for ur feed-back.

    Pallavi said:
    August 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Mom and I loved your recipe, and we are going into our kitchen to try it out right now 🙂
    Very good going with the blog

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Pallavi,
      So please send me da feed-back please. More over thanx a lot for ur comments.

    Tanusri Mukherjee said:
    September 8, 2011 at 8:02 am

    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.


      prathibalraoPrathiba l rao responded:
      September 15, 2011 at 8:15 am

      Hi Tanusri,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. You may also try out the other oat recipes like the Oats idli, oats paratha and oat veg-roti too. i propose to put up yet a few more in a couple of weeks.

    Tanusri Mukherjee said:
    September 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    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.


      prathibalrao responded:
      September 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

      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.

    kriti said:
    September 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

    looks yummy

    Tanusri Mukherjee said:
    September 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    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.

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      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.

    sunny said:
    March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    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

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Sunny,

      Thanx for ur feed back.

    http://tinyurl.com/primfeigh37765 said:
    February 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Just where did you actually acquire the suggestions to create ““Oats Upma The Indian
    Food Court”? Thanks for your effort ,Franziska

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