Monday, April 4, 2011

Wishing everyone a Happy Ugadi with 'Oats' Kesari

Happy Khara Nama Samvatsara Ugadi to everyone!!

I hope everyone is celebrating with lots of goodies and yummy dishes!
I just finished my work for today, all the prayers and cooking done. And now I got the chance to sit and write my today's post. I just have less than 1/2 hour before I have to run again and pick up my kids :)) so doing a quick post!

Ugadi reminds me only of nice plump green sour mangoes...and we don't have to wait long before the mango season kicks into full high!!
The mangoes I got this time were reall green and sour, so made Mango Pulihora for Ugadi for the start of the mango season. Recipe will be coming soon!

We cannot celebrate Ugadi without something sweet, so instead of the usual sweets, I made a sweet with oats. Its was sweet and healthy at the same time! :))
I was kind of scared how it will come out and how it will taste, but it came out good. Even my husband liked it!! that means it surely passed the taste test!!
I made it exactly the way I make Ravva Kesari.

Use water little cautiously. Since I like the oats slightly nutty and not completely smooshed...I added less water and let it cook covered, till the oats were cooked.

I used 'Old Fashioned Oats', that why they stayed in the oats shape even after cooking...if you use quick cooking oats, it might get mushy and not retain the shape!

The end result was slightly nutty oats which were sweet. Since oats are also slightly starchy, you may see a stringy nature in the sweet. I liked it tho!!!


1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup water (Use accordingly, less or more)
3/4 cup sugar (or less)
pinch of cardamom powder
pinch of yellow or kesar food color (optional)
few cashew nut and golden raisins
1 tbsp of ghee


Roast oats till slightly turning color. Keep aside.
Roast Cashew nuts and raisins in ghee till brown and keep aside.
Bring water to a rolling boil. Add food color, sugar and cardamom powder.
Add oats to the boiling water. Cook until almost all the water is absorbed.
Cover and cook on low heat, until all the water is absorbed and the oats are cooked.
Remove from heat and add the cashews and raisins.
Serve warm or cold. Offer as Naivedhyam.

Here are my recipes for Ugadi Pachadi, Chintapandu Pulihora, Masala vada, Ulli Garelu
and Pappu garelu.


  1. Brilliant idea Smitha. Kesari with Oats. Looks very tasty. Should try this

  2. Happy Ugadi Smitha, Sure, a healthy sweet I must say..Tasty also..

  3. Happy Ugadi to you too dear! I said that you in FB too..Oats Kesari is so innovative. A guilty pleasure with "little less" guilt, I suppose. :)

  4. Happy Ugadi dear:) Oats kesari looks very delicious..

  5. oats a yummy dish...I'm into oats now a days...surly would love to try it sometimes !

  6. Happy ugadi dear!
    Oats halwa is a innovation and it looks so festive n exotic!
    PS- I loved your platter n serving bowls :)

    US Masala

  7. happy ugadi dear !! oats halwa is very healthy and innoviative !!

  8. Happy Ugadi to you too..Love the Oats kesari. If you intend participating in the event in our space. This would be a good entry..You might just need to post a menu with the rest of the ingredients ..check out the details if interested..

  9. Kesari with oats in innovative and sounds delicious. Yum. Happy Ugadi.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

  10. Happy ugadi to you! Healthy and delicious kesari.

  11. Hope you had a great day dear and oats kesari is wow ...such wonderful idea

  12. Lovely Oats Kesari...First time to your blog... you have a lovely collection of to follow you..

  13. Happy ugadi to u and ur family Smitha, wat a healthy and delicious kesari..awesome!

  14. sri khara nama samvatsara shubakanshalu:)
    oats kesari is so new to me:)looks so colourful!

  15. oats kesri- like the sound of it, looks good too ! belated ugdi wishes to u & family smitha ! Wishes for a great year ahead !!

  16. Happy ugadi to u too!!! A fantastic recipe, satisfies ur sweet tooth while giving u the healthy factor!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  17. oh what a healthy idea to celebrate and very happy Ugadi Smitha!

  18. What a healthy treat..looks amazing smitha.. I wish u Happy ugadi again.

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  20. happy Ugadi dear.. even i made a kesari, bt with beetroot :) this looks divine.. fst time here..

  21. Love to grab that bowl and gulp right now....looks extremely yum...

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  23. oats Kesari - such a marvelous idea - I am totally bookmarking this to try - Hope you had a lovely Ugadi celebration Smitha :) xoxo priya

  24. First time here..i love oats and experiment with it..this looks drop at my space too.

  25. Awesome Recipe Dear.Will try it soon.Yummy.

  26. That looks so tempting! I'd love to try that recipe, looks really delicious. Here's sending my warmest Ugadi wishes to you and your family. Have fun!

    Rasmi xxx


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