Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oats Upma - Quick and Easy

Well here comes October or should I say came....gosh where are the months going??...how fast is the year passing by??....Can someone stop it for a moment?..
I wish!!!...wouldn't it have been nice....or much nicer if I had couple more hands...seriously!!! Wouldn't that be out of this world!!!

Here is a quick and healthy upma, which can be made in a jiffy with items which are already in your pantry. Only things you will need are the different veggies.
I would have love to add a little potato and cauliflower too, but I didn't add as I didn't have it.
If you have some frozen veggies, you can add them instead and make this in record time!

I have eaten it before where half and half of oats and sooji are added...or even broken wheat even....I made it with only plain oats and that too quick cooking oats. You can use rolled oats, but make sure to adjust water as required!

Since its quick cooking oats...you have to be careful that it doesn't become mushy...unless you like it all soft....
I do like sooji upma all softy, but this I prefer, not soft but on the drier side. So added the water carefully and sauteed it more to make it dry.
It very easy to make it to your taste..so go ahead and have fun!


1 1/2 cup Oats (quick cooking oats)
1 cup water (and more, if you like it mushy)
3/4 cup mixed veggies (carrots, peas, beans)(and any other veggie you like)
1 tbsp cashews or peanuts (optional)
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 green chilies, chopped
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp channa dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
few curry leaves
2 dry red chilies. broken
1 tbsp grated ginger
salt to taste
pinch of turmeric
chopped coriander leaves
Lemon juice (optional)


Heat oil in a Kadai or Pan.

Saute channa dal, urad dal till brown.

Add mustard seeds, jeera and let them splutter.

Add red chilies,curry leaves and ginger and saute.

If adding cashews or peanuts, add now and saute till brown.

Add onions, green chilies and saute for couple of minutes.

Add the veggies, turmeric and salt. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender.

Add the quick cooking oats and water. Mix well.

Cover and let cook until oats are completely cooked through.

Add the chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with a sprinkle of lemon juice if you like.



  1. A must try I think Smitha.Oats upma looks tempting and am delighted that it's immensely healthy.Thank you.

  2. healthy and yummy breakfast...

  3. Delicious and healthy recipe,luks yum...

  4. A very healthy and colourful upma...power packed breakfast.

  5. Quick & healthy upma..Makes a perfect breakfast dish!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. This is a very good breakfast idea...healthy and quick to make...

  7. Very nice Smitha..:)..days are surely running!..:)..Happy Dussera to you and your family!

  8. I can have this delicious healthy upma anytime, happy dussera wishes..

  9. wow, that looks delicious and this is new to me. Love the idea. I too keep quick cooking oats at home, so can use for this one :)

  10. Smitha, I wish I had known you were interesting in hosting my event, I would have given you this month itself. But, surely, whenever there is an opening, I will let you know. Would you like me to put you down for October 2012 anyways?

  11. Oats the spicy way... such a cool recipe !
    I am at ur blog for the first time and i read on ur profile ur a bharatanatyam dance, so am i! :)
    well, i also have a food blog and would like for you to check it out !


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