Friday, November 30, 2012

Vegetable oats upma

  Oats has high fiber content which is proven to lower cholesterol levels. My husband is a borderline health freak and he deserves the credit for this recipe. In this recipe, I tried similar to rava kichdi, just replacing the rava with oats. Definitely simple, but can be made enticing with colorful veggies!

Serves up to 2 people
Preparation time:30 minutes

1 cup of Oats
1/2 tbsp of chopped ginger paste 
2 slit green chillies
1 chopped carrot
1 small cup of chopped cauliflower
5-6 beans
handful of green peas
1 onion sliced
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
1 small inch of cinnamon stick
2 cloves 
1 piece of cardamom
1 bayleaf
big pinch of turmeric
handful of coriander leaves

1 tsp of ghee
salt as required


1. Add 1 tsp of ghee to the pan, then add the mustard seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves ,cardamom and bay leaf.
2. As the nice aroma comes add the onion, green chillies and ginger and saute for a minute.

3.Add the vegetables, turmeric and salt to the pan. Saute well. Close the lid and allow the veggies to cook. Add a cup of water and bring it to boil.

4.Dry roast oats in a different pan for couple of minutes. transfer the oats to boiling water. Mix well. Close the lid for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame.

5.Add the coriander leaves as garnish. Serve with spicy pickle.


  1. slurp...looks very tempting...

  2. Upma is a somewhat bland traditional dish with a minimum of spices. The addition of "1 small inch of cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 1 piece of cardamom and 1 bay leaf" changes the character of the dish. As someone used to oats pongal for nearly 70 years(thanks to my mother)and oats upma for about 15 years and who continues to experiment with food I dare say that this is not upa but comes in the category of "pulav" or some such thing. By all means experiment (I am all foe innovation) but, I humbly request, do give an appropriate name!



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