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oats upma recipe - healthy upma made with quick cooking oats and mixed vegetables.
4.29 from 21 votes
total time:
30minutes

oats upma recipe with step by step photos – easy, healthy and delicious vegetable oats upma recipe made with quick cooking oats & mixed veggies.

oats upma recipe

sharing oats upma recipe as i have got many requests to share oats recipes. few oats recipes already posted on the blog are oats idlioats chilla, oats uttapam, oats khichdi and oats dosa recipe.

this delicious oats upma recipe is easy to prepare and gets done within 30 minutes including both the preparation and cooking. i prepare this oats upma the way i make rava upma. i have added some finely chopped veggies and i do suggest to add them as they give a good texture and of course a nutritional boost to the upma. you can add your choice of veggies. i usually stick to the trio of carrots, french beans and green peas.

oats upma can be served plain, drizzled with some lime or lemon juice or also served with a side of coconut chutney. this upma also makes for a healthy tiffin box snack.

few more upma recipes on the blog are vermicelli upma, idli upma, bread upma, poha upma and tomato upma.

oats upma recipe below:

oats upma recipe
4.29 from 21 votes
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oats upma recipe

oats upma recipe - healthy upma made with quick cooking oats and mixed vegetables.
course breakfasts
cuisine south indian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for roasting oats

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats or 100 grams
  • ½ teaspoon oil

other ingredients for oats upma

  • ¼ cup tightly packed finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup finely chopped french beans
  • ¼ cup green peas (matar) - fresh or frozen
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (optional)
  • 8 to 10 cashews (kaju) or peanuts (moongphali)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger (adrak) - finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch) - chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • salt as required

how to make oats upma recipe

roasting oats

  1. heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan. add 1 cup quick cooking oats.
  2. stir and saute on a low flame till the oats become crisp. 

  3. keep stirring continuously so that the oats do not get browned from the bottom. no need to brown the oats.

  4. remove oats in a plate or tray and keep aside.

tempering and making oats upma

  1. in the same pan, heat 1 to 1.5 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds. stir and saute till the mustard seeds crackle.
  2. then add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal (optional) and 8 to 10 cashews.
  3. stir and saute till the chana dal gets browned.
  4. add 1/4 cup tightly packed finely chopped onions. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  5. next add 1/2 tsp ginger, finely chopped, 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped and 7 to 8 curry leaves. stir and saute for half a minute.
  6. then add 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots, 1/4 cup finely chopped french beans and 1/4 cup green peas, fresh or frozen. stir and saute for 2 minutes.
  7. then add 1.25 cups water. cover the pan with its lid.
  8. on a medium flame simmer and cook this mixture till the veggies are almost done. about 8 to 9 minutes.
  9. then add the roasted oats. stir lightly. add salt as required. stir very well.
  10. then cover the pan again with its lid and on a low flame, steam the oats upma for 7 to 8 minutes.
  11. once done, then add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.
  12. stir and serve oats upma drizzled with some lemon or lime juice.

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lets start step by step oats upma recipe:

1. heat ½ tsp oil in a shallow frying pan. add 1 cup quick cooking oats (100 grams).

oats for oats upma recipe

2. stir and saute on a low flame till the oats become crisp. keep stirring continuously so that the oats do not get browned from the bottom. no need to brown the oats. just some crispness in them is fine. just about 3 to 4 minutes.

sauteing oats for oats upma recipe

3. remove oats in a plate or tray and keep aside.

sauteing oats for oats upma recipe

4. in the same pan, heat 1 to 1.5 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds. stir and saute till the mustard seeds crackle.

rai for oats upma recipe

5. then add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal (optional) and 8 to 10 cashews. instead of cashews you can also use peanuts.

chana dal for oats upma recipe

6. stir and saute till the chana dal gets browned.

chana dal for oats upma recipe

7. add ¼ cup tightly packed finely chopped onions.

onions for oats upma recipe

8. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.

onions for oats upma recipe

9. next add ½ tsp ginger, finely chopped, 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped (you can also add deseeded broken red chilies or a mixture of both green & dry red chilies) and 7 to 8 curry leaves. stir and saute for half a minute.

ginger for oats upma recipe

10. then add ¼ cup finely chopped carrots, ¼ cup finely chopped french beans and ¼ cup green peas, fresh or frozen.

veggies for oats upma recipe

11. stir and saute for 2 minutes.

vegetables for oats upma recipe

12. then add 1.25 cups water.

water for oats upma recipe

13. cover the pan with its lid.

making oats upma recipe

14. on a medium flame simmer and cook this mixture till the veggies are almost cooked. about 8 to 9 minutes.

making oats upma recipe

15. then add the roasted oats.

roasted oats for oats upma recipe

16. stir lightly.

stir oats upma

17. add salt as required.

salt for oats upma recipe

18. stir very well.

stir oats upma

19. then cover the pan again with its lid and on a low flame, steam the oats upma for 7 to 8 minutes.

making oats upma recipe

20. here the oats upma is done and steamed well. if the mixture looks very dry, then you can sprinkle some water and stir again.

steamed oats upma

21. then add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

coriander for oats upma recipe

22. stir and serve oats upma drizzled with some lemon or lime juice.

oats upma

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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62 comments/reviews

  1. Recipe sounds very good. Will try it soon. Also could you please post recipe for mushroom risotto.

    • Thanks Khaitan. I have noted down the recipe request and will try to post soon.

  2. Tried out and it turned nice. Thank you for recipe.

    • welcome bhavya and thanks for the feedback.

  3. Hi, if I use rolled oats for this recipe, how much would the cooking time change? Thanks!

    • lalita, rolled oats will take a longer time and may also need more water. i cannot tell the exact time. so the only thing is to check when the oats are cooking.

  4. Great recipe. Made it several times for breakfast. It’s healthy with the Indian flavor. Thanks for sharing!

    • Welcome Deepta. Thanks for sharing positive feedback.

  5. Made it a couple of days back but could not write here. I made oats upma for the first time by seeing ur recipe. My husband was amazed that even oats tasted soo gud. It was very tasty 🙂 . Thank u dassana. Also can u post lucknowi biryani or awadhi biryani . !

    • thank you chandana. oats do taste good in many recipes. you can even try preparing oats dosa, idli and chilla. thanks for sharing this positive review. i will be adding awadhi biryani. its in the drafts so will add in some days.

  6. I was searching for vegetable oats recipe this morning and end up reading your recipe. I made it this morning and everyone in house ? love it

    • preety, glad to know this.

  7. Thanks to giv us a good recipe.

    • welcome poornima

  8. Hi Dassana,
    I have been using your webpage since the time I started cooking 3 months back and I love the way the recipes are so clearly written. It’s even better when there are pictures 🙂

    Just a quick question about oats upma – can I use rolled oats to make this?

    • thank you niveditha. you can use rolled oats to make the upma. could be that you might need to add some more water for cooking rolled oats. you can add 1.5 cups water overall.

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