oats upma

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:

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. however, if you want then you can skip adding the veggies.

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

how to make oats upma

roasting oats

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

making tempering for oats upma

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

cooking veggies

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

making oats upma

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 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 (cilantro leaves).

coriander for oats upma recipe

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

oats upma

few more upma recipes

Oats Upma

4.8 from 24 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:breakfasts
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):3
oats upma recipe
oats upma is a healthy upma variety made with quick cooking oats and mixed vegetables.
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

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 - fresh or frozen
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (optional)
  • 8 to 10 cashews or peanuts
  • ½ teaspoon ginger - finely chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chilies - chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

    (cilantro leaves)

  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) or oil
  • salt as required

INSTRUCTIONS

roasting oats

  • heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan. add 1 cup quick cooking oats.
  • 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.
  • remove oats in a plate or tray and keep aside.

making tempering for oats upma

  • in the same pan, heat 1 to 1.5 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds. stir and saute till the mustard seeds crackle.
  • then add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, 1 tsp urad dal (optional) and 8 to 10 cashews.
  • stir and saute till the chana dal gets browned.
  • add 1/4 cup tightly packed finely chopped onions. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • 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.

making oats upma

  • 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.
  • then add 1.25 cups water. cover the pan with its lid.
  • on a medium flame simmer and cook this mixture till the veggies are almost done. about 8 to 9 minutes.
  • then add the roasted oats. stir lightly. add salt as required. stir very well.
  • then cover the pan again with its lid and on a low flame, steam for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • once done, then add 1 to 2 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves.
  • stir and serve oats upma drizzled with some lemon or lime juice.

NOTES

  • addition of veggies is optional. but we suggest to add them.
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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.

    • 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.

  2. Great recipe. Made it several times for breakfast. It’s healthy with the Indian flavor. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  3. 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.

  4. 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 it5 stars

  5. 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.

    • yes you can give oats upma to 3 year olds. oats is a healthy cereal, so you can include oats in the food that you prepare for your kids and family.

  6. The mentioned recipe is awesome. Made it for the first time, really loved it. Thank you so much. I will keep visiting your website from now on for my weekend cooking adventures.
    Thanks!5 stars

  7. Your recipes are mind blowing. I visit your website almost everyday for any veg recipes I need to make. The pictures with steps are so helpful as it’s easier for all of us to follow and not interpret every step. From all the ladies who are learning to cook and/or are looking for new recipes. This is your final destination.

    Thank you Dassana for making us good cooks 🙂

  8. Hello there, I tried the recipe and has come out really well.. Do try your other recipes too soon..

  9. Hi
    Ur recipe for dhokla was awesome.
    Thank u
    Plz do post doughnut recipe. As I live in a remote area my children’s want to have it and wish to make at home. So plz do post.
    Thanks

  10. Nice recipe of oats upma….shall try n give the feedback soon….looking forward for more such healthy recipes..

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I have been looking for a step-by-step recipe for oats upma since quite some time. I’m definitely making this for breakfast tomorrow 🙂

  12. Just made it for myself dinner as I usually do not eat carbs at night I was apprehensive at first as oats is a bit slimy when cooked and I love it the porridge way. But the upma was delicious.Enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you. =)5 stars

  13. Hi,
    I wanted to leave a comment on the popular malai kofta recipe., but was unable to. The recipe is super good and super simple.
    the proportions in your recipes are perfect and can be followed blindly. Every one in my family appreciated. Thanks for all your hard work. God bless you.
    regards,
    nivedita.5 stars