Oats Uttapam (Instant & Healthy)

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Looking for yummy and different Oats Recipes for your everyday meals? Here’s one that is really a great one, when it comes to flavors, health as well as ease in making. This instant recipe is that of an Oats Uttapam, which is an easy and nutritious way of making uttapams with oats, sooji or rava (cream of wheat) and gram flour (besan). A twist to your regular uttapams too. Whether you add the veggies or not, this dish is going to be yummy in every way. The recipe is also vegan friendly.

oats uttapam served on a white plate with bowls of chutney kept in the background and text layover.

About Oats Uttapam

This Oats Uttapam is a fantastic way to use oats, other than in your breakfast cereal bowls paired with milk. Also, it is a sumptuous and healthy variation to your usual traditional uttapams as well, because it is always good to have variety in food too. Helps to break the monotony of life.

In this recipe of Oats Uttapam, all you need to do is to make the batter and prep up the vegetables that go as a topping on the uttapam. In case you wish to, you can also make the uttapams without one or two veggies or even add more as per your choice.

For the batter, you have to begin by grinding the quick cooking oats or rolled oats into a fine flour. Then, add in the other ingredients like rava or sooji (cream of wheat, semolina flour), besan (gram flour) and salt along with the water to make a smooth, lump-free batter mixture. Make sure to rest this batter for a good 20 minutes.

Instead of sooji or rava, you can also use rice flour in this recipe. Thus, having a gluten free option of these uttapams. I usually try and include oats in different ways for our Indian breakfasts at home. Along with this Oats Uttapam, some of our other oats Indian favorites are Oats Idli and Oats Dosa.

In this Oats Uttapam or any other uttapam as well, I always add veggies like onion, bell pepper and tomatoes as a topping. You can even add grated carrots and beetroot. If you do not have any vegetables, you can even make them plain. But with topped veggies, the taste is definitely better.

Whether or not you want to add the green chilies, is your choice completely. I like a little hit of spice in every bite of this Oats Uttapam. Hence, I do add the green chilies in this recipe.

To leaven the batter, a bit of baking soda and lemon juice is added. The tangy, acidic lemon juice reacts with the alkaline baking soda and aerates the batter. This makes for a lighter and soft texture in the oats uthappam.

You can make these instant Oats Uttapam not only for breakfast, but also for brunch or for a quick evening snack. Along with this yummy uttapam version, you should also check out the recipes of the Rava Uttapam and the original traditionally made Uttapam.

This Oats Uttapam taste good the way they are. Although, you can serve them with a tasty coconut chutney or even tomato ketchup.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Oats Uttapam

Make Oats Flour

1. Take ½ cup quick cooking oats in a mixer or grinder. You can even take ½ cup rolled oats.

quick cooking oats taken in a grinder jar.

2. Grind the oats to a fine flour.

oats ground to a fine flour.

3. Then, take the prepared oats flour in a mixing bowl.

prepared oats flour added in a mixing bowl.

Make Oats Batter & Prepare Vegetables

4. Now add ¼ cup rava (sooji or cream of wheat or semolina flour) and ¼ cup besan (gram flour).

sooji and gram flour added to oats flour.

5. Add salt as per taste.

salt added to flour mixture.

6. Pour ⅔ cup water.

water added to flour mixture.

7. Mix very well to a smooth batter, without any lumps. Cover the bowl and let the oats, rava and besan flour soak in water for 20 minutes.

ingredients mixed into a smooth, lump free batter.

8. Rinse and then slice 1 onion, 1 bell pepper and 1 tomato thinly. Also, chop 1 green chili and some coriander leaves.

sliced and chopped vegetables.

9. On the same chopping board or tray, mix everything and set aside.

chopped and sliced vegetables mixed well.

Leaven Batter

10. After 20 minutes, the batter will thicken as the oats, besan and sooji will absorb water.

prepared batter after 20 minutes.

11. I added ¼ cup more water as the batter had become slightly thick. Before soaking, I added ⅔ cup water and later added ¼ cup more. 

Addition of water will depend on the quality of oats, besan and sooji. You can add more water, if the batter becomes thick.

more water added to batter.

12. Add water as required to make a medium consistency flowing batter. If after soaking, the batter has a medium consistency, then do not add any water.

The final consistency is in the picture below.

prepared batter for oats uttapam.

13. Now, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix very well. If you do not have lemon juice, then add ¼ cup whisked curd instead.

adding lemon juice to batter.

14. Then, add ⅛ teaspoon baking soda, which is about 2 to 3 pinches of baking soda. Mix again very well.

adding baking soda to batter.

Make Oats Uttapam

15. On medium flame, heat a cast iron pan or a nonstick pan. If using a cast iron pan, then drizzle ½ teaspoon oil and spread it with the spoon.

spreading oil on hot cast iron pan.

16. Lower the heat and pour a ladle full of the batter on the tawa. Gently spread the batter to get a round circle.

pouring and spreading batter on hot tawa.

17. Now, spread the mixed vegetables on the batter. With a spatula, press the vegetables lightly, so that they stick to the batter.

vegetables spread on the batter.

18. Drizzle a few drops of oil on the center and at the sides of the uttapam.

drizzling oil on oats uttapam.

19. Cook till the base is done. While cooking, you can regulate the heat to low or medium.

cooking oats uttapam.

20. Then, gently lift up the Oats Uttapam.

lifting up oats uttapam with a spatula.

21. Flip and cook the side with the vegetables.

cooking veggie side of oats uttapam.

22. Cook this side till the vegetables are lightly caramelized or golden.

cooked oats uttapam.

23. Remove the Oats Uttapam on a plate. Prepare the Oats Uttapam in batches this way.

cooked oats uttapam on a plate.

24. Serve Oats Uttapam hot or warm with Coconut Chutney, tomato ketchup or any chutney of your choice.

oats uttapam served on a white plate with bowls of chutneys kept in the background.

Expert Tips

  1. You can make this dish with either rolled oats or quick cooking oats.
  2. In place of cream of wheat (rava or sooji), you can even add rice flour in this recipe of Oats Uttapam. This will also make it a gluten-free recipe.
  3. Curd (yogurt) can be used as an alternative ingredient for lemon juice. Use ¼ cup curd.
  4. Adjust the consistency of the batter by adding more water, if the batter is too thick. The quantity of water that you will add in the batter will also depend on the quality of sooji, gram flour and oats.
  5. This recipe of Oats Uttapam can easily be scaled to a double or triple for making for larger portions.

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oats uttapam recipe

Oats Uttapam (Instant & Healthy)

This healthy, instant recipe is that of an Oats Uttapam, which is an easy and nutritious way of making uttapams with oats, sooji or rava (cream of wheat), gram flour (besan) and some vegetables. The recipe is also vegan friendly.
4.83 from 17 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine South Indian
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

For Batter

  • ½ cup quick cooking oats or rolled oats
  • ¼ cup rava – fine textured (sooji or cream of wheat)
  • ¼ cup gram flour (besan)
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • salt as required

Vegetables To Add

  • 1 onion – small to medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato – small to medium, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper – small, thinly sliced – green or red or yellow color bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 1 green chilli – chopped or ½ teaspoon, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coriander leaves – chopped, (cilantro)
  • oil as required

Instructions
 

Making oats batter

  • Take the quick cooking oats in a mixer or grinder. You can even take rolled oats instead of quick cooking oats
  • Grind the oats to a fine flour and take flour in a mixing bowl. If you prefer, you can sift the flour.
  • Now add the rava/sooji/cream of wheat and besan/gram flour. Also add salt as per taste.
  • Pour ⅔ cup water. Mix very well and make a fine, smooth mixture without any lumps.
  • Cover the bowl and let the oats, rava and besan flour soak in water for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile rinse and then slice the onion, bell pepper and tomato thinly. Also chop 1 green chili and some coriander leaves.
  • On the same chopping board or tray, mix the veggies, chopped green chillies and coriander leaves. Set aside.
  • After 20 minutes, the batter will thicken as the oats, besan and sooji will absorb water.
  • I added ¼ cup water more as the batter had become slightly thick. Note that earlier, I added first ⅔ cup water and later added ¼ cup. 
  • Addition of water will depend on quality of oats, besan and sooji. You can add more water if the batter becomes thick.
    Do add water as required to make a medium consistency batter.
    If the batter is of medium consistency even after soaking, then do not add any water.
  • Now add lemon juice. Mix very well.
  • Then add baking soda. Mix again very well.

Making oats uttapam

  • On a medium flame, heat a cast iron pan or a non stick pan. If using a cast iron pan, then drizzle ½ teaspoon of oil and spread it with the spoon.
  • Lower the heat. Take a ladle full of the batter and pour the batter on the tawa. Gently spread the batter to get a round circle.
  • Now spread the mixed veggies all over the batter. With a spatula press the veggies lightly, so that they stick to the batter.
  • Sprinkle a few drops of oil on the center and on the sides of the uttapam.
  • Cook till the base is done. While cooking these uttapams, you can regulate the flame to low or medium.
  • Then flip it and cook the side with the veggies.
  • Cook this side till the veggies are lightly caramelized or golden.
  • Remove and serve oats uttapam hot or warm with coconut chutney or ketchup.

Notes

  • Recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • Rice flour can be used instead of rava or sooji.
  • ¼ cup curd can be used instead of lemon juice.
  • Add your preferred veggies. Chop them finely or slice them thinly. If using carrots or beets, then grate them. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Oats Uttapam (Instant & Healthy)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Sodium 747mg32%
Potassium 599mg17%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2410IU48%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.4mg27%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.2mg12%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%
Vitamin B6 0.4mg20%
Vitamin C 94mg114%
Vitamin E 7mg47%
Vitamin K 12µg11%
Calcium 46mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 159µg40%
Iron 3mg17%
Magnesium 109mg27%
Phosphorus 215mg22%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Oats Uttapam from the archives, originally published in June 2016 has been updated and republished on January 2023.

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28 Comments

  1. I was searching for an easy breakfast recipe and i found this. I tried oats uthappam (but i added chopped veggies to the batter itself) and it was good. A healthy and easy recipe.. will definitely try again.4 stars

    1. thanks for sharing the feedback and glad to know. yes, grated vegetables can be added. happy cooking.

  2. I hd added lemon juice n baking soda before only n now kept 20 min wil my recipe go wrong?5 stars

  3. Dear Dassana, you never disappoint me 🙂 I tried this awesome recipe today. How can I ever go wrong with your clear, easy to follow, step by step instructions! Thank you very much!5 stars

    1. thanks a lot samudri for this feedback. nice to know and happy cooking.

    1. thanks disha. yes you can, but use the same amount that is 1/8 teaspoon of eno.

  4. Hi Dassana… Loved the recipe a lottt as usual… Hadn’t thought healthy oats can taste so yummy this way… Tried today today both Oats chilla and Oats uttapam.. You always give lovely recipes to make husband happy 🙂 God bless !!!5 stars

    1. pleased to know this thank you nehal for trying the recipes and for your positive feedback 🙂 god bless you too.

  5. Hi,

    I would like to thank for the wonderful website. I really enjoying making the recipes 🙂 it works with me from the first time.
    this recipe looks very Delicious. I want to try it but I don’t use cream of wheat, is there any replacement? for example can I use oat flour instead?

    Thank you very much.5 stars

    1. thanks shaimaa. add rice flour instead of cream of wheat. too much of oats won’t give any structure to the uttapams and they will be very soft.

  6. Very tasty.. My husband loved it.. You have explained it real wel.. Thank you4 stars

  7. Tried out this recipe today for breakfast…turned out to be a wonderful dish me n my hubby enjoyed it…thanks fr dis wonderful recipe…

  8. These turned out to be really tasty, healthy and quick breakfast. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe

  9. This is really amazing recipe. I am gonna try this today. But can you add details in recipes that how much servings are possible from this batter.

  10. Hi, Oats uttapam recipe seems very interesting. but can we add curd instead of lemon juice?

    1. kanan, you can add 1/4 cup curd. i will also update in the post. i forgot to update. thanks for your query.

      1. Is baking soda needed in the oats uttapam recipe? Is there a substitute?

        Thanks for oats recipes

        1. welcome shruti. baking soda leavens and helps the uttapam to become soft and have a good light texture. you can skip baking soda. instead of baking soda you can also add baking powder. same amount will be fine.