Oats Upma (Serves: 2; Preparation Time: 25 minutes)

I like  my food to be flavorful…… and yummy!! That’s one reason I could never bring myself to eat oats, the boring way they’re meant to be eaten. Yet, knowing how nutritious they are, I keep searching for  interesting ways to include it in my breakfast. Earlier, I had shared the recipe for Oats Chilla which many of you tried and the  babies I am told, loved it! 

Interestingly, the Oats Upma tastes better the  regular sooji upma that we all are so  used to. I believe Oats Upma is an even healthier alternative both for  grown ups and children.


  • 1/3 cup oats (grind into powder)
  • 2 tbsp roasted semolina (sooji)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3-4 baby carrots, finely chopped
  • 3-4 beans, finely chopped
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1/2 tsp each of urad and chana dal (soaked in little water for about 15-20 minutes)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • About 1½ cup water

  • Heat the oil in a wok, add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle; then add curry leaves and soaked dal (soaking the dal in water, softens it), and quickly follow it up by adding onions, so that the dal does not burn

  • Once the onions turn translucent, add the vegetables and season them with salt; cover and cook for  4-5 minutes till they are nearly cooked

  • Add oats and sooji and dry roast  with the vegetables for about 1 minute

  • In a separate pan, boil water mixed with salt

  • Introduce the water into the wok containing oats and vegetables; cook for some more time while  stirring continuously to allow the oats to absorb water

  • Add the lemon juice

  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot
The ratio of sooji/oats to water is 1:4 or 1:5 (dependent on how wet you like your upma to be)

I have blogged this recipe, keeping babies in mind; for the grown ups’ variant,  add green chillies and roasted peanuts as well

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    wish there were step by step pics..

  2. Sorry for disappointing you, will try and incorporate more pics in my future posts. Hope the detailed steps help you to make this, if you have any doubts Plz post them and I will address them ASAP

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