Oats Upma

As “interesting” as it is to eat oats in porridge, I always keep looking for different ways to make oats more fun. With a ton of health benefits, oats are finding their way into kitchens and the best part is that people are coming up with more recipes including oats. So there is oats in some traditional items like sambar oats, oats in pongal and few other places where oats are used instead of rice.

Oats muffins & breakfast cups are great, do check out the recipes. Here I am using oats in the traditional vegetable upma, in place of semolina. So there are some peanuts and veggies with oats. Too healthy??

This is really easy to make and all you have to do is:

Fry: Onion, peanuts & the veggies with some mustard seeds

Boil: Pour water and bring to a boil

Mix: Add the oats and mix well

I have used carrots and fresh green peas. You can play around with the veggies. Even some boiled french beans and potatoes cut into tiny pieces will be great in this upma.


Oats Upma Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook time: 10 mins


  • Oats: 1 cup
  • Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
  • Peanuts: 8-10
  • Fresh green peas (frozen peas will do): 8-10
  • Carrot: 1
  • Green chili: 2
  • Onion: 1 small (optional)
  • Coriander leaves: 4-5 leaves
  • Cashew (optional)
  • Oil: 2 tsp
  • Salt


  • Chop the onion and green chili into fine pieces
  • Cut the carrot into tiny pieces


  • Heat oil in a wok
  • Add the mustard seeds and let them crackle
  • Add the chopped onion
  • Add the peanuts. Stir and cook for a minute on medium heat
  • Add the chopped green chili, carrot pieces and the green peas
  • Cook for two minutes
  • Add one cup of water and add salt to taste
  • As the water comes to a boil add the oats and keeps stirring
  • Reduce the heat to minimum and keep stirring till all the water is absorbed
  • Add little more water if required
  • Once the oats is cooked, turn off the heat
  • Server with a little coriander & cashew garnish


  • If you want the texture to be very soft, then add some more water. On the other hand if you would like to have some of the oats texture, then add less water and add some dry oats at the very end

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