Masala Oats Upma

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Breakfast
Time: 30 minutes
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Looking for a healthy breakfast idea? Try out the Masala Oats Upma that is packed with protein and fibre. It is just as hearty and delicious. The perfect start to the day.


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1" piece of ginger chopped
  • 8-10 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, peas, and corn)
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (jeera)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 tsp amchoor (dry mango) powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander for garnish


  • To begin, dry roast the oats until crisp. Be careful not to brown them too much. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil. Sesame oil works best for this recipe.
  • Add in mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Add in the curry leaves.
  • Next, add in the chopped garlic, ginger, and green chillies followed by half of the onions. Cook until onions are translucent.
  • Add in the vegetables and cook until a bit tender.
  • Add in Kashmiri red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, amchoor powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
  • Add in the roasted oats and mix well.
  • Add in a cup of water. Cook for a few minutes until it forms the consistency you prefer. My family likes a drier version. That requires a bit longer cooking time.
  • Add in the remaining onions and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.


  • My cookhouse is a nut-free cookhouse. Feel free to add peanuts, cashews, or any nuts of your choice.
  • Both instant oats (Quaker Oats or similar) and rolled oats work for this recipe.

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Masala Oats Upma Recipe