How to make Oats Upma -

A twisted and healthy recipe of upma made by replacing semolina with oats

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Oats (ओट्स ), Onion (प्याज़ )

Cuisine : South Indian

Course : Snacks and Starters

Oats  Upma

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There is something unique about the South Indian food that evokes extreme devotion from all who take pride in its food culture. 
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Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Oats Upma Recipe

  • Oats 1 1/2 cups

  • Onion 1 medium

  • Tomato 1 medium

  • Green chillies 2

  • Fresh coriander sprigs 3-4 + to garnish

  • Oil 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal) 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 6-8

  • Salt to taste

  • Frozen green peas , thawed 1/4 cup

  • Sugar a pinch

  • Lemon wedge for garnish

  • Green coconut chutney to serve

  • Green coconut chutney to serve


Step 1

Chop onion and tomato finely. Chop green chillies roughly. Chop coriander leaves finely.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add split skinless black gram and sauté on medium heat for 30 seconds.

Step 3

Reduce heat, add asafeotida, green chillies and curry leaves, mix and saute for 1 minute.

Step 4

Add onion and mix. Add salt, mix, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato, green peas and sugar, mix, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Add oats and chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Add 2½ cups water, mix, cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer the upma into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprig and a lemon wedge and serve hot with green coconut chutney.

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