Quick & Easy Oats Upma: A Healthy Delight











Discover how to whip up a delicious Oats Upma in just 15 minutes! This recipe combines the goodness of oats with fresh veggies for a nutritious and tasty meal, perfect for any time of the day.


Step 1: Prepare Ingredients

Start your Oats Upma by prepping all your ingredients. Finely chop your onion, tomato, and green chilies, and if you're using fresh peas, measure them out. If your peas are frozen, no need to thaw them beforehand. This step not only speeds up the cooking process but also ensures that everything cooks evenly and incorporates well into the upma.
Pro Tip: Keep a bowl of water nearby to rinse your fingers and avoid the onion tears!

Step 2: Roast the Oats

In a heavy-bottomed pan or kadai, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the rolled oats and roast them for about 3-4 minutes or until they turn slightly golden and emit a nutty aroma. Keep stirring to avoid burning. Once done, transfer them to a plate and set aside. This roasting step is crucial as it helps in removing the raw taste from the oats and adds a delightful crunch to the upma.
Pro Tip: For an extra flavor kick, sprinkle a pinch of salt while roasting the oats.

Step 3: Sauté Veggies and Spices

In the same pan, heat the remaining oil. Add mustard seeds and let them pop. Then add chopped onions, green chilies, curry leaves, and a pinch of salt. Sauté until the onions turn translucent. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook until they are soft and mushy. Add turmeric powder and mix well. This step infuses the oil with the flavors of the spices, onions, and tomatoes, creating a flavorful base for the upma.
Pro Tip: Cover the pan for a minute to soften tomatoes quickly.

Step 4: Cook the Oats Upma

Add the water to the pan and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and gradually stir in the roasted oats. Add the green peas and mix well. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the oats are cooked through and have absorbed all the water. Fluff the upma with a fork, then drizzle lemon juice over it and mix gently. Adjust seasoning with salt, if necessary.
Pro Tip: Add lemon juice just before serving to retain its vibrant flavor.