Hope everyone had a wonderful karthigai deepam. Ours was a quite one with Sweet Appam and Paruppu Payasam. Though we do not have the luxury of lighting lots of lamps here in the US, we still managed to get that festive mood. Back at home we used to light around 501 oil lamps all around our house. I will be super excited and make sure we light the lamps in our house before anyone in our street does. This year I wanted to make something different like pori urundai or something new so that I can post it here. But I so lazy to go shopping for the needed items. I made Instant Appam and Payasam and relished it to the core. Coming to the Oats Upma it is one of the easy and healthy recipe you can make in a jiffy.
Oats is considered to be a healthy breakfast ingredient. I do not make any special recipes for breakfast. We manage with the cereals, bread, wheat thins etc. But sometimes when I have the extra time I try to make something healthy and filling. Oats Upma is the Indian way of using the Oats. It has a different taste that our regular sooji upma. Only thing you should be careful is not to add too much water which makes the upma to become sticky and not taste good. So if you are looking for a healthy and easy breakfast recipe, here you go enjoy the Oats Upma!!
Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Cooking Time - 8 - 10 minutes
Oats - 1 cup
Onion - 1 no medium size
Carrot - 1 no
Beans - 6 - 8 no
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad Dal(whole, white) - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilly - 2 - 3 no
Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
- Dry roast the oats in a kadai for about 5 minutes in medium flame until the aroma rises from the oats.
- Wash and chop the carrots and beans into small pieces.
- Chop the onions into thin slices.
- Heat oil in a kadai.
- Add the mustard when oil is hot, when mustard splutters, reduce the flame add the urad dal and fry until golden brown.
- Next add the onion and saute it turns translucent.
- Add the red chilly, turmeric powder, curry leaves, and roast in medium flame.
- Add the chopped carrot, beans and green peas and saute everything and cook until the vegetables are 1/2 cooked.
- Now add 1 1/4 cups of water, salt and allow the water to boil.
- When the water starts to boil add the roasted oats and mix well.
- Oats will absorb the water and will get cooked. In medium flame saute until all water is evaporated and oats is no longer sticky.
- Serve hot with chutney, pickle or as is like me.
- Roasting the oats brings out the flavor and prevents oats from being sticky.
- You can sprinkle some lemon juice when the upma is done to give a lemony twist.
- Do not allow the temper items to be over roasted, it spoils the taste of the upma.
- The vegetables should be slightly crunchy for this type of upma.