Oats Upma/Savoury Oats South Indian Style

Oats upma


It is pouring and the trees are looking all washed up and decked up in their beautiful green gowns! I wish I could show you the scene outside my living room window right now. The only dampening feature is the damp lonely crow sitting on one of the branches that runs parallel to my window. The nandiarvattai treeis in full bloom and when I look out every morning I feel that a string of pearls has broken down and scattered, suspended mid-air, dancing with the wind and the rain! It is truly a heavenly sight:). It is still not the kind of rainy season that makes you want to eat hot hot samosas or pakodas; it is the kind that makes you want to do what I am doing right now – playing my favourite romantic and nostalgic numbers, brewing a cup of tea ready to go with the light and healthy oats upma you will be seeing and I will be devouring:). Now with all the above in hand what does one do?? Take a day off from work and admire nature, of course!!Why not bring nature in? See….

Oats upma arrangement

Did you get that slice of nature?

Oats upma

Today’s breakfast bowl is low-calorie, nutritious, tasty and perfect for a quick fix. The best thing is you can add vegetables and make it exotic and filling, eliminate the veggies and it is still one of the easiest and tastiest breakfasts ever! The measurements are approximate as all you do is just chop things you like and throw in a little bit of this and that to suit your palette. This is what went into the Junior’s (P&H) short break lunch box for today.

Recipe for Oats Upma
(Adapted from the suggestion on the cover of the rolled oats brand I usually purchase)

Rolled oats – 1 cup, roasted without oil till stiff (about 4-5minutes) on medium flame
Water – 2 cups
Onion – 1/4 cup chopped fine
Green chilli – 1 small (this one is real hot!), chopped fine
Curry leaves – few, chopped fine
Ginger – 1″, chopped fine

Sesame oil (preferably) – 1 tbsp.
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
Bengalgram/Chana dal – 1/2 tsp.
Black gram/ Urad dal – 1/2 tsp.
Groundnuts/ Moongphali – 1 tbsp.

Heat oil. Splutter the seasonings one by one and wait for the peanuts to turn pink and crisp.

Add the curry leaves, ginger, green chillies and onion. Saute till the onions turn transluscent. Now add the water and salt and bring to a boil.

Add the roasted oats. Stir till the water is absorbed and the mixture comes together.

Serve with or without chutney and pickle. I prefer it as it is without any accompaniment.

🙂 Have a perfect day!!

Oats upma

Apart from being co-founder of, Harini is a vegan food photographer and recipe developer who earlier blogged at Her love for photography includes people and events. She enjoys feeding birds, loves reading, is crazy about films and TV series, loves music and takes pride in being a 70s child. She draws inspiration from memories of childhood, lunch-boxes and tiffin breaks, and movies, and believes in free-cycling.

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  • Shama Nagarajan

    healthy choice…..nice post

  • Prathibha

    Healthy one….Even I do this at home..Nice way to include oats in our diet..

  • Sharmila

    Ok .. so that's where all the rain is .. sending only dark clouds and chilly winds to thumb their nose at us. 😉
    Wait .. I just saw two small drops on my pane. Lovely looking upma Harini .. but I'll take that hot cuppa you are brewing. 🙂

  • ?peachkins?

    hmmnn.I've never had oats like this before..


    where did yu manage to find so much greenery in Mumbai ?? Never made oats upma, must be yumm & healthy

  • Rajitha

    i love oats upma too…easy and healthy.

  • Gita

    Nice photos…I too love having a cup of tea in my patio in a weather like that 🙂

  • Pooja

    Looks delicious! And healthy food!

  • Ann

    yes,I surely had a slice of nature with that..Great picture takes it more beyond food..
    lovely lovely
    havent tried oats like this yet.

  • Varsha Vipins

    Thats 2nd pic is too too good Harini..makes me all nostalgic..:(..lovely Upma there..:)

  • Priya

    Such a healthy dish, looks great!

  • Kalai

    Have never tried making oats upma before. Looks like a great healthy choice! 🙂

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks for the visit:)

    Sharmila, I expected the showers to first come to Pune! This time it is the other way round – Mangalore is still getting more rain than us! So did the scent of the earth reach you?

    Peachkins, do try it. I am sure you will love the Indian flavours.

    Deesha, blessed – am I not? I find this daily just outside my window:)

    Gita, how I wish I had a patio to do that!

    Kalai, the first time I tried it I was a little doubtful but it actually turns out good!

  • Yasmeen

    Must be a big relief after all the heat and humidity.Gotta try oats south Indian style someday,looks yummy:D

  • meeso

    I love your pics!

  • Srivalli

    wow harini…those are some lovely pictures..wish I had such a window next to mine too..:))

  • Sunshinemom

    Yasmeen, yes it is a huge huge relief!

    Meeso, thanks. It is always a booster for me when you say that:).

    Valli, only the window?!! I wish I had your house next to mine so I could sample all those things you are making for your book:)

  • lissie

    a very healthy breakfast recipe! Thank you for visiting my blog!

  • Elra

    Incredibly delicious and healthy!

  • Curry Leaf

    Wow,Love the healthy upma.I am very much surprised at the greenery I am seeing?Is it Mumbai itself.Lucky you to see this everyday.
    The hot upma will be very filling on rainy days.Perfect bfast as well as evening snack

  • Simran

    Hey! I was just surfing the sites with no idea on what to eat for dinner and this popped up. Off to kitchen to make it right now.

  • Sanghi

    Mm yum yum upma and excellent click too.. check my blog for fil-3 event..!

  • Kitchen Flavours

    Rim Jimh…..barse badal……pics make refresh……oats upma looks delectable….

  • notyet100

    yummy ,..;-)lovely clicks,..u r so lucky to hve rain,..its burnin here,,,;-(

  • Justine

    I have oatmeal almost every monring and this sounds like a lovely way to make it savory istead of sweet. you have a great blog, too!

  • Nithya Praveen

    A perfect healthy choice….nice click as usual:)

  • Nithya Praveen

    A perfect healthy choice….nice click as usual:)

  • Keerthana

    hi Harini, Great pics with all the greenery! this oats upma is something i've been planning for a long time now..maybe this weekend:)

  • Gopi Shah

    This is a perfect weekend breakfast with cup to tea.

  • egglesscooking

    Try venpongal with oats and I'm sure you would love it. It's so comforting, satisfying and doesn't make you feel sleepy.

  • Preety

    i bake with oats a lot, will try to make in this form next time

  • Nithya

    This is a healthy one. Sure I am gonna try this soon.

    I should say you have a very keen talent in photography. you are gonna go places in it. Keep it going.

    First time to your blog and sure will be here often for the pics first and then the dishes. 😉

    Do take a look at my blog when you find time.

  • Aparna

    I really enjoy oats and this is something I make too. Got the recipe off the box. 🙂
    Unfortunately my husband and daughter don't like oats unless its in cookies or bread!
    Can see the at you're really enjoying photography (its in your pictures).

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