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Oatmeal Upma

I love my spicy version of oatmeal. Just by adding the traditional Indian ingredients of upma, the bland oatmeal transforms into a spicy, feed me more, kind of mush. Add pickle or podi, you won’t believe how good it tastes.


Dry roast oats (I usually buy Quaker brand – old fashioned oats) in an iron skillet, until they leave their white color, for few minutes.

Finely chop one small onion, three green chillies, one garlic clove and 10 paisa size ginger.

Add one tsp of oil or ghee to a hot pan, do the popu or tiragmata, then add the finely chopped vegetables, saute to soft for few minutes.

For one cup of oats – add two cups of water and quarter teaspoon of salt. Close the lid and on high heat, bring the water to dancing stage (boil).

Now remove the lid and add oats, stirring continuously. Reduce the heat, let the oats cook, covered for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the oats absorb all the water. If you want, you can also add roasted peanuts or cashews at this stage, to make it more wholesome.

Serve the oatmeal upma warm. Best combination is Oatmeal upma and spicy dhalia powder (pappula podi).

Oatmeal Upma
Oatmeal Upma

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Dhanyam (Grains),Oats (Wednesday June 8, 2005 at 8:55 am- permalink)
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  1. Now this is something I have to try. A really interesting way to prepare oats. Thanks Indira for the idea!

    Comment by Mika — June 8, 2005 @ 10:23 am

  2. Wow! thanks for such a different recipe. and Oats is my daily breakfast so am definitely gonne try this.

    Comment by kaleidoscope — June 8, 2005 @ 10:58 am

  3. Its a hit at my house. Please try and let me know.

    Comment by Indira — June 8, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

  4. will try..looks interesting..

    Comment by Potpourri — June 8, 2005 @ 3:39 pm

  5. What a wonderful idea! I think I might like oats cooked this way. Going to try it tomorrow for breakfast!

    Comment by shammi — June 8, 2005 @ 4:13 pm

  6. Hi again

    your oatmeal upma has worked wonders here.i tried and liked it a now waiting for my husband’s response.Keep it up!

    Comment by Nalini — August 12, 2005 @ 12:40 pm

  7. I just loved your recipe for oatmeal upma. thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Shakthi — August 26, 2005 @ 12:21 pm

  8. Hi.. This was an awesome recipe. My daughter who hates oatmeal, was so happy to eat it this morning.

    I added some cashew and lime at the end.

    Thanks for your recipes!

    Comment by sangeetha — December 9, 2005 @ 11:25 am

  9. This sounds great!! I really don’t like oats but I prefer eating them for their nutritious values and I have to try this right now. Hopefully it tastes good is what i feel now. But really a good idea. Thank you

    Comment by Pavan Kumar — December 24, 2005 @ 11:04 pm

  10. I would like to know first what is oatmeal and where ( which shop) can I get it.


    Comment by Shrivia — April 5, 2006 @ 5:01 am

  11. Well time to hit the kitchen and check it out. Sounds pretty good.

    Comment by Srikanth — July 15, 2006 @ 7:12 am

  12. I just loved your recipe for oatmeal upma. thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Sara — October 18, 2006 @ 3:37 pm

  13. Thank you very much for this lovely recipe. Easy to make, yummy to taste!

    Comment by Sakthivel — November 4, 2006 @ 11:15 am

  14. Hello Indira garu,

    Looks yummy… I want to give a try
    Are those quick oats or the rolled oats?

    Comment by Bharathi — November 9, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

  15. wonderfull idea.I will definitly try this. my oatmeal box is just sitting in my pantry shelve since long time. I always try to give healthy food to my family. thx.

    Comment by waheeda — November 13, 2006 @ 8:33 am

  16. I can”t wait to try it out tomorrow.

    Comment by Shwetha — November 13, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

  17. hi Girls,

    Any idea if they sell oatmeal in India (preferably in Mumbai) ? I wanted to give it to my Mom. Appreciate any help on this.


    Comment by Kalpana — November 19, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

  18. the oats upma recipe is already given as instruction in the oats bottle or pack.try it word to word.its tasty.kalpana, oats is available in india.go to any grocery store or supermarket and ask for’ll get it.

    Comment by abc — January 10, 2007 @ 6:54 am

  19. Iam back after trying yet another recipe from your blog – Oatmeal Upma was classy. I don’t like cereals and breafast is usually a big problem ( hate to make dosas/idlis just for me ).

    This is so easy , healthy and wholesome . It was so yummy with Red Chilly pickle that MIL sent from Hyderabad. 🙂

    Thanks Indira.

    Comment by Soumya — January 19, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

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  21. Hi,

    What is the telugu name for OATS?


    Comment by Laya — February 24, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

  22. hi indira
    i usually hate oats…but after i tried this recepie. i look at it differently…my husband is a big fan of this

    Comment by swati — March 7, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  23. hi.the aotmeal upma looks and tastes similar to daliya..

    Comment by abc — March 20, 2007 @ 6:59 am

  24. Hi Indira,
    I tried this out a few nights back and loved it! I had never had oatmeal in any way other than sweet (with cinnamon, sugar, fruits, etc.) so I was admittedly apprehensive about trying this, but I’m so glad I did.

    I added a handful of frozen vegetables to mine (carrots, peas, corn mix) and served it with a dollop of yogurt. It was so filling and the texture was really nice (a little bit like poha crossed upma).

    I actually made the dhalia powder this weekend just so I could try it with the upma when I make it again tonight. I’m sure it will be delicious.


    Indira replies:
    Hi Amanda, It’s my favorite way of making oatmeal, and happy to hear that you tried and liked this recipe.
    It tastes quite good with dalia (Pappula podi) powder. Let me know how you like the combination. Thanks.

    Comment by Amanda — May 7, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

  25. Hi,
    The oatmeal upma recipe was good. I would like know how many calories it adds upto when you use say 1 cup of oats. Its filling and can be used by weight watchers.I was wondering if there is a recipe for oat pongal.


    Comment by Natesh — June 26, 2007 @ 2:25 am

  26. I had bought Quaker oatmeal double pack (from costco) didn’t like it and just didn’t know what to do with it. I found your recipe ,tried this yesterday. It was delicious. I am sure I can quickly finsih up the rest of stock now and probably buy more.

    Thanks a ton!

    Comment by Ritu — September 24, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  27. 5:00 pm – Saw this entry
    5:05 pm – Convinced my wife to try it out
    5:30 pm – Ready to eat
    5:40 pm – Regret I didn’t find this recipe before as was forced to eat stupid tasteless oatmeal puddings every morning.

    Thanks Indira, and all the readers who gave feedback…

    I will be eating this delicious and healthy upma as morning and evening snacks from now on


    Comment by Sanjeev & Anita — October 15, 2007 @ 8:12 am

  28. kindly let me know the availability of oat grains and its product in karnataka

    Comment by pradeepkumar — October 16, 2007 @ 2:02 am

  29. Hi Indira,
    I am a great fan of your blog and have tried a lot of recipes. I have written to you a couple of times but never got a reply from you. I understand that you receive a lot of comments and it’s difficult to respond to each and every one. Hope you see this one.
    I had heard so much about oats that i decided to try it but was not ready to make it the usual sweet way. I always crave for spicy food. So i looked in ur blog and found the perfect recipe. Tried it today as soon as i saw it and it was delicious. I had some garlic rasam on hand , so I mixed the upma with rasam and it tasted very yummy. Thanks for sharing such a healthy recipe. Will post the pic soon on my blog.

    Comment by Sangeetha — November 1, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  30. My wife made oatmeal upma after reading your recipe couple of days ago. Now it is permanently included in our frequent family recipe book. We really enjoy not only the recipes but also the way you write and present them to us.
    Thanks a million.

    Comment by Kumara Peddamatham — December 25, 2007 @ 7:08 am

  31. Telugu Name for Oats is “yavalu.

    Comment by Hi Laya — February 21, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  32. You rock!

    Comment by tarun — February 23, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  33. Thanks For the innovative recepie… but please let us know more such recepies… 🙂

    Comment by kumar — May 2, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  34. thanks,jo main doondh rahi thi wo mil gaya,kal subah nashta hit hoga,taareef meri hogi.thanks again.

    Comment by suman — September 2, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

  35. looks like yummy breakfast.THANKS.

    Comment by suman — September 2, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  36. Hi Indira,

    Visit your blog quite often, but have nver commented here. I heard from my babysitter that one could prepare oatmeal upma. Tried it and it turned out pretty well. After making it, googled for oatmeal upma and found your recipe. Will definetly try your version as it sounds more yummy. Mine was sans garlic and ginger and without dry roasting oatmeal.

    Question for you (hope you do respond)
    Does dry roasting add more flavor to the upma? Is it even required?

    Did I mention, I love this blog, please continue to share your recipes with us.


    Comment by Rupal — October 16, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  37. thanx indira,
    the upma was really husband hates upma…but finally i could convince him to eat dis1…n he loved it too…keep sendin such healthy recipies…

    Comment by mansi — February 11, 2009 @ 2:24 am

  38. good way to transform this old bland oatmeal in a tasty & (i want some more) way…
    i tried it i loved it… just a new addition.. i added lil bit of tomatoes & turmeric for color…. tahnk you so much ….keep experimenting

    Comment by Suparna Ramani — February 23, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

  39. I want to try this, but I’m not sure how large a paisa is, so not sure how much ginger to use. Also, how many servings does this make?

    Comment by Wife of Desi — July 12, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  40. this was a delicious recipe and the upma turned out really great. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Comment by Varsha — July 17, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

  41. This recipe was so simple to make and yet it is great to taste. I kept it simple for this time, but I can imagine how awesome it will be when I add the nuts like peanuts and almonds.

    Comment by Krishna — September 20, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  42. Thanks Indira i wold have to try now.

    Comment by subodh kumar singh — October 5, 2009 @ 6:06 am

  43. I have added Nutri Nuggets to the Oatmeal Upma. Believe me, its so tasty and also offers less calories. First, soak nutri in water, wash n squeeze and put it in meal while boiling.

    Comment by Himmat Singh — October 23, 2009 @ 7:22 am

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  45. this is very good dish.

    Comment by vijji — May 21, 2010 @ 1:57 am

  46. It was very good. thanks Indira.

    Anand, Vidhya.

    Comment by Anand & Vidhya — June 19, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  47. i bought oatmeal about 20 days b4 and ws cofused wht to do with it but now will give this upma recipie a try…and i know it will be a hit…thanks indira

    Comment by priyanka — July 1, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

  48. Healthy and delicious recipe! Thanks for the idea!

    Comment by Mallik — July 18, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

  49. I love oats & am always trying new things with it. This recipe is fabulous! I added roasted peanuts at the end & a touch of ghee:-) Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Deeps — February 2, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  50. Oats is such a versatile food, loaded with fibre and almost nil amount of calories! Many people are put off by the glueyness of oats when they are cooked, but this recipe is unique and novel, and well worth a try! For some expert tips and suggestions on healthy eating habits visit our blog at Knorrseven.

    Comment by Knorr Soups — February 11, 2011 @ 1:41 am

  51. hey that was good one!!

    Do you know any other recipes to make from OAt meals like dosa etc…

    Comment by shiv — February 16, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  52. Hi,
    I tried this recipe. It is awesome.You wouldnt think its oats when you are eating it. Thanks a ton for the recipe.


    Comment by Ann — March 10, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  53. I tried this upma and it is so delicious ….
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
    On my work days morning I boil quick oats in sKim Milk and add some jaggery…’s a yummy breakfast tastes like pongali.

    Comment by Siri — March 25, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  54. i like oats a lot but get bored with its porridge type recepie , then i thought to make it spicy ,and made in the same as mention .this is gr8, but i didnt roasted so its becomes all messy, this time i will roast oat then cook.

    Comment by nikita — April 1, 2011 @ 5:25 am

  55. Oats is called Kaadaikkanni in tamil and Yavalu in telugu.That might answer a few of the questions out there. Thanks.

    Comment by parthasarathy r — April 1, 2011 @ 5:50 am

  56. I cooked it just like regular upma. add onions, curry leave, vegitables like carrots, beans, tomato. some peanuts , mustard seeds .

    it come really tasty.

    Comment by Mansa — June 9, 2011 @ 8:09 am

  57. you can also tried like poha,
    just soak for 1 min then compltely dry it.
    add onions, mustard seeds, peanuts into hot oil, cook patatos too. then add oats

    it will be a yummy breakfast.

    Thanks and enjoy

    Comment by radha — June 9, 2011 @ 8:12 am

  58. thanks for the oatma 😉

    Comment by harish — June 17, 2011 @ 9:04 am

  59. I am so excited to try this recipe. I just discovered eating oatmeal for breakfast this year and find it delicious with dried fruit, nuts, and brown sugar but am super excited to try an Indian version. I sent my mom the link to and want her to try it as well. Thanks for the innovative idea!

    Comment by Rupi — June 19, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

  60. BTW, how much calories are there in this dish. sounds good, wanna give a try

    Comment by SBK — July 7, 2011 @ 3:47 am

  61. Hey awesome recipe!

    I was scared that it might turn out sticky.
    But it was just like poha. Not sticky at all. In fact I am gonna try and make it like poha, with onions and potato. Will let you know how it turns out.

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    Comment by SALEEM — September 22, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

  63. I also make some oatmeal custard . My hubby loves it.

    Comment by Shreya — January 31, 2012 @ 7:38 am

  64. Upma is always made of rava or Suji but using Oats for it is just very very new to me. So its a fantastic Recipe for me. Thanks so much. I was searching for some good oats recipe after finding out how good oats are in this article on oats nutrition facts page and found this. I am really thankful. I will try this out tonight and get back with my experience.

    Comment by Sarah Gomes — March 17, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  65. Hey this is a great recipe. I would suggest you to also add a link somewhere after or before the article which tells why oats is so great. I just discovered it and given that I am a vegetarian, I am very excited about it. If you agree with me, do add the below link to your article.

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