Oats Upma or Savory Oats and Veggie Stir Fry


A healthy breakfast or evening snack…

Oats is one of the heart healthiest ingredients that can be used for making so many dishes. I start my day mostly with oats: oats mixed with milk, oats pancake, oats porridge, sometimes I make cookies or granola bars with oats. It’s such a versatile ingredient that can be added as whole or ground.

One of the breakfast dishes in South India is Upma, mostly made with semolina or cracked wheat. Recently, I found that oats can be transformed into savory upma. Yesterday, I tried making this for evening snack and loved it so much that I ended up making it again this morning for breakfast.

The mixed veggies and the egg, the slight tanginess from the lemon juice and the spices along with oats make this a healthy and flavorful dish.

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Preparation Pictures

Stir frying the veggies

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After adding oats

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Here is the video for making Oats Upma


Oats Upma or Savory Oats and Veggie Stir Fry
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3 People
  • Oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds- ½ tsp
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Ginger minced- 1 inch slice
  • Garlic minced- 1 clove
  • Green chili, chopped- 1 (optional)
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Cashew nuts, halved- 3 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped- 1 small
  • Mixed veggies, cut small- 1 cup (carrot, beans, corn, peas)
  • Egg, beaten-1 (optional)
  • Chili powder- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Ground Cumin- ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 2 tsp
  • Instant Oats- 1 cup
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
  • Salt- to taste
  1. Place a wok or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add oil let it turn hot.
  2. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  3. Add cumin seeds, saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add bay leaf, minced ginger, garlic and green chilies, saute till golden in color.
  5. Add cashew nuts, saute for a few seconds.
  6. Add turmeric powder, combine well.
  7. Add chopped onions and sprinkle a few pinches of salt. Saute till onions turn translucent.
  8. Add mixed veggies, stir fry for a couple of minutes till veggies turn tender.
  9. Slide the veggies to the side of the pan.
  10. Add the beaten egg on the other side of the pan and scramble the eggs well.
  11. Add chili powder, coriander powder, ground cumin, combine well.
  12. Add instant oats, stir fry for a minute.
  13. Slowly add water and keep stirring. Don't add too much water as the oats will turn mushy.
  14. Drizzle lemon juice and combine well.
  15. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  16. Sprinkle chopped cilantro, stir fry for a few seconds.
  17. Serve into a bowl and enjoy when it's warm.
Adding egg is just optional.