Masala Oats was something that I fell in love with during the lockdown and has become a staple breakfast in my home ever since.

Masala Oats | Savoury Indian Style Oats
Masala Oats | Savoury Indian Style Oats

Well, I have a like (note I don’t say love) and hate relationship with oats. There are days when I like them and then there are days when I just can’t stand them. I always marveled at my friend and colleague Deepali, who seemed to relish them everyday. She used to have readymade Masala Oats at around tea-time every day as a way to tide her over till dinner. And my tastes quite align with Deepali’s but somehow oats did not appeal to me.

However, when I was stocking up supplies at the start of the lockdown, one of the things I kept on hand was single-serve sachets of flavoured oats, and that’s how I discovered this dish. As is wont with me, I try to avoid processed foods and so wanted to make my own version of this, and that’s how I started making Masala Oats at home.

What I like about this recipe for Masala Oats is that you can add a variety of flavours to it. I have tried it with Pav Bhaji Masala, Sambar Powder, and Garam Masala; apart from keeping it simple with just some chili powder for taste.

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Masala Oats
Masala Oats

How to Make Masala Oats at Home

Tips:

  • You can use spring onion to add a nice flavour to it. If you do this, use the spring onion portion instead of the regular onion; and add finely chopped spring onion greens at the very end and mix well.
  • I have added sprouts to the Masala Oats. This a personal choice and you can safely omit this step. 
  • I serve Masala Oats immediately. However, you can make a large batch and refrigerate it. In such a case or if you are serving the oat a little while after cooking them, you will find that the oats has thickened considerably. In such a case, add a some boiling hot water and mix well. 
  1. In a heavy-bottomed vessel, heat 1 tsp of olive oil.
  2. Add 1/2 cup chopped onions and stir-fry till they are translucent.
  3. Now, add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato and 1/2 cup chopped carrot.
  4. Stir-fry till the tomato has softened and has become a bit mushy.
  5. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp chilli powder (or Pav Bhaji Masala or Garam Masala or Sambar Powder) and some salt. Mix well.
  6. Now add 1/4 cup peas and 2 cups water.

  7. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes. This is to allow the carrots to soften a bit.
  8. Add 1 cup rolled oats and mix well.
  9. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes till the oats soften a bit.
  10. Take off the heat.
  11.  {Optional} Add 1/4 cup moong sprouts (or 1/4 cup chopped spring greens) and mix well.
  12. Serve Masala Oats hot with some piping hot Filter Coffee or then Pudina Adrak Chai.
Savoury Masala Oats
Savoury Masala Oats

Recipe for Masala Oats

Masala Oats

Aruna
Masala Oats is a filling breakfast that is loaded with vegetables. I like this dish because I prefer savoury breakfasts, and I often eat this dish as brunch or an early dinner too. The best part is that small tweaks will get you a variety of flavours, so you don't get bored.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 People
Equipment
  • Heavy Bottomed Vessel
Ingredients
  
Vegetables
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1/4 Cup Peas
  • 1/4 Cup Moong Sprouts (Optional; See Notes)
Other Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
 
  • In a heavy-bottomed vessel, heat 1 tsp of olive oil.
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped onions and stir-fry till they are translucent.
  • Now, add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato and 1/2 cup chopped carrot.
  • Stir-fry till the tomato has softened.
  • Add 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp chilli powder (or Pav Bhaji Masala or Garam Masala or Sambar Powder) and some salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Now add 1/4 cup peas and 2 cups water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup rolled oats and mix well.
  • Cook for 3 or 4 minutes till the oats soften a bit.
  • Take off the heat.
  • {Optional} Add 1/4 cup moong sprouts (or 1/4 cup chopped spring greens) and mix well.
  • Serve hot.
Keyword Masala Oats, Oats Upma, Savoury Oats
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