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oats-upma

Oats Upma

Oats are known for their health benefits because of its dietary fibers, iron and cholesterol reducing agents. This recipe of upma prepares a healthy dish with the benefits of oats, fresh vegetables and Indian spices and is suitable to be served to heart and diabetic patients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats or quick cook oats
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup chopped vegetables (carrot, peas, beans)(optional)
  • 2 green chilies (slit) or broken red chili
  • ¼ tsp, chopped ginger (optional)
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp chana dal
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • 1.5 tbsp. peanuts
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice as needed
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Grated coconut as desired (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a hot pan, when the oil is hot, add cumin, mustard, dhals. Allow the dhals to turn golden, add curry leaves, green chili and finely chopped vegetables.
  2. Fry till the onions, vegetables are soft. Add turmeric powder. Cover and cook if needed.
  3. If you have rolled oats, dry roast oats for about 5 minutes in a wide pan. Set this aside to cool. This is optional but helps to remove the husky smell. While the onions are frying, rinse the oats in a colander under running water, Drain up the entire water.
  4. Add oats, salt and fry for one to two minutes without burning.
  5. Sprinkle 3 tbsp. water. Mix. Cover and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Reduce the flame to low, cover and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. Stirring occasionally till fully cooked.
  7. If needed you can sprinkle little more water, if you want it to be mushy.
  8. Add grated coconut, coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix and serve.
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