For Roasting Oats

  • ▢1 cup quick cooking oats – 100 grams

  • ▢½ teaspoon oil – any neutral oil

Other Ingredients

  • ▢¼ cup finely chopped onions – tightly packed

  • ▢¼ cup finely chopped carrots

  • ▢¼ cup finely chopped french beans

  • ▢¼ cup green peas – fresh or frozen

  • ▢7 to 8 curry leaves

  • ▢1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • ▢1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ▢1 teaspoon chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)

  • ▢1 teaspoon urad dal (optional)

  • ▢8 to 10 cashews or roasted peanuts

  • ▢½ teaspoon ginger – finely chopped

  • ▢1 or 2 green chilies – chopped

  • ▢1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)

  • ▢1.25 cups water

  • ▢2 tablespoons oil – any neutral oil or coconut oil

  • ▢salt as required

Instructions Roasting Oats

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add 1 cup quick cooking oats.

  • Stir and roast on a low heat until the oats become crisp.

  • Keep stirring continuously so that the oats do not get browned from the bottom. No need to brown the oats. You really just want a bit of crispness.

  • Remove oats in a plate or tray and set aside.

Sautéing Onions And Veggies

  • In the same pan, heat the oil. Add mustard seeds. Stir and fry until the mustard seeds crackle.

  • Then add cumin seeds, chana dal, urad dal (optional) and cashews.

  • Stir and fry until the chana dal gets browned.

  • Add tightly packed finely chopped onions. Stir and sauté until the onions turn translucent.

  • Next add finely chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Stir and sauté for half a minute.

Making Oats Upma

  • Then add finely chopped carrots, finely chopped french beans and green peas, fresh or frozen. Stir and sauté for 2 minutes.

  • Add water. Cover the pan with its lid.

  • On a medium heat simmer and cook this mixture until the veggies are almost done. About 8 to 9 minutes.

  • Then add the roasted oats. Stir lightly. Add salt as required. Stir very well.

  • Then cover the pan again with its lid and on a low heat, steam for 7 to 8 minutes.

  • Once done, then add chopped coriander leaves.

  • Stir and serve oats upma drizzled with some lemon or lime juice.

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