Old-Fashioned Masala Oats
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
17 mins

This power packed bowl of savoury oats with the goodness of mixed vegetables is the perfect way to kick-start your mornings!

Servings: 1 person
Author: Shireen Sequeira @ www.ruchikrandhap.com
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats * see note
  • 1 cup 250 ml freshly boiled water * see notes
  • 2-3 teaspoons melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4-5 cashew nut halves
  • 1/2 inch ginger finely minced
  • 1/2 green chilli minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/8 th cup frozen peas
  • 1/8 th cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/8 th teaspoon dry mango powder amchur or 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • a pinch of garam masala powder optional
  • salt to taste
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a wide based pan and roast the whole oats on a low heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove on a plate and let it cool
  2. To the same pan add some more oil and let it heat. Then add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Reduce the heat and toss in the cashew nut halves and let them fry gently till golden.
  3. Add the ginger, green chilli, onions and fry on a medium-low heat till the onions turn translucent (pale pinkish) and then add the carrots, peas, corn kernels and fry for half a minute
  4. Add the rest of the seasoning - the chopped coriander and the spice powders and fry for half a minute on a low heat. Now add the roasted oats and mix everything well

  5. Add the freshly boiled water and salt to taste. Let the mixture come to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Simmer and cook till done.
  6. Mix everything well and serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Old-fashioned oats are also called as whole or rolled oats. These are essentially oat groats that have been dehusked and steamed before being rolled into flat flakes. Whole oats are different from the very popular and commonly available quick cooking oats made famous by Quaker Oats. Whole oats will take slightly longer to cook than the quick cooking variety but are considered to be more healthy than the latter. The ratio of 0.25: 1 (for every 1/4 cup of oats we need 1 cup of water) yields in oats that have been cooked just right. If you like it mushy, increase the water to another 1/8th to 1/4 cup of water (a total of 1-1/4 cups for every 1/4 cup of rolled oats)