Just a decade ago, all of us were happy with our traditional breakfast and snack items. And nobody would’ve imagined that there will be something called Maggi noodles and Masala oats as snack options in near future.
But, when we look around today, we can see people enjoying these food dishes with more enthusiasm.
Isn’t it amazing?
We didn’t take too long to adapt our taste buds to these unconventional foods.
The nutritionists and dietitians also recommend oats as a healthy breakfast option for those who want to control their cholesterol level.
For others, you can use oats with multiple ingredients and make your own recipes. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s see how to make a simple variation of regular oats i.e. Masala Oats.
How to make Masala Oats
This savoury dish doesn’t require much time to cook and can be prepared in less than half an hour.
Have a look at the preparation steps below –
Total Time – 25 minutes
Serves – 2-3 people
- Oats – 5 tablespoon
- Onion – 1, medium sized, finely chopped
- Green Peas – 2 tablespoon, peeled and washed
- Green Beans – 2 tablespoon, cut into small pieces
- Carrot – 1 tablespoon, cut into small cubes
- Capsicum – 1 tablespoon, cut into small cubes
- Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Red Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
- Pav Bhaji Masala – 1/2 teaspoon
- Coriander Leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
- Oil – 2 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Water as needed
1. Heat oil in a pan and keep the flame to medium.
2. When the oil turns hot enough, add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
3. Then, add the finely chopped onions and salt into it. Stir-fry them till they get translucent.
4. If the onions are cooked well, add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and vegetables in it. Mix well and cook under the lid for around 8-10 minutes.
5. Once the veggies are nearly done, add the Oats and Pav Bhaji Masala in it. Stir-fry them and cook for a couple of minutes.
6. Add some water into it and mix again thoroughly. Cook for 3-4 minutes more on low-medium flame.
Note – You can adjust water quantity as per the consistency you want for your Masala Oats.
7. Switch off the flame. Take it out in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
So, there you go! Your spicy masala oats are now ready to serve.
I really like these type of recipes, as you don’t have to spend a lot of time in kitchen to prepare such delicious food.
If you are bored with Maggi masala noodles, you should replace them with this healthy oats version. This is a must try recipe for all the bachelors.
Variations for Masala Oats Recipe
You can make several dishes with oats, and the aforementioned vegetable masala oats is also one of those variation recipes. When you think of experimenting with already modified dish, you have to put more efforts in order to come up with more tasty dish.
Fortunately, the masala oats version can easily be converted into following dishes.
South Indian Masala Oats –
Do you wish to transform the above recipe with some other flavors? Try it with South Indian spices!
Yes, it’s very easy to twist the recipe with Sambar Masala powder and veggies like Drumstick & Pumpkin. Here’s what you need to do –
- Replace Pav Bhaji Masala with Sambar Masala powder.
- Add the vegetables according to your taste.
- Steam these veggies in Pressure cooker before adding to the onion and ginger-garlic base.
- Follow rest of the recipe as mentioned above.
These are some of the basic changes that you’ll have to make for South Indian Masala Oats. You can, of course, try and experiment more with spices or veggies, but I’ll leave that part to you. I’m sure it’ll be fun.
Masala Oats Upma –
Upma, a popular South Indian snack, is generally made with Semolina, but it’s very much possible to make it with oats as well. You can simply mix semolina and oats together to prepare quick and delicious snack for your friends and family.
Here’s how to make Masala Oats Upma –
- Pressure cook your favorite vegetables till 3 whistles.
- Prepare mustard seeds tadka/tempering in a pan and stir fry the semolina & oats in it.
- Once the semolina starts to change its color, add the cooked veggies and spices. Stir-fry again for 2-3 minutes.
- Finally, add the hot water and mix everything together. Cook your Upma for another couple of minutes and it should be ready to serve.
Note – You don’t have to use Pav Bhaji Masala and Red Chilli Powder in this recipe. Some chopped green chillies would be enough to get the desired heat in this dish.
Usually, the food items that are termed as “healthy” won’t have a great mouthwatering taste. This is when Granny’s old trick (if you don’t like the original taste, twist the recipe.) comes to rescue.
There is no doubt that oats are beneficial for our body, and you must include them in your meals. However, Masala oats might not get high score from food experts due to oil and spices.
But hey, this recipe is at least ten times better than those over fried snacks available on the streets. We’ve also included vegetables in the masala oats preparation, which means it’s going to be a double advantage for you.
Now, head over to your kitchen and make these oats dishes for your family!