Masala Oats Recipe

By Swasthi on August 4, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Masala oats recipe – We love the non-sticky and non-mushy version of the oats upma that is made with rolled oats. This masala oats is a recent addition to our quick fix dinner menu. It can be served alone without any accompaniment but is best with papad, chutney, podi or raita. This masala oats turns non mushy if made with rolled oats, if made with quick cook oats it turns mushy and can also be made to a porridge consistency.

masala oats recipe

You can also check this collection of oats recipes
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How to Make Masala Oats (Stepwise Photos)

Toast 1 cup rolled oats or instant oats in a pan until slightly crisp and aromatic. They won’t turn crunchy but will become slightly crisp. This helps to avoid masala oats from turning sticky. Keep this aside.

dry roast oatmeal for masala oats recipe

Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons oil to a pan and heat it. Add half teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds). When the seeds begin to splutter, add ½ to ¾ teaspoon ginger garlic paste.

seasoning ginger garlic for oats masala

Quickly saute till the ginger garlic turns aromatic, for about 30 to 60 seconds. Then add 1 sliced onions (medium sized) and 1 green chili (slit). Saute until the onions turn golden.

frying onions

Add ¾ cup veggies like chopped carrots, peas and chopped green beans (French beans). I have used 1 small carrot and 1/4 cup peas. Saute the veggies for 2 to 3 mins.

sauteing veggies for masala oats recipe

Add 2 small to medium sized tomatoes, chopped and deseeded. Also sprinkle half teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric.

cooking tomatoes for masala oats recipe 05

Cook until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder and ¼ tsp coriander powder (optional).

spice powders

Give a quick stir and saute until aromatic for a minute.

pour water for masala oats recipe

Pour ¾ cup water if using instant oats or 1 to 1¼ cup water if using rolled oats. Bring it to a boil. The amount of water to use depends on the thickness of your oats. Feel free to use more if you want. If you want a soupy khichdi like masala oats, you may add up to 2 to 2.5 cups water. Taste test and adjust the salt.

addition of oatmeal

Reduce the heat to low. Add the roasted oats and mix well.

cooking oats masala

Cover and cook on a low heat for 2 mins. If it looks too dry you may splash more water.

Drizzle some ghee or lemon juice. Serve masala oats immediately, while it is still hot.

masala oats

Recipe Card

Masala Oats Recipe

Masala oatmeal cooked in Indian style with spice powders. Makes a good breakfast or quick dinner.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ¾ cup veggies (carrots, peas, beans etc)
  • 2 tomatoes medium sized
  • 1 onion thinly sliced medium
  • 1 cup oats (Instant or rolled)
  • ¾ cup water (for instant oats, 1¼ cup for rolled oats, refer notes)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 pinch Turmeric
  • Oil as needed
  • ½ to ¾ tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tsp cumin / jeera
  • 1 to 2 green chilies
  • ¼ to ½ tsp Garam masala powder or pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • Coriander leaves as needed


  • Dry roast oats until golden or they begin to smell good. Set aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Add cumin and allow to crackle.
  • Sauté ginger garlic until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add onions and fry until they turn slightly golden or pink.
  • Saute veggies for 2 to 3 mins. Add tomatoes, sprinkle salt and turmeric.
  • Cook until the tomatoes turn completely mushy.
  • Add chili powder, garam masala or pav bhaji masala and coriander powder.
  • Mix and fry for 2 to 3 minutes until it smells good.
  • Add water and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add oats and stir well. If needed add more or less water to adjust the consistency.
  • Cover and cook for 2 mins. Add coriander leaves.
  • Drizzle some ghee or lemon juice over the hot masala oats. Serve it as it is or with podi, chutney or raita.


Please note that the quantity of water to use may differ depending on the kind of oats used or the quantity of water they absorb.
To make it to a porridge consistency, you may need to triple the quantity of water mentioned in the recipe card. That works perfectly well for me.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Masala Oats Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3565IU71%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Very good.

Mza AA gya

Will it enhance the taste if we add chana to this recipe? Or it will bounce back???

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Delicious! It tastes like a healthy version of Maggi Noodles! Sooo good! Going to make it again for sure!

super recipe

What do you mean by dry the oats ? isn’t clear to me

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Nice tips

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i have no cooking experience but i made it and it turned out great! thanks for the recipe 🙂

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Hi swathi I made this recipe very tasty enjoyed very much,in your recipes I saw salt in pink colour is it Himalaya pink salt ,if it is whe re can I find in Singapore

Hi swathi thank you for your reply. Pink salt is’nt good to take continuesly why we need to give break for 1m.

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Thank you for the information ?

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This is the first time preparing oats.the recipe was delicious. Everybody at home loved it

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Thanks dear…I tried masala oats and it came out nicely…Finally got something right thanks to you

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Love this. Never thought oats can be this delicious
Thanks a lot

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I made it today.. It was yummy.. Husband liked it so much… Thanks for the receipe… 🙂

4 stars
yum! Tried this at the weekend and it was delicious!