savory steel cut oats

Savory steel cut oats recipe

By Swasthi on September 1, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Savory steel cut oats recipe – Simple, quick, delicious, healthy one pot lentil & steel cut oats recipe. Whole oat groats, Instant oatmeal, rolled oats & steel cut oats are some of the types available in the market. All of these have nearly the same nutrition profile except the whole groats & steel cuts have twice the amount of fiber than the rolled oats & Instant oats.

Savory steel cut oats

Whole groats & the steel cut variety are the least processed. So they have extra fiber which helps the tummy to keep full for longer as it digests slowly. These are healthy & great for everone including those aiming for weight loss.

This savory lentil & steel cut oats recipe will give you a bowl of delicious khichdi that can also be served to toddlers or kids. A bowl of salad, pickle or papads go well as sides. This makes for a great breakfast or dinner.

Feel free to use your favorite veggies in this recipe. Most times I make this with carrot, peas & french beans. I have the instructions for the instant pot and regular pot.

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1. Add oats and dal to a cooker.

oats and dal for savory steel cut oats recipe

2. Wash a few times and drain. Soak in water till the veggies are chopped. It is good to soak steel cut oats in a large bowl with little yogurt or whey added to it. Soaking for at least overnight reduces the amount of phytates to some extent in the oats.

rinsing steel cut oats and soaking

3. Drain and set aside.

How to make savory steel cut oats

4. Add ghee or oil to the cooker and heat it.

5. Add bay leaf and cumin.

tempering spices in ghee for savory steel cut oats

6. When the cumin splutters, add hing.

7. Add onions and fry until they turn pink or golden.

8. Add ginger paste. Saute just for a minute.

frying onions

9. Add tomatoes, turmeric and salt.

adding tomatoes and salt to make saovry oats

10. Saute until tomatoes turn soft & mushy. Add red chili powder. Saute for another 1 minute.

adding spice powder

11. Add chopped veggies. I have used capsicum. It may not go well with all. So you can skip it you don’t like the flavor. Saute the veggies for 2 mins.

adding veggies to make savory steel cut oats

12. Add oats & dal. Saute for 2 mins.

13. Pour water. Stir and check the salt. If needed add more.

14.Cover the cooker. Pressure cook on a medium heat for 2 to 3 whistles. I cooked for 2.

15. When the pressure goes down, open the lid. Give a good stir.

Serve steel cut oats khichdi with pickle, papad or salad.

Savory steel cut oats recipe

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savory steel cut oats recipe

Savory steel cut oats

Savory steel cut oats made with lentils, spices, mixed veggies & steel cut oats. Serve this with some yogurt, pickle or papad. Instructions for regular pot, Instant pot & traditional cooker included.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings1 to 2

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ¼ cup steel cut oats
  • ¼ cup moong dal (or skinned split mung beans)
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or clarified butter or oil)
  • ½ tsp cumin (or jeera)
  • ¼ piece bay leaf (optional, tej patta)
  • ¾ tsp ginger chopped finely (or grated, adrak)
  • 2 pinches turmeric (or haldi)
  • ½ tsp salt (use as needed)
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder (or pepper powder or green chili)
  • 2 tbsps onions (chopped)
  • 1 medium tomato (chopped finely)
  • ¼ cup mix vegetables (optional, carrots, beans)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pinch hing (or asafoetida) (optional)


  • Wash oats and dal few times. Soak till the veggies are chopped. 

Stovetop savory steel cut oats

  • Add ghee to a pressure cooker and heat it. Add cumin and bay leaf. When the cumin splutters, add hing
  • Next fry onions until they turn pink or golden. Stir in the ginger and fry for a minute.
  • Add tomatoes, veggies, turmeric and salt. Fry until the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Stir in red chili powder. Saute until the raw smell of chilli goes away. 
  • Drain the oats and dal. Add them to the cooker.
  • Pour water. Give a good mix and check the salt. If needed add more.
  • Cover the lid and pressure cook on a medium heat for 2 to 3 whistles. I cook for 2 whistles. If cooking in a pot add more water as needed and cook until the dal turns soft.
  • Let the pressure go down. Open the lid and stir well.
  • Serve steel cut oats khichdi hot or warm topped with a tsp of ghee.

Instant pot savory steel cut oats

  • Press saute button on the IP. When it displays hot add ghee or oil.
  • Add cumin and bay leaf. Saute for 30 seconds and quickly add onions.
  • Fry for 2 mins and then add hing, ginger, tomatoes and salt.
  • Saute until the tomatoes break down and turn soft.
  • Saute veggies, turmeric and chilli powder for a minute.
  • Then add dal,steel cut oats and pout water.
  • Mix and taste the water. If needed add more salt.
  • Secure the insta pot lid and set the steam release handle to sealing.
  • Press the porridge button. It is set to 20 mins. You can also pressure cook on high for 10 mins.
  • Wait for the natural pressure release. When the pin drops, open and stir the steel cut oats.


Savory steel cut oats in Instant pot
Follow the same steps on the saute mode. Secure the lid of the IP.
Option 1: Then press the porridge button. It is auto set to 20 mins.
Option 2: You can also pressure cook on high pressure for 10 mins. Allow a NPR for 10 mins. 

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
Savory steel cut oats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 1229mg53%
Potassium 678mg19%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 21g88%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2770IU55%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 7.4mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swasthi, I have tried many of your recipes and they always turn out so good. I appreciate all the little extra details you add to your recipes, they make a lot of difference.
About this recipe, I wanted to ask, if you changed the steel cut to rolled oats would any thing change in the recipe, like timing, or water to be added?

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Very good. Thanks.

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Hi Swasthi,

Tried this today for the first time and it was so delicious. We haven’t tried the oats before but certainly will do it more often.

I just love your recipes.


Hi Swasthi,

Thank you so much for your lovely recipes! Can we use toor dal in place of moong dal here?

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Hello Swathi,
I made this today and I must say it was so delicious! I did a mustard seed too because I like it. When id was done cooking I topped it with fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of Garam Marsala.
Outstanding! Will be trying many more of your recipes, Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this site.