Mouthwatering Masala Oats To Try Today!

Tired of the same old breakfast routine and longing for something new? Why not give Masala Oats a try?

This isn’t your typical sweet oatmeal breakfast; this is oats reimagined in a savory avatar that’s packed full of vibrant flavors and wholesome ingredients.

A dash of spices like red chili powder and mustard seeds, a mix of delicious veggies like green beans and carrots, and the kick of grated ginger all make these Masala Oats an absolute winner. Throw in some aromatic curry leaves, a garnishing of fresh coriander leaves, and voila! You have a tantalizing, healthful breakfast ready to be served.

Plus, for our dairy-free pals, we’ve got you covered with options to use in place of ghee. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to spice up your mornings with my delightful Masala Oats recipe! ?

What are Indian-Style Savory Masala Oats?

Why savory oats, you might ask?

Well, let’s embark on a little culinary tour to find out!

Picture waking up in India to the smell of a classic breakfast dish – Poha, otherwise known as flattened rice. Now, let me clue you in on a little secret about breakfasts in India: they lean on the savory side. That’s right, none of that sugary cereal here! Poha is traditionally made by sautéing veggies with spices, often mustard seeds and curry leaves, and then mixing in soaked flattened rice. Sounds delicious, right? Now, imagine bringing the same tantalizing flavors to your morning bowl of oats.

Instead of the high-carb flattened rice used in Poha, we’ve got oats: a whole-grain champion that is lower in carbs and rich in fiber. By infusing them with the vibrant flavors of the core ground spices and a colorful mélange of veggies alike, we create Masala Oats – a savory and scrumptious breakfast dish that closely shadows Poha but with smarter carbs.

This is a fantastic, healthful dish that doesn’t scrimp on flavor and leaves you feeling contented.

Dive in, and let’s make this delicious breakfast Masala Oats recipe!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients

Oats (regular or gluten-free): I’ve used gluten-free rolled oats, you can use the regular kind or even instant oatmeal although that will tend to get a bit mushy for this recipe.

Veggies: In this recipe, I’ve chosen to use carrots and green beans, but feel free to tailor the vegetables to your liking or what you have in your kitchen. Peas, broccoli, cauliflower, and beets are all excellent additions.

Spices: For the initial tempering process, you’ll need mustard seeds. I’ve also included some red chili powder to provide some heat, but if that’s not to your taste, feel free to skip it.

Ginger: A little ginger goes a long way in adding a pop of flavor, nicely balancing the spices and enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Curry Leaves: These leaves bring that authentic Indian aroma that transports this dish to a whole new level.

Oil: Pick a neutral oil of your liking to cook the ingredients. If you prefer, you could also use ghee, vegan butter, or coconut oil as a dairy-free option.

Coriander Leaves or Cilantro: To put the final flavorful punch in your masala oats, garnish with a generous sprinkle of coriander leaves (cilantro) to serve.

How To Make Masala Oats

Let’s get started on this effortless, no-fuss recipe that’s going to transform your ordinary breakfast into an exotic feast.

The fun begins by warming up some oil in your favorite kadai, or if you prefer, a deep, broad pan over medium-low heat. Add the mustard seeds and they will begin to crackle and pop almost immediately.

Next, it’s time for the ginger. Its warm and woody fragrance will fill your kitchen as you stir it for a minute until it becomes fragrant. Now the magic really starts to happen.

Add your pre-prepped veggies (which could have been chopped ahead as part of your meal prep), the fiery red chili powder (optional, of course), curry leaves, and a pinch of salt. A quick two-minute stir fry, and we’re onto the next step.

Do you remember those oats we talked about earlier? It’s their turn to join the party. Mix in your rolled oats, and stir in some water. Thanks to the ease and speed of this recipe, in just 2 to 3 minutes, with frequent stirring to avoid any untoward burning, your oats are tender, and the veggies are cooked just right.

For those who like a rich finish, stir in your choice of ghee (or dairy-free alternatives like vegan butter or coconut oil) until melted.

Voila! Your delectable masala oats are all ready to enjoy.

Before you dive in, don’t forget to garnish it with a sprinkling of chopped coriander leaves. There you have it, an easy, quick, and delicious breakfast or snack you pulled together in no time.

Enjoy hot, and just revel in the warmth and flavors, proving yet again, that cooking good food doesn’t have to be complicated!

Some Pro Tips

  • Masala Oats can be made with any vegetable. When I’m in a hurry, I’ll throw in some frozen vegetables, like a bag of peas and carrots, or mixed vegetables. 
  • I haven’t ever used brother instead of water or parsley instead of cilantro but I think they would work well!
  • Prepping the veggies ahead will save you some time in the morning.
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Masala Oats


Description

Masala Oats is a wholesome, flavorsome Indian breakfast made by simmering oats in a hearty mix of vegetables and a fusion of aromatic spices.


Ingredients

Scale

Whole spices:

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Ground spices:

  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (optional)

Other ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ cup  green beans, cut in about 2-inches width
  • ½ cup carrots, cut into small cubes
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup (100 g) rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil.

Additional: 

Top with ghee, vegan butter, or coconut oil as preferred.

 

Garnish:

  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)

Instructions

Step 1: Heat oil

Heat oil in a kadai (Indian wok or a wide, deep pan) over medium-low heat.

Step 2: Cook mustard seeds

Carefully, add 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds and cook until seeds splutter.

Step 3: Sauté ginger

Add 1 teaspoon grated ginger, stir, and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Step 4: Add veggies, spices, and salt

Next, add:

  • ½ cup (80 g) green beans, cut in about 2-inches width
  • ½ cup (80 g) carrots, cut into small cubes
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • Salt, to taste

Stir-fry on medium heat for 2 minutes.

Step 5: Add oats and water

Mix in ½ cup (100 g) of rolled oats and stir in 1 cup (240 ml) of water.

Step 6: Cook

Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until oats are tender and vegetables are just cooked through, stirring frequently to avoid burning.

Step 7: Stir in ghee (optional)

Stir in 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ghee, vegan butter, or coconut oil (for dairy-free option) until melted.

Step 8: Serve and garnish

Serve the Masala Oats garnished with chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro) and enjoy warm.

Notes

I use gluten-free oats and regular oats work just as well!

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