Had been reading about oats upma, oats idli, oats this, oats that....and was planning to try this for long. Finally decided on making it and definitely, having sambar as a combination for it. But, was really short of all the different vegetables needed to make it, so after some thought...conclusion. Sambar flavoured upma. Yes, was gonna try it then and there.
For all those oats repellant humans (just like me!) here is one better alternative. Oats Upma,the flavoured version - with an indian touch. A pinch of sambar masala, and it brings a world of difference. But, just that we need to use the old fashioned rolled oats for making upma. Do not try it with the instant oats. It gets too mushy.
- Soak the rolled oats in water for about 3 mins
- While it is soaking, cut your onion, green chilly, ginger
- In a hot pan, add 2 tsp of oil, season it with mustard seeds, chana dhal, urad dhal, cumin seeds, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger, raw peanuts and saute until chana dhal, peanuts are golden brown and crispy. Do not brown them all.
- Now add the onions and saute until they turn translucent
- Sprinkle some salt and sambar powder
- Add the vegetables (I added frozen peas and carrot - they cook very quick) and saute well
- When the veges are done, (you may cover and cook if they are not frozen), drain the oats really well and add them to the pan. Do not squeeze the oats though. It will get mushy.
- Saute the oats for about 3 mins with frequent stirring. You may sprinlke the drained water now and then, to get the oats cooked. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on really low flame.
- Adjust salt and serve hot as is or with any chutney.
- This is a healthy, tasty, easy breakfast for those 'no-no to oats' eaters.