Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Masala Oats | Oats Porridge For Weight Loss | Zero Oil Recipe | Diet Friendly Recipe | Indian Style Spicy Oats Porridge

When you are on a diet control it is really difficult to fight the cravings. But there are ways to satisfy your tastebuds and aid your dieting, here is one tasty and easy to prepare recipe using the best diet friendly ingredient "oats". A warm bowl of something hot, spicy and tasty will always be comforting to the tastebuds when on a diet restriction. Just a bowl is enough to satiate your hanker. I've used very common ingredients and still it tastes sooo yum hot and flavorful, this porridge is not sticky but has a nice texture that you'll love, its vegetarian & vegan, plus its a zero oil recipe. You can call it a bowl of goodness which is perfect for diabetics. Oats has this beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that helps in lowering cholesterol and hence is good for people with High blood cholesterol levels too. It is good for everyone kids and grown ups equally. Include some oats in your regular diet and get benefited in many ways. 

This is such an easy & effortless recipe, all you have to do is boil veggies, throw in the spice powders, add oats, cook until done and serve, how easy does that sound? My common tip to get a non-sticky porridge is to always add oats to boiling water/milk, never add oats before the liquid boils well, fix this tip in mind and your oats porridge will always be great. I prepare this spicy porridge very often for my husband's breakfast and the sweet oats porridge for myself. Have a hungry tummy and a demanding taste bud and gotta make compromises? not anymore try this porridge enjoy both taste and fitness. Next time I promise that you won't reach out for the packed ones in the stores after trying this one, prepare your own homemade masala oats, have fun customising the recipe with your choice of veggies and benefit healthwise. Serve during breakfast or brunch or even dinner and earn appreciations. 


Serves 2
Total Preparation Time - 20 minutes
  1. Oats - 6 tablespoons (rolled oats; I used quaker oats) 
  2. Chopped onion - 3 tablespoon (Big onions preferably, shallots can also be used) 
  3. Chopped carrot - 2 to 3 tablespoon (or half of a big carrot)
  4. Chopped Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon
  5. French Beans - 3 (remove strings & chop) 
  6. Green chilly - 1 (split half) 
  7. Garlic - 1 small clove crushed 
  8. Ginger - 1 small piece crushed 
  9. Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon 
  10. Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon 
  11. Pepper powder - 1/4 teaspoon (or 1/2 teaspoon if you need it more spicy) 
  12. Garam masala / Homemade Tandoori masala - 1/4 teaspoon 
  13. Salt - 1/2 teaspoon (or as required) 


  • Place a saucepan on flame and pour 400 ml of water (or nearly 2 glasses).
  • Add chopped onion, carrot, beans, coriander leaves, slit green chilli, crushed ginger and garlic and stir well. When it starts boiling add all the dry powders cumin powder, red chilli powder, pepper powder, garam masala  (or homemade tandoori masala powder) and salt. Stir well. 
  • Cook on low flame for 5 to 7 minutes or until the veggies get cooked. 
  • Now add oats and stir. 
  • Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the oats gets cooked. Add extra water if required. Now check for salt and add if needed.
  • Once the dish gets done remove from flame and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve.  

TIP 1: You will get all the necessary fiber and goodness from a bowl of oats porridge, but if you still want to make it protein rich add some cooked dal (like split green gram / Split pigeon peas). This will make it a tasty & complete meal. 

TIP 2: I only use homemade tandoori masala powder that does not have any added food colors. I haven't tried using the store bought ones. Garam masala or tandoori masala anything would do. But still tandoori masala adds a special flavor. 

TIP 3: Optionally you can add other veggies like chopped beetroot, potatoes, peas or cabbage. You can also add few mint leaves to add some extra punch. 

TIP 4: To bring out the flavors better you can add a small piece of jaggery or 1/8 tsp of sugar. But it completely optional. 

Easy, spicy, tasty & healthy porridge is now ready!!! 

Check out m other oats recipe here!!


  1. Delicious Oats... perfect for diet... very useful for me :)

  2. tempting and filling porridge.. Love ur second click amazing

  3. yummy porridge,am too having this regularly

  4. Guilt free yummy porridge Divy.. .Lovely clicks...

  5. Its just a coincidence i took few masala oats packs from my friend at work..am.too lazy to prepare this :)

    I do a similar version with bulgar brroke wheat with loads of vegetables and coriander

  6. Love to start my day with this fantastic dish.

  7. Just tried the Quaker Masala Oats today and it was delicious AND super filling! So I felt like I HAD to find a homemade recipe. This sounds delicious! Definitely gonna try it out soon, thank you for the recipe :)

  8. Tried the Quaker Masala Oats today and I NEEDED to find a homemade recipe to eat on a regular basis, so thank you for this!

  9. Superb... Tried it tastes good


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