Masala Oats is a savory oatmeal breakfast porridge cooked with lots of vegetables and aromatic Indian spices. A healthy & delicious vegan breakfast recipe.

Savory oatmeal with veggies and spices in a bowl along with yogurt
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Savory Oatmeal with Spices and Veggies

Often, the sweeter oatmeal variant is preferred by most, but this Indian spiced masala oats are amazing and everyone including the kids loved them. You can also call this recipe – oats upma, curry oatmeal or spicy oats!

This healthy oatmeal recipe is made with wholesome veggies, so it is a great breakfast option and an excellent way to start the day. You can also try to have Indian masala oats for lunch or dinner.

If you have tried and are a fan of the popular Indian superfood, Khichdi, then you are sure to fall in love with this savory vegetable oats porridge, aka masala oats. My kids love this oatmeal with plain yogurt.

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How to make Masala Oats in the Instant Pot?

I have used steel-cut oats to make this masala oatmeal in the Instant Pot. Steel-cut oats take longer to cook on the stovetop, but are great to cook in a pressure cooker.

I have used onions, tomatoes along with a frozen mix of carrots, green beans, peas, corn for this savory masala oatmeal recipe. You can use fresh or frozen veggies. Both will cook well in the suggested cooking time.

This masala oatmeal recipe does not use any milk. It is cooked in water or you can use vegetable broth.

So let’s get started-

  • Set the instant pot in sauté mode and let it heat. Then add ghee/oil, along with some cumin seeds, and let them sizzle.
  • Then add the green chili, onions, ginger, and garlic. Sauté them well for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.
  • Add tomato and spices. Mix well. If you like, you can also add cashews to the masala oats.
  • Now, add the mixed vegetables along with steel-cut oats and water. Stir and mix them well. In case any veggie or oats is stuck at the bottom, deglaze it and close the Instant pot lid.
Step by step for masala savory oats in the instant pot
  • Now pressure cook mode for 8 minutes at high pressure.  (5 minutes for quick cooking steel-cut oats)
  • When the Instant pot beeps, wait for 10 minutes, then release the pressure and open the lid. It is okay to do a natural pressure release too.
  • Add a bit of lime juice to the cooked masala oats and mix well.
  • Garnish them with fresh cilantro leaves and enjoy with a dollop of yogurt.
Masala Oatmeal in a ladle

How to make Masala Oats on the Stovetop?

When making this Indian masala oats on a stovetop, I suggest using rolled oats as they cook quickly on the stovetop. For every cup of rolled oats, add 2 cups of water.

Follow the above steps for cooking the masala oats on the stove. But, after adding the oats and water, cook them covered for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat or till they have cooked completely and reached the desired consistency.

Curried Masala oatmeal cooked in the instant pot garnished with cilantro

Serving Suggestions

You can enjoy these spicy oats just as it is or add a dollop of fresh yogurt on the side and enjoy them.

Garnish with some cilantro and roasted nuts.

Salty oatmeal with veggies and yogurt In a bowl

Give these delicious Masala Oatmeal a try, and I would love to hear how they turn out!

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Indian Masala Oats (Savory Oatmeal)

Masala Oats is a savory oatmeal breakfast porridge cooked with lots of vegetables and aromatic Indian spices. A healthy & delicious vegan breakfast recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or Oil, use oil for vegan
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper, diced, optional
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Tomato, chopped
  • 1.5 cup Steel-cut Oats
  • 3.5 cup Water
  • 2 cup Mixed vegetables, Carrots, Green Beans, Peas, Corn, Edmame, frozen or fresh
  • 1 tablespoon Lime juice
  • Cilantro leaves , to garnish

Spices

Instructions 

  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode and heat it. Add ghee/oil, then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  • Now add the green chili, onion, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until onion are translucent.
    onion, ginger, and spices in the instant pot
  • Add tomato and spices. Mix well.
    Onion, tomato and spices in the instant pot
  • Add the mixed vegetables, oats and water. Mix well. If anything is stuck to the bottom of the pot, deglaze it. Press Cancel and close the lid with vent in sealing position.
    ready to cook masala oats in instant pot.
  • Change the instant pot setting to pressure cook (manual) mode for 8 minutes at high pressure.
  • When the instant pot beeps, do a 10 minute NPR. This means let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the pressure manually.
  • Open the lid and add the lime juice. Mix well.
    Curried Masala oatmeal cooked in the instant pot garnished with cilantro
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves and enjoy with a dollop of yogurt.
    Masala oats with veggies and spices in a bowl along with yogurt

Stovetop Method

  • To make this recipe on stovetop, I recommend to use rolled oats.  For every cup of rolled oats, add 2 cups of water.
  • Follow the above steps for cooking the masala oats on the stovetop in a large pan. But, after adding the oats and water, cook them covered for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat or till they have cooked completely and reached the desired consistency.

Video

Notes

Quick cooking steel-cut oats: If you have quick cooking oats, then you can reduce the pressure cooking time to 5 minutes. 
Variations: 
  • Oats Upma – To make this more like Upma, add curry leaves and mustard seeds along with cumin seeds at the start. 
  • Adding nuts – Cashews are a great addition to these savory masala oats. You can add cashews along with the cumin seeds, so they are sautéed in oil before being cooked. If you have roasted cashews or other nuts, you can add them at the end as garnish. 
Lunch or Dinner: This savory oatmeal is great even for lunch or dinner! 

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 674mgPotassium: 305mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 4850IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. I used stovetop method since I only have rolled oats, but this was delicious!! My husband loves to get Masala oats packets from the Indian store, but when I looked at the Sodium content on the packet, I knew I had to try making it from scratch instead. This is the perfect recipe to mirror those!

  2. I dislike sweets for breakfast, so this was a wonderful change! It is great to have breakfast made for the week. It is flavorful, a little spicy, and full of delicious veggies. Love it!!

    1. Hi Abha – I would suggest to reheat these masala oats in the microwave. You can store in small portions in air tight containers in the refrigerator, so it is easier to reheat each day.

  3. Love love love this recipe! I cook this for breakfast and it lasts us almost the entire week. I alternate garnishing with roasted pepitas / pumpkin seeds, yogurt, cilantro and avocado. It tastes so good! Thanks for this great recipe!

  4. I tried it and it tastes great! Thanks for sharing all these IP recipes. You are my go to IP recipes blog.