Sunday, February 6, 2011

Oats Upma kozhakattai

Upma kozhakkatai is a very traditional south Indian item. It's made with coarsely ground raw rice, cumin and toordal which are seasones and steamed. I seen only brahmins making this type, but I may be wrong too!

Instead if using rice I used oats and I was very pleased that I did. It tasted pretty good with chutney, lemon pickle, as breakfast.

Get ready:

  • 1 cup oats (I used quick cooking oats)
  • 2 tbsp. toor dal
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 tbsp. channa dal
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1/2 red chilli torn into 2 pieces
  • 2 tbsp. grated coconut
  • salt to taste
  • A few curry leaves
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. urad dal


  • In a pan, dry roast the oats till they are slightly pink.
  • Soak the channa dal with water to cover it for 15-20 minutes and drain the water, set aside.
  • In a blender, grind the cumin seeds and toor dal coarsely.
  • Add the roasted oats  to the cumin, toor dal and whiz for a few seconds till the oats are coarse like a rawa.
  • In a pan, add oil and do the tadka with mustard seeds, urad dal, red and green chilli, curry leaves and hing.
  • Add 2/3 th cup of water, 2 tbsp coconut, soaked channa dal salt to taste and let it come to a boil.
  • reduce heat, add the oats, mixture and mix without any lumps.
  • Cook, stirring continously till the mix leaves the sides in about 3- 5 mins.
  • Turn the heat off and let it cool for 5- 10 mins.
  • Make them in to lttile/ medium sized dumplings, by shaping them in your palm and fingers. use a little water to coat your hands and that will help.
  • In a greased idli stand, steam these kozhakkatai's for 15 mins.

Serve hot with chutney, pickle, sambhar. I like mine with jaggery and a drop of ghee!


  1. Priya this is quite an interesting idea of using oats to our daily diet. Looks nice !


  2. Nutritious and healthy kozhukattais, healthy dish to enjoy without any guilt..

  3. Looks very inviting, perfect healthy breakfast.

  4. Great.Thats was a great thought to replace rice to oats. Looks amazing!

  5. Healthy breakfast,too gud idea of using oats...

  6. Very healthy and tasty looking breakfast. Looks great.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Such a great idea to include oat in our diet, looks yummy!

  8. super -- healthy & very very delicious looking !

  9. Healthy and yummy breakfast,looks great dear.

  10. wow, I cannot get over how yummy they look, superb dear.


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