Oats and Poha/Avalakki/Beaten rice – Upma/Spicy porridge

Oats Poha Upma2


Savory oats, wheat porridge in breakfast to start our mornings healthy and wholesome! It should have a good balance of nutrients and a healthy dose of protein.

I’vemade this morning breakfast with half Oats and half rice flakes.

Health Benefits:

Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease. Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Flattened rice contains no cholesterol and saturated fat at all. Also, the sodium content is very less and thus the calories in the beaten rice are not harmful. Moreover, it contains nutrients like iron, vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium too.

Yields-3-4 servings
Preparation time-10 minutes
Waiting time-15 minutes
Cooking time-20 minutes


  • Oats-1cup
  • Poha/ beaten rice /avalakki-1cup
  • Water-1/2-3/4cup
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped carrot-1/2cup
  • Frozen peas/broad beans-1/2cup
  • Slit green chillies-2-3
  • Curry leaves-2sprigs
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Channa dal/split chickpeas-2tsp
  • Urad dal-1tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Turmeric-a generous pinch
  • Oil-2tsp
  • Salt and lemon juice- to taste
  • Chopped cilantro/coriander-for garnishing


Preparation step:

  • Dry roast oats for 3-4minutes/until slightly golden in colour and set aside.
  • Put beaten rice in a food processor and whiz once or twice to coarsely crush (make sure not to whiz more as it turns to powder).
  • Wash the beaten rice/avalakki couple of times, drain off the water and allow the rice to absorb water retained during washing. (it should swell and soften in 10-15 minutes.

For Upma/Porridge:

  • Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, as it splutters add cumin seeds, urad, channa dal and saute for few seconds.
  • Add curry leaves, split chillies, onion and saute for a minute or two.
  • Now add carrots, peas/broad beans, salt, turmeric and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 3/4cup water and let it come to boil.
  • Add oats and cook for 2-3 minutes/until water evaporates.
  • Now add softened beaten rice mix gently and cook on a low flame until heated through.
  • Turn off the flame, squeeze lemon juice.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves

Oats Poha Upma3

  • Serve hot with Riata/yogurt dips.


  • I used regular rolled oats, as oats absorbs water faster so make sure to cook on a medium flame.
  • Extra water can be added to adjust the consistency.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on June 26, 2015, in Breakfast, Indian, Main dish and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. healthy, tasty and my favorite one dear 🙂

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    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  3. I love poha…. It is so versatile and light. This up a looks delicious and the oats only make it healthier.

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  4. krish recipes

    nice recipe for breakfast. Oats if mixed with indian spices is really tasty

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  5. I’m not a big fan of porridge but this looks delicious. Thanks!

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  6. I love oats upma. Thanks for your recipe.

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  7. I love that pepper dish your recipe is in!!!

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