Sunday, January 6, 2013

Oats Upma (Rulau)

He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything - Arabian Proverb
Happiness lies, first of all, in health - George William Curtis

So here's wishing you all Health and Happiness in this New Year 2013.
I also take this opportunity to Thank You all for your support in making this blog a success.

And what better way to start the day than with an easy, tasty and a healthy breakfast.
“Rulau” is the Konkani word for “upma” (its a breakfast dish made from semolina). Here I have substituted oats for semolina and the result was excellent (my spouse endorses it too).

 Oats Upma 15


1 cup
Onion (chopped)
1 small
Tomato (chopped)
1 small
Green chilly (sliced)
1 or as per taste
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Curry leaves
1 sprig
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Green Peas (frozen)
¼ cup
Cashew nuts (halved)
8-10 pcs
1 tbsp
2 cups
As per taste
Lime juice
1 tsp
Coriander leaves
1-2 tbsp (chopped)


Step 1
  1. Keep all the ingredients ready.
  2. Heat a pan – preferably a non-stick one. In it add oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  3. As soon as the mustard seeds start spluttering, lower the flame and add the cashew nut (halved) pieces, green chilies (sliced or chopped), chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, and turmeric powder. Saute the mixture till the onions turn translucent.
  4. Add the frozen green peas, water and salt. Mix well. Increase the flame and let it boil till the peas are cooked. Then lower the flame.
  5. Now add oats little by little into it and keep stirring (to prevent any lumps being formed) till all the required oats have been added.
  6. Then cover it with a lid for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from flame.
  7. Add lime juice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Serve hot.

Step 2
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Step 5

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Serving suggestion:
  • Keep aside a tbsp of chopped coriander leaves.
  • Smear a small steel vessel (vati) with oil. In it sprinkle a few chopped coriander leaves and cover this with the upma (just prepared) and press gently and overturn the vessel onto a serving plate. It will slide easily.
You can use any vegetables like carrot, beans, capsicum etc. (frozen or fresh) of your choice OR you can even omit the vegetables all together. The choice is yours.


  1. Super inviting and healthy breakfast. Luv it.

    I am your new follower.

    Happy New Year.

  2. The Upma looks good. We get these Safola Masala Oats. I think it should taste similar if veggies are added to it.

  3. Great Rulau recipe. Definitely going to try it. I love oats but the porridge was beginning to bore me. I think this will anyday be better than the readymade packets. Did you dry roast the oats first or just used them as it is?

    1. No Sangeetha. I did not dry roast the oats. I used them as it is and I used Quaker Oats.

  4. I can a whole plate of this healthy and droolworthy upma,one of my favourite.