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oats for dinner

Oats for dinner

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine global vegetarian
Servings 2 people


  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • 8-10 green beans finely sliced
  • 1 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  • 100 grams paneer cubed
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp chia seeds or sesame seeds
  • 4 Cherry tomatoes halved


  • To prepare these bowls of oats for dinner, start by lightly toast the oats in a frying pan for about 4 minutes, on a medium flame until fragrant. Remove into a dish and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, heat 2 tsp coconut oil and add all the tempering ingredients - mustard seeds, urad dal, chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry for 1-2 minutes on medium flame until urad dal turns golden brown.
  • To this, add all the vegetables except tomatoes and stir on high flame for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and fry for another minute or so.
  • Pour in 3 cups water with remaining 1/2 tsp salt and bring this to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce flame and simmer for 3-4 minutes until vegetables are nearly cooked.
  • At this point, add the toasted oats, give it a stir to break any lumps, keep the flame on medium to low and cover it with the lid.
  • Let this cook for 5 minutes until the oats is cooked and creamy. Divide between two bowls.
  • In a small pan, heat 1/2 tsp coconut oil and pan fry the cubes of paneer or tofu until golden on all aside. Remove and divide between the two bowls of oats.
  • Sprinkle the seeds over the prepared oats. Serve hot.


  • Instead of the toppings, serve with a cup of yogurt to make a complete meal.
  • These bowls of oats for dinner are best eaten hot. They don't taste good cold.
  • You can get this ready even faster if you use one and half cups of frozen chopped mixed vegetables instead of the ones mentioned.