Oats Upma ~ How to make Oats Vegetable Upma | South Indian Breakfast Thali | Andhra Thali

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When I was done with all my lunch thalis and was really happy with the way it turned, the next thing that came to mind was the fact that I still had to do another thali. Obviously, I wanted to do a Breakfast thali. Given the fact that I love my previous Breakfast thalis, I really wanted to go ahead with making another Breakfast thali.

Having exhausted the regular dishes that are part of a typical Breakfast thali, I was really confused thinking about what I should plan for. When I was talking to Vaishali, I came to know that there is no such thing as breakfast dishes that get clubbed together. I was again told the same thing by a colleague of mine. I in fact asked her to think hard on what she gets to eat when she visits her native place in Rajasthan. Though they get fed too much, there was hardly a combination that was clubbed together.

Oats Upma ~ Breakfast Thali
Breakfast Thali ~ Oats Upma, Pesarattu, Allam Pachadi, Groundnut Chutney & Paneer Payasam

When you talk about a South Indian Breakfast Thali, you will be served Idli, Dosa, Vada, Sambar and different varieties of Chutneys like Coconut Chutney, Tomato Chutney, Coriander Chutney, Onion chutney. In a hotel en route to Tindivanam, there is a hotel that serves breakfast combo, where you get a Podi Dosa, 2 idlis, a cup of Ven Pongal, Vada, and a cup of Sweet, plus they have different types of Spice powders that tastes awesome. Of course, all of these will be served in small quantities.

Other than the hotels that serve your breakfast combos, in most Tamilian weddings if the muhurtham is during the early hours of the day, the feast is always breakfast and it’s a feast for the eyes. In recent wedding we attended, we were thrown in for a shock! It’s been months since we stopped eating full-fledged breakfast and imagine being thrust with about 7 – 8 different dishes!

Oats Vegetable Upma
Oats Vegetable Upma

First they served Semiya Payasam, Meddu Vada, Idli with Sambar and three chutneys. Then followed Poori Kalangu, then Ven Pongal, followed by Podi Dosa, then Rava Upma, followed by Kesari. Finally Filter coffee came. We were floored, infact none of the dishes were eaten properly. Every single item was prepared so well but it’s not possible to eat all the dishes completely.

One can do this when there are guests at home and you don’t know how much to make. Making a couple of dishes ensures you have enough to manage. This is what I do whenever my SILs visit us. Kesari Bath is a must, so it accompanies either Idli, Vada Dosa with Sambar and chutneys or Ven Pongal, Rava Upma with the same side dishes. I know it’s a taxing affair, but worth all the efforts. Because my relatives feel the breakfast they get here in madras, they can’t get at their place.

This prompted me to ask Amma to suggest some Andhra combo breakfasts. She was contemplating for a while as to what to make. We thought of Pesarattu Upma with Allam Pachadi. I was only thinking aloud and didn’t really think she will plan for it. As I have already shared both the recipes. She calls up in the morning and tells me that she has ground the batter for Pesarattu. Now I was really in a soup, wondering what else to pair with it. We then search for a different Allam Pachadi and few more things to add.

The neck of the moment, we realized that we could make Oats Upma, along with the regular Groundnut Chutney, in case the Allam Pachadi didn’t meet up to our expectations. Finally, for the sweet, Amma suggested I make Paneer Payasam. I know Paneer Payasam is not a regular on an Andhra special plate, but then I was ready for fusion.

Daddy seeing the spread, said he should have been served this on Sunday for him to enjoy or at least for Dinner. I convinced him saying for clicking pictures morning was the best time.

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Oats Vegetable Upma

Ingredients Needed:

Breakfast Oats – 1 cup
Onions – 1 medium
Green Chilies – 2 medium
Ginger – 1″, chopped
Curry leaves
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Channa Dal – 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts – few
Mixed Vegetables – 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
Water – 1 cup

How to make Oats Vegetable Upma
In a nonstick pan, dry roast the oats for couple minutes on high. Remove and keep it aside.
In the same pan, heat oil add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, slit green chilies, cashew nuts, saute well.
Then add boiled cooked vegetables and saute for a couple of minutes. Add 1 cup of water, salt and bring to boil. When the water starts to boil, add the roasted oats and mix well.
Simmer and cover with a lid and cook for a min. Since the oats is already roasted, hardly takes time to cook.


This is a Vegan Friendly and Diabetes Friendly Dish. Since we always have boiled beans and carrots, adding to this was very simple and the whole dish took just about 5 -7 mins to get done. Of course, provided you have the vegetables boiled.

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Oats Upma ~ How to make Oats Vegetable Upma | South Indian Breakfast Thali | Andhra Thali

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
Dish Type Upma Varieties
Author Srivalli
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  1. The breakfast Thaali has been book marked…we have different combos like I told you..but a thaali would be great to serve.It really looks inviting!!..will surely try to cook this in the next thaali event:)))

  2. I recently discovered that upma and pesarattu is very good combo when I visited a friend for breakfast during my last visit to India. You made this combo healthier by making oats upma. Paneer Payasam is new to me.

  3. Valli we can call this as a healthy breakfast thali paneer payasam sounds yumm and I am abig fan of pesarattu and allam pachadi but not with upma your break fast thali looks so inviting.

  4. loved that Valli. I too make Oats upma similarly.. When I looked at pesarattu, I was also expecting normal suji upma to make it MLA pesarattu right? 🙂

  5. Though wanted to try oats, did not know how to start. this looks like a yummy preparation.. Also love the Thali.. Healthy breakfast!!

  6. here in hyderabad this kind of pesarottu filled with upma inside is very famous and goes by the name of MLA pesarottu… i absolutely love it coz i love upma, oats upma only makes it so much more healthier… lovely thali

  7. Wat a best way to start a day, unfortunately our everyday breakfast are quite often the cereals, love to be in India,healthy oats upma looks fabulous..

  8. I love the breakfasts served at weddings. A wedding I went to recently was just like the one you've mentioned in this post…..there was so much to eat that I skipped lunch.

  9. I don't like oats so can't comment on that.. But i love the platter! True its been long time since we hardly make such an elaborate breakfast thali's at home!

  10. Isn't this what they call "MLA Andhra Pessarattu"….its looking absolutely delicious and healthy. Please do share the recipe for paneer payasam, I'm hearing it for the first time and I'm totally intrigued.

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