Instant Oats Uttapam

Instant Oats Uttapam

So we have been trying to eat healthy for some time now. I hadn’t realized how hard it is to eat healthily. First, you have to buy all the groceries and that costs a ton! And second, though a salad is simple to make, the chopping takes up all the time! And third, when you have a salad your stomach shouts for some fat. And finally, it’s just so EXPENSIVE! So VJ and I decided that the best way is to not quit carbs cold turkey but to make it a slow process. So now we have started eating a lot of rotis.

But making roti’s is so tiring for me, especially with a crawling infant. So VJ said let’s eat rice twice in a week and rotate other non-rice options around. So sometimes we have dosa, sometimes we have idli, sometimes we have pesarattu and then sometimes like a few days earlier, when I had no veggies in the fridge, and didn’t want to eat rice, I made the one thing VJ never expected – something with Oats. I bought this huge box of Quaker Oats when my parents were visiting as they eat them for breakfast at least twice in a week. But when they were here, they didn’t have them and instead had fruits because that was what we have every morning.

So now, I was left with this huuuuggggeee box of Oats, that no one in our house ate. Vijay sometimes made himself oatmeal in the weekend but that was about it. So I decided to make something with it for myself too. I wanted to make it for breakfast but ended up making it for dinner. I just made a little, as it was very late and it was instant. VJ loved it but said he wouldn’t prefer it for dinner as it was very heavy. So here’s the simplest, laziest and probably the healthiest recipe in my book.



Quaker Oats – 1 cup ground into powder (the powder needn’t be fine, it can be crunchy)

Rice Flour – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 small one thinly chopped

Green Chillies – 2 thinly chopped

Ginger Paste – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

Coriander – 1 tablespoon (optional)

Salt – As required

Water – 2 cups (or more to make a batter like consistency)

Oil – 1 teaspoon

How to make

Step 1: In a bowl, take the powdered oats, rice flour, onion, green chilies, ginger paste, red chilli powder and salt and give it a quick mix. Add the water slowly and make it into a batter. Add in the coriander leaves and mix it again. Let this batter sit for 10 minutes before making it.

Step 2: Heat your tawa, once it’s hot, add 2 tablespoons of batter on it and lightly spread around. Add a few drops of oil around the batter.

Step 3: Once it’s cooked flip it around carefully and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Once it’s done, serve it on a plate.

Step 4: EAT UP!!! This is probably the easiest recipe I have ever made till date and took a total of 20 minutes to make it and eat it. I served this plain as it onions and green chillies and was spicy too. But you can probably serve it with some chutney or even ketchup.


  1. You can add tomatoes, grated carrot, chopped beans and even bell peppers to the batter, but as I mentioned earlier, my pantry was empty so I made with only onions.
  2. You needn’t make it into a powder if you don’t mind the chunky oat bits.
  3. It’s a breakfast/brunch item, but I made it for dinner and we were full after just one.
  4. You can totally skip adding the oil when making the uttapam if you are using a non-stick tawa.


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