Baked Oats Upma

When I saw #BakedOats going viral on Instagram and TikTok, I knew I had to try this trend. While everyone made gooey chocolate brownies and cakes, I wanted to try something savory. I make Upma for breakfast every week, either with semolina or oats. Baked version tasted exactly like a stove top version and I loved the fact that I was able to do other things while it was getting baked in the oven. I made the tadka, mixed everything and left it in the oven while I did some chores and it was ready in 30 minutes. It is hearty and tastes delicious and definitely worth trying.
You can use oil to make it completely vegan and skip ginger and onions to make it jain.
I used steel cut oats and you can cut the baking time in 1/2 if its soaked overnight in water.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

Tadka

  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1/4 tsp chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3-4 raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon onions
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp green chillies chopped
  • 6-8 curry leaves

Oatmeal mixture

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • salt as needed 1/2 tsp
  • 320 ml water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp thin sev
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro

Instructions
 

Tadka

  • Heat oil or ghee in a deep pan on medium heat, add chana dal, mustard seeds, raw cashews, green chilies, chopped ginger, chopped onions and curry leaves and mix it well and let everything cook for few minutes. Turn off the heat
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a bowl mix the oatmeal, water, add salt sugar, lime juice and add the tadka, mix it well and pour the mixture into ramekins
  • Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for 30 minutes in an oven
  • Once the water is absorbed and oats are completely cooked, remove it from oven
  • Sprinkle cilantro and thin sev on the Upma and serve hot
Keyword baked