Vegetable Masala Oats/ Savory Oats Porridge


Blogging Marathon #41: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Iron Rich Recipes for Kids
Dish: Vegetable Masala Oats/ Savory Oats Porridge

For the second week of Blogging Marathon I have picked the theme of “Iron rich Recipes for Kids”. This is a very interesting and challenging recipe, and while thinking about what to make, I decided to make 3 recipes that would constitute meals for a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. So, today’s recipe is an iron rich breakfast: ‘Vegetable Masala Oats’. Oats by itself is not rich in iron, however most oats sold in the market such as Quakers are fortified with Iron. Per my box, a 1/2 cup serving of fortified oatmeal, prepared with water would give you 5 mg of iron. That is a pretty good amount to start your day with. Another added benefit is oat along with the vegetables fills in the fiber and other essential vitamins – making this a complete and nutritious way to start the day.


Sending this to Kids Delight – Iron Rich Recipes event hosted by Kalyani, event series by Valli.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#41

Nowadays, there are masala oats sold on the market, but it is very easy to make, and you can control the taste and the nutrition. I make a simple vegetable broth – kind of like a soup in bulk, and then use it to make hot vegetable masala oats everyday in the microwave or stove top depending on the time at hand. I have used vegetables at hand and whatever suits our taste, feel free to adjust to suit your kids.


1 cup of rolled oats(I have used Quaker which is fortified with iron)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
1 cup of chopped mixed vegetables such as carrot, peas, cauliflower, beans, cabbage, tomatoes
1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp fennel powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp broth powder or powdered bouillon cubes
salt to taste

Place the 2 1/2 cups of water along with chopped onion, ginger, garlic and vegetables, cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Alternatively you can pressure cook the veggies for one whistle. Add all the spice powders as listed and the rolled oats. Continue to cook until the oats is creamy and mushy. You can do this step either on the stove top or on the microwave. If using in the microwave, make sure you get twice the amount of vegetable broth for one measure of oats. Serve hot for a comforting breakfast.


Verdict: I really like having something savory for breakfast and this one is creamy and comforting to have. I love how the broth could be made ahead of time(if making ahead add all the spice powders to the broth itself and simmer), and used to make hot oatmeal everyday without the sweet sugary stuff in a packet. A very wholesome and nutritious breakfast.

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  1. I love eating oats for breakfast and your version looks so colorful and nutritious. A very filling and healthy way to start any day.

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