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August 7, 2013


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instant oats pongal

Oats pongal is Sendhil's most favourite oats recipes.I have been making this for long time but somehow I din’t post here. He says this is the best among all the oats recipes. I make this at least once in a week. Sometimes I pack this  pongal for his breakfast when he leaves early from home. It stays soft for hours.

 As I make in pressure cooker, I would say this is the easiest and healthy one pot breakfast recipe. But make sure u add lesser salt than the usual quantity because oats needs lesser salt than rice, adding more makes the dish salty.

1 cup - 240ml
  • Quick Oats – 1 cup ( I  have used Horlicks/ Kelloggs oats)
  • Moong dal – 1/3 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – As needed
  • Water – 2.5 – 3 cups
To temper
  • Oil / ghee – 2 tsp
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1.5 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece (chop finely)
  • Green chilli – 1 no (slit)
  • Hing- 2 pinches
Ghee – 1 tsp ( to add in the end)

  • In a pressure cooker base, heat 2 tsp of oil or ghee and add the pepper corns. After it starts to splutter, add jeera, green chillies, ginger & curry leaves. Saute everything for a second.
  • Then add the moong dal and roast it for a minute.Keep the flame low to avoid burning of spices & dal.
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  • Add 2.5 –3 cups of water, Hing, turmeric powder & salt. After it starts to boil, add the oats. Mix well and close the cooker with the lid. Cook it for 1 whistle in low flame.
  • Switch off the flame, Open the cooker after the steam is released. U’ll see a layer of water on top of pongal.
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  • Again switch on the flame & mix the pongal well till all the water is absorbed. Add a tsp of ghee and switch off the flame.
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Serve hot !!

  • U can make pongal in kadai too but u have to pressure cook the dal separately and add to the oats. I feel the above method easy for me to make everything in pressure cooker.
  • Please adjust the water quantity as per the consistency you need. I always add 1:3 oats & water ratio as my husband likes it mushy and wet.
  • Addition of turmeric powder is optional. I usually add it to differentiate between rice & oats pongal :)
oats pongal - spoon

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Mahi said...

I never cooked oats in pressure cooker! But...even rolled oats gets cooked in a few minutes, so I cook the dal separate and make the pongal. Shall try your version next time and see the difference! :)

Chitra said...

Try this version mahi.All the flavour gets incorporated into oats..Hope u'll like it.. :)

Lifewithspices said...

wow u made tis in a pressure cooker looks awesome..

Sona said...

This oats pongal looks so delicious and inviting. Have to try this sometime.

Unknown said...

delicious pongal akka

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Healthy pongal

Unknown said...

Nice try....Looks yummy!!!!!


Rumana Rawat said...

I have thought of making pongal in oats.. Must try..

Akila said...

So healthy n tempting clicks... Going to try this week

great-secret-of-life said...

so healthy and love the texture of it

Happy’s Cook said...

Until now I was making Idly only with oats...Will try this soon... tempting...

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

love the flavors!!!

Unknown said...

wow innovative idea to add oats into pongal.....luv it...beautiful clicks...
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Menaga Sathia said...

Love the last shot n healthy pongal!!

Priya Anandakumar said...

very delicious and healthy pongal

Vimitha Durai said...

Very healthy pongal

Sangeetha Priya said...

delicious n healthy pongal...

Unknown said...

one of the most healthy recipe :) looks yummy and delicious dear :)

Gajus kitchen said...

Healthy oats pongal and i have never tried cooking oats in cooker..looks yummy

Priya Suresh said...

Love this fibre rich pongal very much,my favourite.

divya said...

Tempting and flavorful,clicks are beautiful.

Divya Shivaraman said...

loving this recipe dear...are rolled oats fine for this

Chitra said...

Hope so. As this is made in pressure cooker , rolled oats will be cooker well i guess :) Please let me know if u try.

Vaasiyogi said...

very tasty and healthy oats pongal. Thanks for your recipe.

Vaasiyogi said...


Very tasty and healthy oats pongal, we like very much. Thanks for your recipe.

Shekhar J

Unknown said...

Healthy and tasty pongal!

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying :) Glad u liked it :)