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a round bowl filled with Instant Pot Oats & Vegetable Upma and a spoon in it

Oats & Vegetable Upma | Porridge

Oats & Vegetable Upma is a nourishing and healthy Indian breakfast recipe, made in an Instant Pot. Loaded with veggies, this soft oats Upma is very delicious.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes




  • Finely chop the onions, green chillies and cilantro. Set aside.
    You can also coarsely chop the Pistachios and Cashews or just add them whole.

Cook process

  • Turn on the Instant Pot in saute mode. Add ghee to the Instant pot.  
  • Once the ghee melts, add mustard seeds to the ghee. Once the mustard seeds begin to pop, add curry leaves, Urad Dal, Chana Dal, pistachios, cashews and Cumin seeds to the mix.  Fry for 15-20 seconds.
  • Next add ginger paste, minced green chillies and chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Now add the veggie mix. Cook for another couple of minutes. Then add the turmeric powder and paprika. 
  • Mix well and add Himalayan salt, steel cut oats and water. Turn off the saute mode and close the lid. 
  • Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Release the pressure naturally and then open the Instant Pot. (Please refer to your Instant Pot manual on how to do this)
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, mix and serve hot with some ketchup on the side. 
  • You can also prepare this Upma on the cooktop by following the same steps.


Oats and water ratio should be 1:3, i.e 1 cup oats and 3 cups water.
Ginger paste, White Urad Dal and Chana Dal can be purchased at your local Indian Store.