Cook's Hideout: Lemon Oats (Oats Nimmakaya Pulihora)

November 11, 2014

Lemon Oats (Oats Nimmakaya Pulihora)

Blogging Marathon# 46: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Lemon/ Lime Recipes
Dish: Lemon Oats/ Oats Nimmakaya Pulihora
For the 'Lemon/ Lime recipes' theme, I have a very simple and healthy dish with oats today. My husband is not a big fan of oats or may be I should he doesn't like oats cooked in any way. But I like oats, both in savory & sweet preparations like this breakfast oats or this vegetable oats. I usually make these dishes for myself when my husband is traveling :-)
Lemon Oats (Oats Nimmakaya Pulihora)
Today's recipe is a healthier alternate to Lemon rice/ Nimmakaya Pulihora. I can eat these lemon flavored oats any time of the day -- filling breakfast or light lunch/ dinner. My peanut loving 2 year old loved it too.

Lemon Oats (Oats Nimmakaya Pulihora)Ingredients:
Oats - 1cup
Lemon juice - 2tbsp
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Salt - to taste

For tempering:
Chana dal - 2tsp
Urad dal - 2tsp
Peanuts - 1tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chilies - 2
Ginger - 1tsp finely grated (from about ½" piece)
Green Chilies - 2~4 (adjust as per taste preference)
Asafoetida/ Hing - ¼tsp
Curry leaves - 8~10

  • Dry roast oats until lightly browned, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add chana dal, urad dal and peanuts. Once the dals start to get golden, add mustard seeds, dry red chilies, ginger, asafoetida and curry leaves. Saute till mustard seeds start to splutter.
  • Add turmeric and pour 1½cups of water. Bring the water to a boil, season with salt and stir in the roasted oats. Lower the heat to simmer, cover and cook till all the water is absorbed.
  • Remove the lid and cook for 2~3 minutes to evaporate any water that is left. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot.
Lemon Oats (Oats Nimmakaya Pulihora)
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 46.


  1. My husband also does not likes oats when cooked. He likes it as is for breakfast, but not in any cooked dishes. I am drooling looking at the pictures and this is such a quick dish to make.

  2. What a nice idea using oats in place of rice? I love lemon rice. This sounds like a nice variation.

  3. I think we all have a set of recipes which we make for ourselves. .and I think this is a real good ood one.

  4. I tried upma with oats but some how I didn't like that now going to try this. when we get bored with every day cereal can make like this nice one...

  5. Wat a healthy oats, its been a while i had oats for lunch.. Adding lemon makes this dish more interesting.

  6. Great pulihora.. I wouldn't have thought of using oats in pulihora. amazing idea

  7. Never really tried lemon pats, so innovative.

  8. loved all your healthy version using lemon in the recipe.. such an tempting and irresistible dish !!

  9. What and healthy and tasty recipe..couldn't take my eyes off the pictures, Looks so beautiful!!

  10. Wow its good to see you make yourself such interesting ones and not diet when your hubby is out of town...:).I might mostly end up eating the nice version with oats..

  11. Love this version. I make upma but I guess this is just as tempting!

  12. I still can't wrap my head around savory oats preparations but I am sure it was just as flavorful and delicious as the lemon rice version

  13. Wow!I have one more recipe to try with you. Looks yumm


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