Cook's Hideout: Oats Khichdi (Oats-Lentil Porridge)

October 17, 2015

Oats Khichdi (Oats-Lentil Porridge)

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Kid's Delight -- Cooking with Whole grains
Dish: Oats Khichdi
We are starting a new week of blogging marathon and my theme for theme this week is 'Kid's Delight -- Cooking with Whole grains' being hosted by lovely Kalyani @ the sizzling tastebuds. Kid's Delight event is a brainchild of Valli.
Khichdi with Oats
Coming up with kid approved whole grain dishes was not easy as I thought it would be. My kids are a little picky and I have blogged about most of the whole grain dishes that they eat. So coming up with new ones was a good exercise for the brain. I cook/ bake with brown rice, quinoa, wholewheat flour etc., and they eat most of what I serve.

Khichdi with Oats
Idea for this Oats khichdi came from a Telugu cooking show. In the original recipe, the chef used mixed greens in the dish, but I have tried variations with mixed vegetables, just corn, tomato. I was surprised that my picky son came back for seconds whenever I make this dish. So it is a big hit in my house. Serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
IngredientsServes 2~3
Oats - 1cup
Masoor Dal (red lentil) or Moong dal - ½cup
Ginger - 1" piece, chopped
Veggies of choice - 1cup (potatoes, corn, carrot, green beans, green peas, spinach, methi, tomato etc)
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Green Chilies - 2, slit
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Asafoetida - ¼tsp
Curry leaves - 8~10
Salt & Pepper - to taste

  • Cook dal (either masoor or moong) until mushy and keep ready.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil/ ghee in a large pan, add cumin seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Once the seeds change color, add ginger, green chilies and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the veggies and saute till tender, about 8~10 minutes depending on the veggies used. Par cooking the veggies in the microwave is a great option to expedite the cooking process.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, add 1½cups of water and bring to a boil (add more water if you want a soupy khichdi). Add the oats, lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer the khichdi until oats are cooked, about 6~8 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked dal, turmeric, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add some water if the mixture looks too thick. Serve warm with a dollop of ghee on top.
Khichdi with Oats


Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 57.


  1. As you mentioned, I can have it for any meal of the day. Nice to know your picky eater at home comes back for second serving whenever you make it.

  2. I have never used oats in Indian recipes. This recipe sounds yummy.

  3. Pavani, I rarely prefer eating kichidi ....but you've made it so healthy and wholesome and the pictures are just so tempting. I want to make it as soon as possible. Jayanthi(sizzlingveggies)

  4. My daughter love savory oats dishes and I think she will love this khichdi.It looks so delicious.Bookmarked.

  5. This one is very much appreciated by my kids as well. I tend to add more grains and dals in there :).

  6. I have not been able to wrap my brain around savory oats but it looks so good

  7. That's a hearty kids meal....yummy too

  8. You have made a wholesome meal there, Pavani and you are lucky that your kids eat it. My daughter disappears when she hears the words khichdi or pongal. :)

  9. Such a fibre rich pongal, love it to the core.

  10. Healthy and wholesome meal here.

  11. Amazing that your kids loved this dish, so wonderful to make such variety for them right..


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