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Oatmeal Seera Recipe

Oatmeal Seera Recipe

This is a recipe I created a few years ago when I was pregnant. I was looking for a nutritious, fiber filled and protein packed breakfast which would not add too many calories to my diet. It's a great replacement for heavy seeras in the morning as it offers the same flavors but at the cost of fewer calories. The thickness and creaminess of cooked oats is a great substitute for big spoonfuls of ghee that we use in traditional seeras. Adjust the quantity of the jaggery according to your taste and how sweet you like your breakfast. Btw, don't tell anyone it's low in fat! And another thing, you HAVE to eat it when it's fresh piping hot off the stove. It's a great recipe for anyone who already likes oats, like seeras or is looking for a way to introduce the family to a heart healthy, cholesterol reducing grain.

Here we go....

By Bharti


  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups low fat milk (or skim milk)
  • 1.5 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2-3/4 cup crushed jaggery (gur) ( Use brown sugar if gur is not available to you)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or 2 crushed cardamom pods (elaichi)
  • 2 pinches saffron (kesar)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter (optional)
  • Garnish: chopped almonds & pistachios


Bring the milk & water to a boil in a heavy based pot. Add the cardamom powder, saffron & oats. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes & then add the jaggery. Cook for another 2 minutes until the jaggery has melted and the whole thing comes together. If it's too thin, cook a little more, if too thick, add a little water to loosen it up. If you wish you can add the ghee or butter at this point. Garnish with the chopped nuts & serve.

Serves: 2-3 adults