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Oats Pongal – World Diabetes Day

This Oats Pongal is an excellent healthy alternative to the traditional pongal that is made predominantly with rice. Add whole moong or the split moong with the skin on, makes the pongal so earthy and delicious that you would never go back to the regular pongal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch Box Recipes
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Diet: Diabetic
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 210kcal


  • pan


  • 1 cup Rolled oats Quick-cooking variety
  • ½ cup Split moong dal With skin
  • 2 teaspoon Peppercorns/milagu
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds/jeeragam
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafetida
  • few Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Grated
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt


  • In a pan dry roast the oats for 4-5 minutes until aromatic. Keep it aside.
  • In the same pan roast the moong dal for few minutes until it starts to change color.
  • Wash well and cook in adequate water until it is soft and mushy.
  • In a spice grinder, coarsely grind 1 ½ teaspoon of pepper and 1 ½ teaspoon of cumin and keep it aside.
  • In a wide pan, add the oil and heat it. Season with the remaining pepper, cumin, asafetida, curry leaves and ginger. Fry them well. Now add the ground pepper-cumin powder and fry for a minute.
  • Heat about 2 cups of water to the pan and let it come to a boil. Add the turmeric powder and salt required to the dish.
  • Add the cooked moong dal and the oats to the boiling water and mix well.
  • Simmer and cover with a lid. Let the Oats Pongal cook for about 5 minutes.
  • At the end of 5 minutes, you will notice that the oats has cooked. If not cook for 2 more minutes. Adjust the consistency of the pongal to your liking. I like my Oats Pongal a little bit on the runny side and hence I end up adding half a cup more water.
  • Serve the Oats Pongal hot with gothsu or sambhar!


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 3mg