Oats bagalabath – Maharashtrian cuisine

oats bagalabath
Many a times when using oats I have heard people say I don’t like to cooked sticky porridge. .so I don’t use it.On the contrary to this thought, I would say learn to substitute instead of rice or wheat in tryout regular diet. One such major change I do is an easy one.  A simple essential curd rice where you can easily  substitute the rice with millet or oats.
Now, with a fancier name  “bagalabath” borrowed from the maharashtrian platter  the humble yogurt and oats transform into a sought out dish from my kitchen.. I like it too.  Somehow the addition of grapes or pomegranates brings in a sweeter element to the otherwise simple combination.

Why oats?

I am sure by now… By every alternate hour of advertisements our children also subconsciously register… We all know this is heart healthy because it has fibre. Let’s look for some more…

  • Oats was predominantly  cultivated as fodder. For livestock.
  •  It is low in calories
  • Oats is gluten free if processed in factories that do not process wheat. Watch out for avenin  sensitivity though.
  • This grain boost the growth of beneficial bifidobacteria  in the intestines.
  • It  doesn’t leave much room for craving as it swells up.. Yes, because of the fibers in it
  • The balance between fiber and complex carbs helps slow release of sugar and hence useful for diabetics
  • It contributes to beauty by supplementing the daily requirement of biotin for great looking nails and beautiful hair.
  • The beta glucan helps reduction of cholesterol

How  do I use oats in Indian cuisine?

  • A simple sweet or savory porridge
  • Bisibelebath
  • Dosa
  • Idly
  • Fritters
  • Pancakes
  • Upma
  • Pongal… The choice is endless.  Swap some rice to oats and see ..you will surely be amazed by the  loving response at home. Try out the recipe below for a quick start.
Here area few more yogurt based recipes
oats bagalabath

Oats bagalabath

Maharashtrian cuisine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Microwave, Pressure cooker, South indian, Summer, Vegetarian
Servings 2 people


  • 1/4 cup oats rolled or steel cut
  • 2 cups drinking water
  • 1/2 cup low fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low fat milk
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp carrot grated
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 tsp cilantro chopped fine
  • 5-7 grapes sliced


  • 1 tsp cooking oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ginger root grated
  • 1 sprig curryleaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida


  • Into a cooking pot add 2 cups of water and bring to a bubble on medium heat.
  • Add in the rolled oats and stir well. if using steel cut it is better to soak for an hour before cooking
  • Set it for cooling.
  • Meanwhile, grate the carrot, chop the herbs and cut all the other vegetables and set aside.
  • In a small pan prepare the tempering by adding the oil followed by the mustard seeds. When it splutters add the rest of the ingredients and saute well. remove from heat and set aside.
  • When the cooked oats is completely cooled mix it with yogurt and salt. if too thick add a little milk at a time and adjust thickness to a semisolid state or like mashed potatoes.
  • Add in the vegetables of choice, grapes , herbs, and the tempering.
  • Add salt, mix well and check for proper seasoning. Enjoy a cooling bowl.


For this recipe use rolled oats or old fashioned steel cut oats. It is preferable not to use the instant version as it may not contribute to all the health benefits too.
You can alter the veggies based on choice.
You can use any herbs of choice too. I have used Indian Borage leaves.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Shan Helen
Shan Helen
6 years ago

Looks yummy… Was looking for variation in my oats intake. This would be helpful

Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

Lovely share !

Priya Suresh
5 years ago

What a healthy twist to the usual bagalabath, am in love with this fibre rich dish. Just serve me with some pickle, i can finish this dish without any fuss.

5 years ago

Healthy one, Would love to have it with pickle .

5 years ago

A good replacement for the usual curds rice. Lovely.

5 years ago

This will be the ultimate guilt free dish to take in this hot summer…looks yummy

Bhawana Singh
Bhawana Singh
5 years ago

This looks like curd rice, must be very tasty. will try this.

5 years ago

All time favorite is oats and bagalabath. I love the combination and I can imagine the yummy taste too.

Priya Srinivasan
5 years ago

Perfect for the summer! Nothing can beat a perfect curd rice, love all the tadka ingredients added here! Lip-smacking good!

5 years ago

Seems like this dish is similar to south Indian dish ‘curd rice’ so easy and healty recipe.

5 years ago

Really cool idea to use oats. And great to know much about oats.lovely share!

5 years ago

lovely idea to use oats here !!! healthy n perfect summer food

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