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Turmeric Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf [Vegan]

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Oatmeal is very good for your heart and lowers cholesterol. Hence, oats are regular in my diet, but eating oats in a regular fashion gets quite boring, and since I like to try a variety of foods, I came up with Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf. When I thought of oats in a pilaf form I found it quite interesting and now I don’t miss rice at all. I also wanted to incorporate more protein into it, so I decided to go with garbanzo beans/chickpeas.

Turmeric Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

High Protein Vegan





Cook Time



  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chickpeas, boiled, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped


  1. Dry roast the oats in a nonstick pan. Keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a nonstick pan and add mustard seeds. Just when the seeds start to crackle, add curry leaves, oats, and pilaf.
  3. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add turmeric powder, chili powder/paprika and salt and mix well.
  4. Add the chickpeas and sauté properly so that the chickpeas are properly coated.oats pilaf process 2.2
  5. Add roasted oats and mix gently but make sure that the oats are properly coated.
  6. Add water, mix properly and cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. If you think the oats are slightly dry and not properly cooked add 1/2 cup water more but do no not exceed water more than 2 1/2 cups or else it will lose its pilaf texture.
  7. Mix in lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.


Red onions may also be used in this recipe. Paprika powder can also be substituted for chilli powder. Old fashioned oats can also be used if desired. Follow the same process.





Healthy and meat-free Indian dishes for the entire family. I’m Gunjan Dudani, founder of Kiipfit, where I share some of my healthy recipes and health tips which can be incorporated into our daily lives. After losing about 65 pounds in a year’s time naturally and in my endeavor of setting a healthy lifestyle example to my daughter I learned the importance of being healthy, fit, and active and explored the great potential of healthy food ingredients and hence I started blogging to share my journey with you all.



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9 comments on “Turmeric Oats and Chickpeas Pilaf [Vegan]”

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2 Years Ago

Please clarify oats/pilaf in step 2 and 5.

Michelle Gartland
2 Years Ago

Erin Bernstein This seems like a Mike breakfast, Deb.

Erin Bernstein
18 Jul 2016

Definitely, sounds goood to me too. Thanks D!

Andy Taylor
2 Years Ago

It's great in curries etc, but I've been taking a strong Turmeric supplement for 3 or 4 months and it's virtually eliminated my long term back and neck pain. You'd have to eat about a pound of actual Turmeric root to get the same result, so I stick to the daily pill! It really is good for you in so many ways.

Natalie Assaad
2 Years Ago

Oh my yum Tracey Keenan

Sue Moses
2 Years Ago

Adding oats in step 2 and step 5? Is this in one pot, or 2? Adding pilaf in step 2, what does that mean?

Tim Morton
18 Jul 2016

Was wondering that too

18 Jul 2016

I was wondering the same!

Chauna Wall
2 Years Ago

Ken Mitten


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