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]

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  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Fat 14 G, Carbs 95 G, Protein 27 G Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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  1. 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.

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