Photo: Karen Rankin; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Karen Rankin
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup oats, 2 Tbsp. yogurt, 2 Tbsp. trail mix, 2 Tbsp. cilantro)

Flavored with garam masala, a toasty spice blend that’s essential to Indian cuisine, masala oats are the warming, savory start to a day you’ll find yourself craving after one serving. We topped our masala oats with a nut and dried fruit blend for a little flavor and texture contrast, along with a dollop of creamy yogurt and fresh cilantro for brightness. We found a bowl of these robustly flavorful oats to be wholly comforting and satisfying as-is; however, if you want an extra punch of protein, an over-easy egg would make a welcome addition. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in fire-roasted tomatoes, masala seasoning, salt, and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring often, until onions are very soft and tomatoes are beginning to break up and soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups water; bring mixture to a boil. Add oats; stir until incorporated. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring often, until all liquid has been absorbed and oats are tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add butter; stir until melted. 

Step 2

Divide oat mixture among 4 bowls. Top each evenly with yogurt, chopped trail mix, and cilantro. Serve hot. 

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