Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge

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Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge

If you’ve been here awhile, or follow me on things like Instagram or Twitter, you’ll no doubt be familiar with several things:

  1. I love Indian dishes
  2. I love porridge
  3. I love experimenting with my food

This curry porridge recipe was originally the direct result of all three of the above things. Well, those and a need for a quick and easy work lunch prep late one Sunday night! I knew it was likely to be a bit rainy the next day (hello England) so wanted something easy and warm.

Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge

It’s evolved ever so slightly since then, with the final edition being finalised recently on #nationalporridgeday – which I totally forgot about and missed out on in the morning. Don’t worry, I didn’t miss out! I had this Indian-spiced curry porridge for dinner to rectify the situation.

Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge

But, savoury porridge?

Yes, it’s really a thing! I’ve shared some of my successful experiments in this area before, remember my savoury vegan cheese oatmeal? And this is the continuation of those experiments. You can really have this porridge this at any time of day – I’ve had it at breakfast, I’ve had it for a quick lunch, and I’ve had it as a simple dinner! I think because it’s a combination of traditional breakfast oats and a simple Indian-inspired spices. Individually, very breakfast OR dinner, but together? Amazingly versatile!

Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge

I’ve recommended adding peas for a bit of additional flavour and also to make it more like (very oaty) vegetable curry, however really you could use whatever you have to hand! Frozen carrots? Broccoli florets? Sweetcorn? I’ve tried them all! Personally, I’m favouring a combination of peas and sweetcorn at the moment. The sweetcorn adds little bursts of sweetness.

Indian-spiced Oatmeal

A great switch up to an often sweet recipe, this savoury curry porridge recipe is perfect for any time of the day!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 281 kcal


  • ½ cup oats ~45g
  • 1 small carrot, grated ~½ cup packed/70g
  • 1 ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 240 ml 1 cup water
  • cup frozen peas ~60g
  • 2 tbsp unflavoured pea protein ~10g, optional
  • any sweetener to taste


  • Add the carrot, oats, water, garam masala and turmeric to a pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes, until most of the water is absorbed.
    1/2 cup oats, 1 small carrot, grated, 1 ½ tsp garam masala powder, 240 ml 1 cup water, ½ tsp turmeric
  • Add the protein powder (if using) and frozen peas. Add sweetener to taste and simmer, stirring often until your desired consistency is reached. Add a little more water if the protein powder has made it too dry.
    2 tbsp unflavoured pea protein, ⅓ cup frozen peas
  • Serve as is or topped with chutney (I like hot lime!) and sliced chillies.


Calculated with optional pea protein.
Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge - perfect vegetarian, dairy free (vegan, actually!) recipe for any time of day, breakfast, lunch or dinner!

14 thoughts on “Simple Indian-spiced Curry Porridge

      1. I have so many variations of oatmeal-
        Sometimes it’s oatmeal with red pepper hummus and wilted greens

        I made a Bloody Mary oatmeal one time- fantastic- I put a Bloody Mary mix instead of water, cooked it, then added some green olives with pimentos, chopped celery, some diced pickles… it was so good- even without vodka! Lol

        Pumpkin curried oatmeal is another one of my favorites- pumpkin puree, curry powder, some Garam Masala…

        Balsamic blueberry oatmeal

        Oatmeal is so versatile!
        And it cooks up a lot faster than rice or pasta- Don’t knock it until you try it! Lol

  1. I’m in the midst of a curry obsession so basically seeing this at 6:30AM is a beautiful thing to wake up to! Can’t wait to try it…and devour it!

  2. I’m looking to find a way to make porridge taste nice and not like glue, having been told to reduce my cholesterole. Can this be reheated? I like the idea of this for lunch but only have access to a microwave at work and can’t face any knid of cold porridge (nor cold rice or pasta).

    1. Yes it should be fine – when I want to take porridge to work, I make it up cold and don’t heat it up, so that the oats soak up all the liquid. Then the next day when I want it, I just pop it in the microwave for about 60-90 seconds. Sometimes a splash of extra water to loosen it up is needed, depending on the oats and how long it’s been in the fridge 🙂 x

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