New favourite brekkie!

It literally hurts my left ventricle that I don’t have a camera to take a photo of the joy that is my new favourite breakfast. Hopefully, it’ll sound so good, that you’ll be enticed to try it, with or without a seductive photo!

Actually, here’s an idea!

If you like this recipe enough to try it, take a photo of your finished product, tell me about it in the comments, and I’ll send you my email address so that I can post it, with your name, and a link to your blog! Send ‘em right now!

Ok, so without further ado, my new breakfast lover is…. pumpkin oatmeal!

Oh how it’s autumnal flavours warm my bones on a chilly morning… how it’s burnt umber hue pulls me in for a cinnamon’ed embrace… and oh, how it fills me up for very little money! Woohoo! I also love the idea that I’m getting some veggies in with my breakfast. Plus, it’s wheat-free, a bonus because I’ve realised that eating too much wheat gives me heartburn. :(

So here you go. Let me know how it goes for you! This makes a pretty big batch, enough for 4 peeps.


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40 thoughts on “New favourite brekkie!

  1. Hey Aarti!

    Just stumbled upon this site from Good Bite. Awesome videos :) Got the pic of your Breakfast yet? Lemme know if you havent..will make this Pumpkin Oatmeal (have everything I need in the pantry!) soon and send you mine your way – if you want it that is :)

    From a fellow foodie :)

  2. Okay seriously…we really were related in another life. I as well have been enjoying pumpkin oatmeal as my new favorite breakfast. Sometimes I also use Cream of Wheat instead. Mine isn’t nearly as exciting as yours – pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and I usually toss a little bit of grape nuts on top. Yummy.

  3. Oh wow, I’m going to have to try this one! Stephanie has an almost obsessive love for all things pumpkin. :)

  4. Hi aarti,
    I discovered your videos on utube yesterday and guess what ? I watched them all without taking a break. You r so entertaining and i love ur cooking style. Why arent you on food network? Have u ever given this a thought? FN doesnt have an Indian cooking show and I think you are the one who can make it happen. How about giving it a shot in ” the next food network star” ??? Just a thought…..

  5. Aarti, hope everything is okay with you and your family. I miss your blog and especially your Quick Bites vids. If you are just busy or don’t feel like doing these anymore that is cool, maybe just pop in and let us know? Some of us are worried about you.

  6. I just got done making this! It is so yummy! I had to do with what I had on hand. I had a fuji apple and can tell it would’ve been better with a softer apple. I didn’t have the cardomon pod, so I used ground and I didn’t have raisins or almond milk. Wow! I guess I used a few more different ingredients, but it is the same. It was great! I love pumpkin and would never have thought to do this! Thanks for another great recipe! I hope you win the NFS!

  7. I just made pumpkin oatmeal and I am hooked! What a great breakfast! I stretched the milk with apple juice and substituted the cardamom with nutmeg. Super yummy! Thank you for a great go to morning recipe; even the kids loved it! And they can be a bit picky (4 year old, 2 and 1) Thanks!

  8. Wow! So going to make this! I love oatmeal! It’s my power breakfast. I have oatmeal almost everyday! It’s a great workout breakfast food. Gives me energy all day! I don’t really like pumpkin by itself so this is a prefect way to get me to eat it! Love it Aarti!

  9. This sounds fabulous. I have oatmeal every morning, and I love love love pumpkin. I’m definitely trying this out this weekend — thanks Aarti! :)

  10. Aarti, that sounds delicious! I love quick oats. I am going to make this next week and if it comes out nicely I’ll take a picture for you :)
    Congratulations on winning Next Food Network Star, I was rooting for you the whole time and thrilled that you won. I missed your first show but will be sure to catch the next one and all the ones after! (didn’t realize it would be on so fast!). All the best!

  11. hi aarti. Congratulations on your food network win. My wife and I were rooting for you from the start. My kids are starting to really enjoy Indian food so I am looking forward to trying your recipes. I love the flavors. Good luck to you on your new show. We will be watching.

    I am a blogger also, but not a lot about food. I hope to change that.

  12. Easy answer to your stupid comment: a shithead with an idiotic name like Baba Boey. Brekkie is British, you moron. Go back to school instead of trolling around here.

  13. Aarti, this looks great. My mom and I are big fans of you. This is perfect for me because it is wheat-free and dairy-free. I’ll make sure to make this and take a picture for you.

  14. Hi Aarti! Just watched your pilot and some episodes on On Demand on Cablevision and we loved them! My husband and I went to the Indian Market yesterday and got a nice new supply of fresh cardamom (not sure if I am supposed to use black or green in this recipe) and pepitas so this morning we will be trying this recipe! If we can get a good picture we’ll send it along! Congratulations on your win and thanks for the great recipes.

  15. Hi Aarti – I made your pumpkin oatmeal this morning and it was fabulous!! My daughter took some pictures and it looks so beautiful! One of the pictures is on my blog at – I have a few more that you can use on your blog if you like! Tonight we’re going to make your Naan Pizza again – I’ll take some photos of that also! We love your recipes!

  16. Hey Aarti,
    You were great on NFS, looking forward to seeing your show soon in Canada. I made your pumpkin oatmeal and it was very tasty. I took a couple of pictures, so if you would like me to send them to you send me your email address.

  17. Love this!!! Such great flavors. I halved the recipe but think I need to actually up the (ground) cardamom and chili powder for a little more kick but you’re right on about the flavors being so warm and cozy. Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. HI aarti,
    I wanted to know if this can be cooked over night in a crock pot. I often use Alton Browns overnight oatmeal receipe for a crock pot, but wasn’t sure if the pumpkin would burn. Please advise. Thanks and keep up the wonderful work you do!
    My best,


  19. I tried the pumpkin oatmeal and it’s fantastic! I took a few photos…would love to send to you :) Your show is great! Keep up the great work and super recipes. Thanks Aarti!!

  20. We are so excited to add this to my daughter’s 21 st birthday breakfast! She loves pumpkin anything and loves oatmeal! Thanks so much for sharing! Will share pictures.

  21. Adapted your pumpkin oatmeal concept for a super quick snack today using an instant oatmeal packet, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, spices, flax seed, vanilla, a touch of Splenda brown sugar. Topped it with a dollop of nonfat whipped topping.

    Oh my gosh, I thought I had died and gone to heaven—that big bowl of love kept me out of the candy dish!

    It is pumdi-delicious! Thanks!

  22. Hello Aarti. I found this recipe on the food network, and wonder if you have the nutritional breakdown, complete. Fibre, protein, carbs etc. Thank you.

  23. I’m a teen who loves to cook, and who also loves pumpkin. This was delicious!! Before I added the brown sugar I tired it and it tasted bland, but after adding the sugar I was suprised at how much it brought out all of the wonderful flavors. PS. i substituted nutmeg for the cardomom and it worked great!

  24. Aarti, I’ve been eating this all week and it’s delicious. I top mine with the Golden Berry Blend (golden raisins, cherries, cranberries, and blueberries) and a sprinkle of Spiced Gold Sugar (cane sugar crystals, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice). The folks at work have been eyeballing my breakfast and asking what the good-looking orange stuff is. Thanks for the delicious idea!

  25. Imade the version you did on your show (minus the apple) and made a few tweaks and OMG, it is SO amazingly good. Thank you so much! I am addicted and totally love it!

  26. I absolutely loved this recipe. I am a big pumpkin fan and could not image a better way to start my day. I will prepare it again next weekend!

  27. This is the best oatmeal I’ve ever had! As someone who is obsessed with all things pumpkin this is my new go-to breakfast :) I sometimes add some ginger and nutmeg- tastes like pumpkin pie for breakfast! Thank you Aarti :)

  28. Heyy,
    I’m a junior at Natick High School in Natick, MA, and hope to one day be a professional chef. Thursday February 2nd is national job shadow day. I know this is a ridiculous amount to ask, but I was wondering if I could shadow you as a tv chef for a day. it does not need to be February 2nd, but any day that would work. I don’t know everything involved with this or if this is even allowed or possible, but please get back to me either way, it would be an experience that I would NEVER forget!!
    Thanks, Erin McDonough

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