Ramadan recipes: Cheesy Oats Porridge for Suhoor
May 23, 2018 | 10:26 AM
by Nuha Jilani

Oats, generally considered healthy due to their rich content of several essential nutrients, are an excellent source of protein, dietary fibre, several B vitamins and numerous dietary minerals. Oats porridge consumed at Suhoor will be a filling diet for the long fasting day.


• 2 tablespoons ghee/clarified butter

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 2 cups oats

• 250g, boneless chicken breast chopped to 1cm chunks

• 1 cup frozen peas and carrots

• 1/2 teaspoon white/black pepper

• Salt to taste

• 56g Cheddar cheese (1 small can)

• 800ml (5 cups) water

• 2 - 3 fresh mint leaves for garnishing

• 1 cheese slice for garnishing, cut diagonally into 8 triangles

• A few thin slices of bell pepper for garnishing

• 1 finely chopped, green chilli (optional)

• Salted butter optional, for garnishing


Heat ghee in a pan, add garlic, and oats and let it roast for about 2-3 minutes. Add chicken, peas and carrots, pepper powder and salt and let it cook further for 2 - 3 minutes. Add cheese and about 3 cups of water, let it boil, while stirring frequently. Cheese will melt and mix in the contents, then add remaining water, which can be varied depending on the desired consistency. (Due to time constraint at Suhoor time, separately boiled water can also be added). Simmer for about 5 minutes. Garnish with mint leaves, cheese slice and bell pepper slices (optionally a spoon of butter in the serving bowl, and chopped green chillies).

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