Pakistani oat soup


A dear Pakistani friend of mine sent me a bowl of this delicious soup on a cold Saudi day (60 degrees). I loved it so much that I had to get the recipe. This, of course meant I was to go over to her villa and watch her make it. I found that this process worked very well for me. Often times I had no idea what the ingredients were and it helped to actually watch the dish being made. This soup has remained a favorite especially for my daughter Saleeha who makes it weekly!  She made it and took these pictures and I am passing our recipe on to you. I hope you like it as much as we do!



2 chicken breasts cut into small pieces

1 onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1- 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

10 cups water

1/2 cup of uncooked oats(oatmeal)

salt to taste

2 cinnamon sticks or 1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Cayenne or to taste

1 tsp. turmeric

1/4 tsp. paprika

1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro

lemon juice



Place chicken, onion and garlic in a large sauce pan on the stove.


Saute until onions are soft, add spices (salt, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper) and water. Bring to a boil, turn to low and cover. Add tomatoes and continue simmering. Let soup cook for approximately an hour until chicken is done and flavor has set in.


Bring soup to a boil again and add oats. Stir well, turn heat to low boil and cover. Let the soup continue to low boil for approximately 30 minutes. If you use cinnamon sticks, remove at this time and discard.



Wash and chop fresh cilantro. Add to soup and stir. You can top soup with cilantro and lemon juice for more flavor if desired.