Oats, Honey and Chia Seeds Porridge (Mushaali)

Oats are packed with nutritional goodness. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and great for lowering blood pressure. Oats also help manage weight loss as they are full of soluble fibre that keep you satisfied for longer.

This simple porridge recipe is inspired by my mother’s mushaali (porridge in Somali), which she makes during the month of Ramadan—sometimes with oats and sometimes with maize flour.
I added chia seeds to give an extra boost of Omega 3 goodness.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It certainly makes me look forward to breakfast. Now I have to work on getting my kids to love it—or at least more than they love those horrible sugary breakfast cereals!




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Oats, Honey and Chia Seeds Porridge (Mushaali)

Recipe by:
Abderazzaq Noor


1 cup rolled oats
2 – 2 ½ cups milk (skim milk is fine)
50g nuts – almond, cashew, pistachio or any that you like (optional)
½ teaspoon chia seeds
A pinch or two of ground black pepper (or less if you wish. I sometimes use ground cinnamon)
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of honey for drizzling when serving


1. Place all the ingredients in a pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly for about 3 – 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens and sticks to the spoon. Add more milk if you want the porridge creamier.
2. Serve in a bowl with a drizzle of honey.

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Serves: 2

4 Responses to “Oats, Honey and Chia Seeds Porridge (Mushaali)”

  1. Fanoula

    We made it this morning! Delicious!! The pepper was a pleasant surprise and the ingredient that really makes this SING! I am so excited about this! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

    • Somali Kitchen

      Hi Fanoula, so glad you get to try the mushaali and enjoyed it! We like to experiment by adding different ingredients and spices. Add some cinnamon or cardamom instead of black pepper, nuts and dried cranberries to the mushaali to give it a different flavour.

  2. Jasmine Omar

    I tried it today it was amazing ! Added abit of mix spices and nutmeg instead of the nuts I loved it


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