This fabulous blend of flavors and textures was created by Micheal Romano, chef at the famous Union Square Cafe in New York City since 1988. We found it a mellow and comforting way to start the day. Garam masala is a currylike spice blend available in most natural-foods, Indian, or Middle Eastern markets.
Combine the water and mango juice in a 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil.
Stir in the pumpkin seeds, almonds, apricots, mango, garam marsala, and oats.
Lower the heat to a simmer and cook approximatley 8 minutes for old-fashioned oats, or 4 to 5 for quick-cooking oats, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the coconut milk, if using, and serve the oatmeal in a warm bowl.
Top each serving with a generous dollop of yogurt.