Tuesday 12 March 2013

Vermicelli / Semiya Upma

Vermicelli / Semiya Upma is a common, popular, easy to make South Indian Breakfast variety.


Vermicelli / Semiya– 2 cups

Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato - ½ (finely copped)
Green Chillies – 3 to 4 (slitted)
Ginger – 1 inch piece (finely chopped)
Carrots – 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
Coriander Leaves – for garnish 
Salt – to taste 
Water – 3 cups 

For seasoning:

Mustard Seeds – ¾ tsp
Channa dhall – 1 tsp
Urad Daal – 1 tsp 
Curry Leaves – few
Hing / Asafoetida - a pinch
Oil –1 to 2 tbsp



Heat oil in a kadai; add 1 or 2 tsp oil and fry the Vermicelli till it turns slightly golden brown in colour. Keep aside.

Heat the remaining oil in the same kadai; add all the ingredients under "For seasoning", one by one.

After it crackles, add chopped Onion, Ginger and Green Chilli. Fry till Onion becomes translucent.

After that add Tomatoes and Salt; saute till the Tomato becomes soft. 

Add the chopped Carrots and allow to cook in a medium flame. Sprinkle water, if necessary.
When the Carrot is cooked, add 3 cups of water and salt; allow to boil. 

When it starts boiling, add the roasted Vermicelli, stirring continuously and reduce the flame to medium. Cover the pan and cook the
 Vermicelli / Semiya till the water is absorbed (stir occasionally while simmering).  Turn off the stove.

Serve hot with Coconut Chutney


Normally the Vermicelli to Water ratio is 1:1.5.  This also differs according to the thickness of the Vermicelli.

Check for Salt before adding Vermicelli to the water

You may also substitute Red chillies for Green chillies.

Adding Tomatoes is optional; you may also add finely chopped Beans, Peas to the Upma.

Adding little ghee enhances the flavour and taste of this dish.

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  1. quick and easy breakfast fix, i also love adding vegs in them

  2. Fast and furious breakfast, esp when u r running out of time :)

  3. I have an unopened vermicelli pack, I'm gonna try this today. Looks lovely & fresh. With chutney this is a great breakfast!! My aunt used to make this at least once a week, great reminder!! thanks Poornima.

  4. this is my favorite dish to make in a jiffy, too...

  5. Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

  6. Thanks for the recipe. Came out really good...


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