Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Vermicelli Upma | Semiya Upma Recipe

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Semiya upma is one of the easiest breakfast recipes apart from regular Sooji upma which I make quite often.This is a very simple recipe with very basic ingredients which are available in any pantry.I added vegetables to it to make it more tasty and colorful,though it is truly optional.You can make it for breakfast or evening tiffin or also for a quick one pot meal.
Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Upma Recipe:
(Serves 2)

1 cup Vermicelli(Semiya)
1 cup chopped mixed Vegetables(carrots,beans,capsicum)
1 big Onion,sliced
5-6 Green chillies,slit
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
2 tbsp chopped Coriander
8-10 Cashew nuts,broken
1 tsp split Urad dal
1 tbsp Chana dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
a sprig of Curry leaves
2-3 tbsp Oil
juice of 1/2 Lemon
Salt to taste
  • Heat pan,add 1 tbsp of oil and roast vermicelli until slightly brown and remove it.
  • In the same pan fry the broken cashewnuts and fry until they turn brown and remove them and keep aside.
  • In the same pan add 2 tbsp remaining oil and crackle the mustard seeds and once it starts splutters add chana dal, urad dal and fry until they get roasted.
  • Add curry leaves,ginger-garlic paste,green chillies,sliced onions and fry until the onions turns translucent.
  • No add all the chopped vegetables and fry for 3-4 mins until they become slightly soft(the process will be faster if the vessel is covered with a lid).
  • Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water and cover it and let it come to a rolling boil.
  • Add enough salt and the roasted vermicelli and stir well.Cover it and cook for 4-5 mins until it is done.
  • Now turn off the flame and add lemon juice,chopped coriander and fried cashew nuts and give a nice stir.
Serve hot with any kind of chips/boondi and pickle.
  1. If you want it more masaledar(spicier),you can add 1/4 tsp of Garam masala after roasting vegetables which imparts a nice flavor to the upma.
  2. You can avoid adding vegetables and make with only onions.
  3. You can even add fresh/frozen peas,corn along with the vegetables in the recipe.
  4. You can roast the vermicelli in ghee for a nice flavor.
  5. One can add freshly grated coconut at the end,which gives a nice taste to this upma.


Sush said...

I made this upma today and it was so fast to prepare. Simple and delicious!

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