Sunday 22 September 2013

Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Upma

Upma is a very popular breakfast dish in South India.  It is simple, easy and healthy one-dish meal which doesn't require any accompaniment.  There are varieties of upma - Rava/semolina upma, mamidikaya semiya upma, semiya upma, rice sevai upma, etc., and all taste equally good.

I have used vegetables to prepare this semiya upma, but you can prepare this without veggies.

Semiya upma, Vermicelli upma


  • Vermicelli - 1 cup (I use bambino)
  • Onion - 1 medium size, finely chopped
  • Green chillies - 3
  • Ginger - 1/4 inch piece, grated
  • Carrot - 1, small size, peel and cut into small pieces
  • Beans - 10-12, wash and cut into small pieces
  • Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 cups (1-1/2 cups if not using veggies)
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp

For Tempering:

  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
  • Oil - 1 tsp

How To Prepare Semiya Upma:

  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai and dry roast the semiya/vermicelli on medium flame till it turns light brown and remove onto a plate.
  • In the same kadai, add 1 tsp of oil and add mustard seeds.  Once the mustard starts spluttering, add channa dal, urad dal and fry till the dal turn light brown.
  • Add curry leaves, hing, onions, green chillies and fry them till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the veggies, salt and 2 cups of water and cover with a lid and let it cook on low flame.
  • Check to see if the veggies are cooked, add the semiya and mix well and let it cook again on low flame for about 6-8 mins or till the semiya turns soft (see that it doesn't turn mushy).
  • The semiya is now ready to serve.

Semiya Upma, Vermicelli Upma


Home Cooked food said...

perfect breakfast and lunch box dish. love to see you at my space sometimes.

divyagcp said...

Simple and delicious breakfast..

Unknown said...

yummy and comforting breakfast said...

nice cliks n lovley uoma...folowing ur blog from nw n liked fb page N really lovely blog...nice 2 meet u..:)

Nava K said...

Lovely flavor in the semiya upma which I have never made before. But surely a dish great for the start of the day or anytime is a good time.

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