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Semiya Upma

Snigdha's picture
Semiya/Vermicelli Upma is a healthy and easy to make dish. It is a good break-fast dish or can be even had an as evening snack.
  Semiya/Vermicelli 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Mixed green vegetables 2 Cup (32 tbs), chopped
  Onion 1 , julienned
  Green chillies/Stock 4 , slit into halve
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Ghee/Clarified butter 1 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄4
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Urad dal 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Hing/Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Ginger 2 Inch, finely chopped
  Walnuts/Cashew nuts 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric 1 Pinch

Heat a skillet. Add 1 tsp ghee/clarified butter. Add vermicelli and roast until it turns slightly brown. Remove and keep aside.

In the same skillet, add 2 tbs oil and add mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter, add cumin seeds, urad dal, hing, chopped ginger,nuts (optional), slit green chillies and curry leaves.

Add chopped mixed vegetables, salt and mix well. Add 2 cups of water, cover with lid and cook until veggies turn tender.

Add the roasted vermicelli and an additional cup of water (if required), stir well, cover with lid and continue cooking (stirring in between)until the water has been completely absorbed and the vermicelli is thoroughly cooked.

Serve Hot

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
Vermicelli Upma

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Radzie's picture
Hi.. I have at least a packet of vernicelli lying in my refrigerator every week and think of ways to finish it off, as none of us, both my huby and I are not really fond of it. But after seeing the picture you have put up there, i feel that is should also try making Semiya upma. Also, think it is quite an easy and simple dish to make. Well, i would like to know, if i can substitute the oil with ghee... coz i love dishes prepared in ghee.. Pleas let me know
Snigdha's picture
Oh can use ghee instead of oil or vice versa. Since vermicelli has a subtle flavor I strongly suggest not using more than 1.5 tbs of ghee as it could dominate/alternate the flavor. is an extremely simple dish to make and is the best way to finish a packet of vermicelli!
srividya76's picture
Delicious vermicelli upma :)
Sanghi's picture
Mm.. Lovely dish.
perceptiveeye's picture
Your vermicelli upma seems very delicious...
Pavani's picture
Thanks for the great recipe. It came out really tasty.
Snigdha's picture
Thank you Pavani
Snigdha's picture
Thank you Ganesan
venkat's picture
was really tasty
Semiya Upma Recipe, Vermicelli Upma