Tuesday 1 July 2014

Vermicelli upma/Vegetable Semiya

I am an egg lover and try to have them daily in my breakfast menu but we eat total veg on Mondays & Tuesdays, hence try to prepare some special breakfast for these days, so that it can compensate those missing eggs. Vermicelli upma or Namkeen semaiya is always a yes in my home. It is a very traditional South Indian breakfast too and made with lots many varieties.  It requires very little effort and tastes delicious. And best of all, my family loves it. I love its texture and have it with lots of veggies and lime juice. Sometimes with coconut or tomato chutney. I still remember those lazy weekends at my mom's place, when everyone used to sit together and had this in breakfast. So lets see the ingredients following the method.

Ingredients :
  • Vermicelli/Semiya : 2 cups (I used Bombino)
  • Onions : 1 large (finely sliced)
  • Green Chillies : 1-2 slit (or as per the taste)
  • Carrots : 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  • Peas : 1/2 cup (Frozen/fresh)
  • Potato : 1 medium (Finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes : 2 medium (optional)
  • Chili powder : 1 tsp (optional)
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • A Sprig of curry leaves
  • Peanuts : 1/4 cup
  • Oil : 2 tbsps
  • Salt : As per the taste 
  • Lime juice : 2 tbsps (or as per the taste)

Method :
  • Dry roast the vermicelli in a pan on low flame. Stir continuously till you get the aroma and a very light golden color. If you are using already roasted ones, then you can skip this step. 
  • If adding peanuts, roast them and keep aside. I usually dry roast my peanuts in microwave for 4-5 minutes (depends on the quantity). You can also fry them in oil.
  • Heat 8 cups of water in a big pan, add some salt. As soon as the boil comes add roasted vermicelli to it and switch off the gas. Keep an eye, as soon they are done (you can check by braking them with fingers) strain them in a sieve.
  • Simultaneously, heat oil and add mustard seeds, let them splatter, then add curry leaves and green chillies.
    Now add onions and saute a bit, then add carrots & potato, saute, cover it with a lid and let it cook. If you are using fresh peas add with carrots only as frozen ones can be added later with tomatoes.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes, chili powder, salt and cook. Once tomatoes are little soften, add strained vermicelli and mix. Add lime juice, peanuts and serve hot.

  • Try to boil the vermicelli and fry the veggies simultaneously, as after boiling and keeping the vermicelli for long makes them a bit sticky. If there is a situation where you need to keep them for long, then spread them on a tray and apply some oil gently. 
  • Adding tomatoes and red chili powder is optional, but I like the taste hence add them.
  • You can add as many veggies you like and also adjust their quantities as per you likings.
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Thanks & Happy cooking
Priyanka :)


  1. Looks yummy..!! Nice clicks Priyanka

  2. The Upama Looks Fabulous.. Each Strand Apart..

  3. any recepie for kids

  4. Made them today...very yummy!

    1. Thanks, post me your pictures, I will post them on my Face book page with due credit :)

  5. Looks delicious......going to try tmrw morning.....