Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma

12 Jun

Heylo everyone !!

I am sure today’s recipe is one of the favorites of many fellow Indians out there ! πŸ™‚

Semiya Upma – is an easy dish which is versatile, because it can be had as a breakfast, lunch or dinner (well, at least I do lol ) … and I would like to add in as many veggies as I can in dishes like this !

Let’s dig in to see how simple to make it is !

  • All you need :Β 

Semiya / Vermicelli – 3 Cups

Mixed vegetables – 3 Cups (or more and I used chopped beans, carrots, tomatoes, green peas and corn)

Onion – 1 Medium (finely chopped)

Water – 4 and half Cups

Oil – 2 Teaspoons

Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

Green chillies – 6 (or less and finely chopped)

Urad dal – 1 Teaspoon

Chana dal – 2 Teaspoons

Cashews – Fistful

Curry leaves – Few

Coriander leaves – Per taste

Salt – Per taste

  • Serves :Β 4 (As a meal,2)
  • Time to prepare : 30 Minutes
  • Let’s get started :Β 

1> First dry roast (roast without oil in a pan) the Semiya and keep aside once they turn light brown.

2> Now, in a wide pan (with lid), add in oil and once it’s hot, add in the seasoning (mustard, cumin seeds, urad, chana dals, cashews) and curry leaves. Next add in the chopped green chillies and onion and fry for few minutes. Next add in the veggies, coriander leaves and fry for few minutes.

3> Once the veggies are cooked, add in water (Ratio is 1 cup semiya – 1 and half cup water) and add salt and let it boil. Once you start seeing bubbles on the top of water, lower the flame, add in the semiya and keep stirring it in while adding it.

4>Now cover the pan with a lid and let the semiya and veggies cook for about 10 minutes. Remember to keep the flame very low. Once you notice it’s cooked, switch the flame off, garnish with Cilantro and serve this yummy upma hot ! πŸ™‚

  • Tips / Variations :

> For additional taste, add in few drops of lemon / lime juice before you serve !

You can have this upma anytime, it’s such a comfort food ! πŸ™‚

Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts down below !!

Until next time,

Love Life


11 Responses to “Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma”

  1. foodlover June 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

    picturesque, looks yummy..

  2. princess July 12, 2012 at 5:10 AM #

    good and simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. krishnanjani July 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM #

    Tried it along with dhania and jeera masala… it really turned out yummy!!!
    Though i might have seen so many vermicille recipes, this one motivated me to buy and prepare semiya upma πŸ™‚

    • happiebelle July 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM #

      Aww that’s sweet girl ! thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Elena August 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM #

    Sorry, but if I do not have those spices (all dals etc..), I thought may be some of them are just asian names for the common spices that I know (or similar)? or I need to look for these particular names in Indian section? Thank you.

    • happiebelle August 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM #

      Hi Elena ! The dals you are talking about are lentils and you are most likely to find them in any Indian grocery stores. Chana Dal and Urad Dal are also known as Yellow Gram and Black Gram respectively. You can also find Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, Green chillies and Curry leaves in Indian groceries by the same names.
      Please let me know if you need anything else and thanks a lot for stopping by ! πŸ™‚

      • Elena August 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM #

        Thank you HappyBell, I’ve seen them before. I have some lentil at home – I’ll try to replace Chana Dal and Urad Dal with it. Interesting dish!
        I am originally from Russia, we don’t know much about exoctic spicies, but I love flavorful Indian cusine.

  5. happiebelle August 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM #

    You are welcome Elena ! .. I am not sure what lentils you have, but if they are not Chana Dal and Urad Dal, you can easily leave them out, it shouldn’t make a very big difference to the flavor of the dish.
    This dish is one of the staple breakfast recipes back in India and during my childhood πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for your interest in Indian cuisine!
    Have a good one !
    – Sudha (HappieBelle)

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