Semiya Upma

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Vermicelli Upma


If you are looking to make a quick and easy as well as delicious breakfast, then this Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma is the perfect recipe. A wonderful option for lunch box as well.

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Total Time

40 minutes

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– 2 cups Semiya/vermicelli – 3 ½ cups Water – 1 Onion chopped – 1 ½ cups Cut vegetables carrots, beans, peas, corn – 1 ½ tablespoon Oil Can use ghee as well – 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon Ullutham paruppu /urad dal – ...

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– Heat oil and roast the vermicelli to golden brown. Remove it in a bowl and keep aside. – In the same pan, heat the remaining oil or ghee and add the seasonings (mustard seeds, urad dal, asafetida, cashew nuts, red chilies and curry leaves). Let the mustard seeds sputter.

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Steps 1-2

– Now add the chopped onions and fry it until translucent (about 5 mins). – To this add the cut vegetables and sauté it until tender.

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Steps 3-4

– Now add water. Also add the required salt and let the water come to a boil. Check if the vegetables are cooked.  – Now add the roasted semiya to the boiling water and let it cook. Once the semiya cooks, it would absorb all the water. 

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Steps 5-6

– Also cooking with the lid on helps to quicken the cooking process. Once the semiya has cooked and absorbed all the water, remove it from flame and add the lime juice. Mix well and pack it in lunch boxes.

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Step 7

– My kids like the Semiya Upma with ketchup and some sugar on the side.

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