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February 19, 2014


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Semiya upma is one of the easiest and instant breakfast recipes.I usually make this upma adding vegetables and sometimes with tomato,onions alone for guests along with idli or poori.Mostly I use Anil semiya(fine variety) and very rarely i go for MTR or Bambino as they are thick.I feel thick vermicelli would go well for Semiya biryani/Pulao more than upma.Usually the ratio of semiya & water would be 1:1.5 for fine vermicelli and 1: 2 for thick variety.Always add the correct water quantity to get soft and non-sticky vermicelli strands.It doesn’t need more oil like rava upma.Yet it tastes great.Sometimes i pack this for Raksha’s lunch box too.She loves it very much.Bachelors can try this recipe for breakfast.Ur job will become much easier in busy morningsSmile.

Semiya upma/Vermicelli upma

Semiya upma/Vermicelli upma Semiya upma/Vermicelli upma recipe with vegetables - Easy,instant breakfast recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Big onions - 1 no
  • Green chillies - 2 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Carrots - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Green peas - a handful
For upma
  • Roasted vermicelli - 1 cup ( I used Anil roasted short)
  • Water - 1.5 cups ( use 1.75 cups water if adding vegetables)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp

  • Chop onions,ginger & vegetables.Slit green chillies or finely chop it and set aside.
  • In a kadai,heat oil and temper all the ingredients given above.
Semiya-upma step 1
  • Saute onions,carrots and peas.Veggies will be half cooked.After onions turn transparent,add 1.75 cups ( 1/4 cup for vegetables) of water & salt.Cover the kadai with a lid.
Semiya-upma step 2
  • When the water starts to boil,check for taste.If the salt is slightly high,it means u have added the right amount.Cover cook till carrots & peas get cooked.It takes 3 minutes maximum in high flame.
  • Now reduce the flame completely and add the vermicelli.Stir well with a fork like ladle.
Semiya-upma step 3
  • Make sure the level of water & vermicelli are equal. Water should not be excess. It should be absorbed by the vermicelli.No problem even if the water is little less. Mix well and cover cook for 4-5 minutes in low flame.
  • By now all the water will be absorbed by the vermicelli.Stir it once and check if it is cooked by tasting some.If u feel it is very stiff & hard,add little more water( few tbsp).Mix well and again cover cook in low flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now it will be done.Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and drizzle few drops of lemon juice.Mix gently and serve hot.
Semiya-upma step 4


  • Always add 1:1.5 cups of water initially for Anil vermicelli.Add more only if needed.
  • For other thick varieties,1:2 would be needed.
  • Addition of vegetables is completely optional.Sometimes i make it plain like rava upma.
  • U can replace lemon juice by one tomato.It would be more colorful too.
Serve hot with chutney or sugar.Enjoy !

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  1. Upma looks so inviting and delicious :)

  2. yummy.. I too do the same way using Anil brand..

  3. very yummy post u have shared. Thanks for this food guide.

  4. Looking so tasty and yummy ........ !

  5. wow tempting vermicelli upma :) love the thin semiya , well made and so colorful dear :)

  6. Healthy, tempting and delicious semiya upma....

  7. Most comfort food I can think of I can have it anytime love the photo click that dark blue towel def highlighted the pic nice one dear

  8. nothing can beat semiya upma esp with load of vegetables.

  9. mind blowing clicks.. looks too yummy:)

  10. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards, upma recipe


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