30 Mar 2015

Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Upma | Easy Breakfast Recipes

Semiya upma or semiya kichadi is a south indian breakfast dish and is quite famous here as it can be made quickly and is delicious too. It can be made plain or mixed with some vegetables and spices and made into a flavourful dish. This is the simplest version of semiya upma, I will be adding the different versions later. We even make a semiya chicken biryani! 

Semiya Upma

You can add any vegetable to this dish. I have added only carrots today but have made it with beans, peas, potatoes along with carrots. It is extremely tasty when made with all the other vegetables. Sometimes it is called vegetable semiya biriyani because of all the vegetables and masalas added.

Semiya Upma

Preparation time 5 mins | Cooking time 15 mins | Serves 2-3

  • Semiya  -  1 cup (roasted or plain)
  • Onion   -   1 medium
  • Ginger - 1/2 tsp, finely chopped
  • Carrot  - 1/2 cup grated or finely chopped
  • Green Chilli - 1 or 2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - approximately 2 cups
  • Juice of half a lemon

To Temper
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal  - 1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal  - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Semiya Upma

1. Chop the onion and grate the carrot and set aside.
2. If the vermicelli is not pre roasted, dry roast it for 3 mins in a pan. I used roasted vermicelli.

3. In a pan add oil, mustard seeds, wait for it to splutter. Then add urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, hing and green chillies. Then add the onions and ginger.
4. Once the onions turn golden brown, add the carrots. Saute for 3-4 mins.
5. Add the water, turmeric powder, salt.

6. Once the water starts boiling, add the vermicelli, juice of half a lemon. Close the lid and allow to cook stirring occasionally.

Goes well with any chutney. We had it with coriander chutney.

Semiya Upma

1. Dry roast in medium to low flame so that it doesn't get burned.
2. Instead of 1/2 cup of grated carrot, you can reduce the carrots and include other veggies as well.
3. You can roast some cashews and and add it too.

Until next time,

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  1. Love to have this semiya upma anytime.. its healthy and delicious too..

  2. Looks super delicious dear..

  3. Like this yummy upma for breakfast!!

  4. I wouldn't mind having that entire bowl now...

  5. Healthy and delicious one.... :)

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  7. This is something new to me..I never tried semiya for upma like dishes I normally use it in sweet dishes but I will try this for sure......

  8. So delicious and very nutricious!!!

  9. This really is some thing a new comer to me personally.. We in no way attempted semiya with regard to upma such as meals We usually utilize it within fairly sweet meals however I'll do this without a doubt.

  10. I think I have to consider my breadfast now from seeing this, I seldom eat breadfast before, now I have to learn to make it like you.


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