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Semiya Upma Recipe | Vermicelli Upma

Semiya Upma Recipe Step By Step Instructions
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Semiya Upma also known as Vermicelli Upma is an interesting variation of more the common South Indian Breakfast recipe of Upma. This dish is made from vermicelli instead of semolina which is used to make Upma.

Semiya Upma is a simple and easy breakfast recipe. You can add any vegetables of your choice to make the dish more wholesome and filling. The dish traces its origin to South India and is more popular there. However, it has now become quite popular in other parts of the country as well.

Semiya Upma is a light dish which is quite popular for breakfast. But it can also be taken as a snack along with tea. This savoury snack is loved by the kids and has much more nutrition than most of the fast foods.

To make Semiya Upma at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

See more Breakfast Recipes like Rava Upma, Bread Upma, Kanda Batata Poha, Onion Tomato Poha and Dalia Khichdi.

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Servings: 4


Cuisine: Indian

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 19g

Protein: 6g

Ingredients For Semiya Upma Recipe

  • 1 Cup Semiya (Vermicelli)
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion
  • 1 Medium Sized Potato
  • 2 Small Tomatoes
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta)
  • 1/4 Cup Peanuts (Groundnuts)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 1 Teaspoon Urad Dal (Split & Skinned Black Lentil)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or as per taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Semiya Upma Recipe

  • Add the vermicelli noodles to a pan along with 1 tablespoon of Ghee (Clarified Butter).

  • Fry it on low heat for 3-4 minutes till it turns light golden brown in color. After removing the pan from the heat, stir it for additional 30 seconds or so, to ensure that it doesn’t burn from the bottom.

  • Heat oil in a pan. When the oil becomes hot, add Mustard Seeds (Rai) to it. When the Rai starts to crackle, add Urad Dal. Fry till the dal becomes golden in color.

  • Add peanuts to the oil and roast them for a minute. Take care that they do not burn.

  • Then add the curry leaves. Fry them for a few seconds.

  • Add finely chopped onions and green chillies. Let them cook for a minute.

  • Now add finely chopped pieces of potatoes. Fry them till they are almost soft.

  • Add Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder (Haldi) and Salt (as per taste).

  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes is gone.

  • Now add 1 cup of water to the pan and bring it to a boil.

  • Add the roasted Semiya (Vermicelli) to the water.

  • Turn the heat to low. Stir till almost all the water is dried up and soaked by the vermicelli. Then turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for 8-10 minutes.

  • Now add some finely chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice on top.

  • Mix all the ingredients well. Semiya Upma is ready. Serve it hot.

    See more Breakfast Recipes like Rava Upma, Bread Upma, Kanda Batata Poha, Onion Tomato Poha and Dalia Khichdi.

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