January 22, 2013

Semiya Upma

Upma is one of the simplest & convenient breakfast that you can put together in no time. Upma is ideal for breakfast / evening snack / dinner. Toss in a few veggies and you have a healthy recipe for your breakfast table. Add a cup of yogurt on the side and you have a complete meal for lunch/dinner.

My daughter is a crazy fan of noodles. She loves anything and everything in the name of noodles and that looks like noodles. Per her food dictionary, she calls it as 'noodles upma'! This is one of the "yummy in my tummy" recipes that makes her super-happy which in turn makes me happy! After all, what goes around comes around!!

Basic Info
Complexity - Simple
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 15 mins
Serves - 3

Vermicelli / Semiya - 1 cup
Water - 1.5 cups
Onion - 1 no
Tomato - 1 no
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Whole urid dal - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chillies - 1 no
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (adjust to your spice level)

Dry roast vermicelli until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside.

Heat oil in a wide pan. When hot, add mustard seeds & cumin seeds one after the other and let them splutter & sizzle. Add channa dal, urid dal, dry red chillies and fry them until golden brown. Next, add onions and saute until soft & translucent. Next, add tomatoes and stir for 2-3 mins. To this, add red chilli powder, hing, salt and cook the mixture until raw smell of all the spices are gone.

When it is ready, pour the water in and let it come to a rolling boil. (At this stage, make sure you have added enough salt or adjust accordingly). Add roasted vermicelli, simmer and cook with occasional stirring in between till vermicelli is soft & cooked and all the water is evaporated.

Serve it hot with pickle/chutney.

  • Make sure to dry roast vermicelli first, even if you are using roasted vermicelli (vermicelli that comes pre-roasted in packets).
  • You can choose to add favorite veggies of your choice and increase the nutritional value. But, make sure to cook the veggies before adding water/vermicelli.
  • Coconut chutney / pickle / yogurt serves as a perfect side.
Linking this to the event "Mission Breakfast" @ NivedhanamsCookcookandcookThoushaltcook


  1. wow wow!!! so tempting!!!! love your pictures!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
    Ongoing Event - Breakfast
    Ongoing Event - Tried and Tasted - Raks Kitchen

  2. attractive piece of information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend arjun, ahmedabad,i have read atleast eleven posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a lot once again, Regards,
    Semiya upma

    1. Nasreen Basu,
      Ohh... Thanks a million for your feedback! It really means a lot to me..
      - Sasi