Breakfast, Upma

Semiya Upma ~ Vermicilli Upma

After weeks of slaving on the stove to make delicacies for festivals/ events, not to mentions loads of hours spent on kiddo’s school projects (!), I decided to take it easy to blog something simple, healthy and filling:-) But just when I sat down to do so, my camera gave way and while I am hoping it would spring back soon, I had a few pix taken earlier which were stashed away for no reason in a folder on my laptop. And when I saw pics of Semiya Upma (Vermicilli upma), I was like its so simple, why should I blog this? Everyone knows about it 🙂 But then another thought dominated that and asked why shouldn’t I post this ? And so, here am I, with a quick version of Semiya upma filled with veggies – and this dish makes its way to Radhika’s event on Scrumptious Breakfasts as well as Nayna’s South Indian Flavours. The procedure is pretty similar to making normal Veg Upma with Soojior Lapsi upma. But I like this with crispy tossed capsicum and slightly caramelised onions , and is a wonderful option for school lunchboxes too !


Lets get on to the recipe, shall we ?

Prep time : 10 mins. Cooking time : 15 mins, Serves : 3


  • Sevai / Semiya / Vermicilli – 1 cup (I used pre-roasted variety)
  • Chopped onions – 1 large
  • Oil – 1 TBSP
  • Veggies : Capsicum, cabbage, peas, beans, carrots (or a combo) – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 1 large (diced)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – a dash
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, Urad Dal, curry leaves, green chillies, coriander leaves
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp (opt.)


1) in a large pot, boil 3 cups of water. When it comes to a rolling boil, add the vermicilli and a pinch of salt and cook covered for 5 – 8 mins till done. If using non-roasted vermicilli, fry the same in a tsp of oil and then add to the boiling water. Drain and retain the water.

2) To the same hot water now, add all the washed and chopped veggies except onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. Cook till al dente for 7- 8 mins.


3) Meanwhile, heat 1 TBSP of oil. Add the tempering ingredients to it. Once the green chillies are sauteed, add the onions, bell peppers and fry till onions turn translucent. Add a dash of turmeric , sugar and salt and then add the chopped tomatoes. cook covered for 3 – 4 mins.

4) Now to the pan, add the boiled veggies and vermicilli and stir well till the masala is coated all over.

5) Remove from the heat and add lemon juice and grated coconut (optional) and serve hot with tomato onion chutney / coconut chutney or just plain curd.



  1. Rani acharyulu

    Wow..what a color…wonderfully cooked semiya upma..great recipe.

  2. Priya Suresh

    Simply inviting and delicious upma..

  3. KrithisKitchen

    I would love to ave this in my lunchbox! simply delightful…
    Krithi's Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Steamed

  4. Sensible Vegetarian

    Colorful and delicious Upma.

  5. Indian Khana

    I love this and you have done is so perfect

  6. semiya looks wonderful!!! clicks are grt….

  7. munchmunchcrunchcrunch

    simple and perfect for lazy days…lovely clicks

    -Aarthi @munchmunchcrunchcrunch


  8. very nice and colorful upma…

  9. I love this upma.. Beautiful pic …

  10. My favourite. Reminds me I have not made it in ages. Thanks will rectify matters soon.
    Do check out my event and send me your entries.

  11. My all time fav upma..

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