Semiya Upma Recipe (How to make Vermicelli Upma Recipe)
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Semiya Upma Recipe (How to make Vermicelli Upma Recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 201kcal
Author Kanan


  • 1 cup Vermicelli (Semiya or Sevai)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Urad dal (split, skinless black gram)
  • 6-8 Cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon Peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 2 small Green chili finely chopped
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • ½ cup Onion sliced
  • ¼ cup Carrot chopped
  • ¼ cup Capsicum (Green bell pepper) chopped
  • ¼ cup Green peas
  • ½ cup Tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ¾ cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves


Roasting vermicelli:

  • Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Add sevai, keep stirring and roasting till it is light brown in color.
  • Once done remove it to a plate and keep it aside.
  • If using ready made roasted vermicelli then skip this step.

Making Semiya Upma Recipe:

  • Heat the remaining oil in a pan on medium heat and add mustard seeds.
  • Once they pop, add urad dal and cashews. Saute till they are light brown in color.
  • Now saute in ginger paste, green chili and curry leaves for 30-40 seconds.
  • Then add onion and cook till soft and translucent.
  • Now mix in all the veggies along with salt and cook till they are soft.
  • Then add water and bring it to a rolling boil.
  • Once started boiling, add roasted sevai, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or all the water is absorbed.
  • Lastly add chopped coriander leaves and serve.


Calories: 201kcal | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 3.8g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.3mg
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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