Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Upma

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A popular South Indian breakfast dish Vermicelli Upma also known as Semiya Upma, is a quick and healthy snack that you can cook easily in just 20 minutes with simple ingredients. A versatile ingredient, vermicelli is used to make sweet dishes like kheer (in North India) and payasam (called semiya payasam in Tamil Nadu). Though relatively bland in taste, it readily absorbs the flavors of ingredients it is cooked with. Low in sodium and fat, it is a great source of energy as it is rich in carbohydrates, hence it may not be very filling when just eaten plain, but the inclusion of a variety of vegetables increases its nutritional content helping you feel full and satisfied for longer.

Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Peas are rich in protein, folate, and high in antioxidants. Bell peppers are low in calories, high in potassium, vitamin A and C. The health benefits of the vermicelli combined with the vegetables make this an appetizing, delicious dish which can also be had as an evening snack.

Serves – 3

1 cup roasted vermicelli,
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped,
1/4th cup carrot, finely chopped,
1/4th cups green peas,
1/4th cup bell peppers, finely chopped, (optional)
1-2 green chillies, slit length wise,
Curry leaves,
½ tsp turmeric powder
Juice of ½ a lime,

Salt as per taste, according to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

For Tempering: 
1 tsp mustard,
1 tsp channa dal,
2 tbsp oil


  1. Put the roasted vermicelli in hot boiling water and cook it for 2-3 minutes until it becomes soft. Strain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadhai or wok. Add mustard seeds, add the chana dal, green chilli, and curry leaves.
  3. Add onion and sauté till they turn translucent.
  4. Add the green peas, carrots, and bell peppers and saute. 
  5. Add in the turmeric and salt as per taste. Mix well, cover with a lid until cooked.
  6. Next add the vermicelli, lime juice, check for salt, and adjust according to taste.
  7. Mix well, cover with a lid for 5-7 minutes
  8. Once done, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

Important Tips:

  • To save time, you can buy and use roasted vermicelli, which is easily available in supermarkets or shops.
  • In case using plain vermicelli, remember to roast it lightly, on a low flame in a tsp of ghee for 5 minutes. This will remove the raw flavor of the vermicelli and roasting it will also give out a wonderful aroma!
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  1. its my fav goto meal when short on time and still wanna eat at home. looks very good.

  2. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards, upma recipe