Saturday, May 17, 2014

Semiya Upma / Vermicelli upma

Yup, I am back as I had told in the earlier posts that I would be. For the time being I have some drafts which I had been delaying in posting for a while now. Those drafts are gonna feed my blog untill my baby gets settled down in our crazy world. He still has got his nights and days mixed up. So while he is sleeping through the day, I thought I could do something else other than starring at him :). Anyways, this time it is Semiya Upma. Lazy morning breakfast option is what I would describe these to be.

During college days, when we used to attend camps, Rava Upma used to be served quite often. No complaints from my end, because I love Upma. But Upma is not very well accepted by all. Atleast that is what I have seen while I was in hostel or while attending camps. Even my man does not like it. But this semiya upma is well appreciated by him. So this is like a life saving breakfast option for me when we would get up late and have to quickly make something up for breakfast while I would be juggling with the options for lunch, to pack for him. 

This is how I make it usually. Occasionally I add in raisins/ cashews to add richness to it.


  1. 1 1/2 cup of semiya /vermicelli
  2. 1 tbsp of ghee/clarified butter
  3. 1 tbsp of oil
  4. 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  5. 1 1/2 tsp od urad dal 
  6. 1 strand of curry leaves
  7. 1 -2 tbsp of finely cubed onions
  8. 1/2 tbsp of finely chopped ginger
  9. One tomato - cut into large cubes
  10. 1/2 tbsp of cut green chillies
  11. 2 cups of water
  12. Salt to taste


  • In a skillet, add the ghee and once hot, add the vermicelli to it and dry roast it. Let it turn golden brown. Do not burn it. Transfer it on to a plate and keep it aside.
  • In the same skillet, take the oil. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and let it pop. Turn the heat to medium and add the urad dal to it. Roast it till they turn golden brown. Now add onion, ginger, green chilly and curry leaves. Saute it till the onion turns tender. Add the cubed tomatoes and let them turn tender(shouldn't turn mushy) too. 
  • Add the water and salt. Let it come to a boil. Adjust the salt as required.
  • Once the water boils, add the roasted vermicelli to it and stir it well. Cover it and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Open the lid and toss it gently. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes untill the water evaporates and the vermicelli is fully cooked. 
  • Remove it from the heat and serve it hot.
  1. You could choose to add roasted cashews and raisins to garnish the upma.
  2. While you roast the urad dal, you could roast some chana dal/split yellow pea, if you desire to.
  3. You could garnish the upma with some coriander leaves to add in more flavour.
  4. I love the flavor of semiya roasted in ghee that adds on to the taste. However, you get roasted semiya which you could use to avoid the roasting of semiya.

They are a quick fix for a delicious breakfast. Hope you try it and like it.


  1. vermicelli upma super. Would make a wonderful breakfast and take care of yourself and the little one.

  2. Upma looks wonderful......, looks delicious ! Welcome back dear :)

  3. enjoy ur motherhood dear... some parents are lucky that kids start sleeping after 40 days while some parents like me have kids sleeping properly only once they start school... hehe... I'm not scaring u, just letting u know the bitter truth... :P the semiya upma looks delicious... kisses to the little sweetheart... :)

    1. Well Rafee.. I just hope he starts sleeping after 40 days then...he is not that bad with sleep just that he doesn't want me to sleep I guess...njan aduthe kadappilengil avan kurkam valiche urangum

  4. Looks so yummy and delicious............ vavakku sukhamallae....... :)

  5. Hey Anupa, Glad to know you and the baby are settling down. Hugs and kisses to your little one :-)

    This one is a staple food here at ours. We love semiya than rava. I pretty much make it the same way except that i don't add tomatoes

  6. Honestly I have never made semiya upma and never tasted it. I always see this recipe floating in the internet, but never tried it. Got to try it soon :).

    Regarding sleep...I used to sleep with the baby. Initially their timing is all messed up, but eventually they will get the hang of it, but till then I would say or most of the experienced parents (enne polle ullavar) recommends to sleep when the baby sleeps. When they start eating more, things will change and gets better. Good luck with your sleep :)

    1. When I have tried to sleep when he sleeps but I feel he just gets active when I too sleep with him....after I am done trying to sleep with him and no more in a mood to sleep...he sleeps peacefully.... Anyways, we are starting to understand his sleep pattern and trying to accommodate ours to his.

  7. Love to start my day with this fantastic dish.

  8. Tempting upma .. Perfect start for the day.

  9. super yummy upma...looks so delish

  10. Delicious semiya upma..yummy

  11. get as much sleep as you can get now Anupa. Life's gonna be hectic once he grows a lil old. This is your time to heal yourself and give yourself enough rest and tore as much energy as possible. you would be needing them very very soon. the semiya upma looks perfect. will try your semiya water ratio soon.

  12. Sleep is one thing we miss with newborns. sleep as much as possible when he is sleeping. Still I am not getting full night sleep. vermecielli upma adipoli. I used to make these simple dishes when I have new born.

  13. Semiya Upuma looks soo much inviting yet soo comforting!! Pics are done beautifully..
    Good luck in your motherhood...
    I have returned recently after a maternity break...

    New to your space.... Would love to connect. Do drop by my space Sandhya's Kitchen when you get a chance...
    Following your space!!

  14. Anupa semiya adipoli aayittundu.. i can see a nice colour combo of a saree with white lace border in it. Wow.. semiya looks yummy and monu sukhamaannekku karuthunnu.. lots of kisses.... he is lucky to have u .. God Bless..u and ur family...

  15. Heartiest congratulations on being a mother! first time here and I love your space :)
    visit mine when time/Jordan allows ;)


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