Friday, January 22, 2010

Vegetable Semiya Upma

Semiya (Vermicelly) - 1 Cup
Carrot - 1 (small)
Frozen Peas - 1/4 cup
Onion - Half
Green chillies - According to taste
Red Chillies - 2
Ginger - A small piece
Curry leaves & Coriander leaves
Channa Dhal , Urad dhal - 1 spoon
Musturd Seed - 3/4
Sugar - 1/2 spoon
Salt - to taste
Oil - to taste

Dry roast the semiya till you get a light golden colour.
Chop the carrot finely..add 1/2 cup of water and microwave it for 4 minutes.
Microwave the semiya for 4 minutes also.
Heat the oil and add add the mustard seeds,once they crackle, add the dhals. fry them till golden brown..add in the chopped onions,ginger, slitted green chillies and Red chillies & curry leaves.
Add in the sugar and salt..mix well.
Add the boiled carrots & frozen peas.
Finally add the boiled semiya..mix it well in low heat for 3 minutes.
Garnish with Coriander leaves.
Vegetable semiya upma is ready! Enjoy it with Coconut chutney or Pickle.

Standing time is very important while using Microwave. For example, if you cook something for 4 minutes, don't open the microwave immedietly once the 4 minutes are over. Leave the microwave closed for 2-3 minutes and take the food out.

Semiya won't become saggy as we are cooking it seperately.

You can use your imagination and create the varieties!! :)
You can
  • Add some cumin seed(zeera) & coconut powder while make the tempering.
  • Avoid the veggies and make Plain Semiya upma
  • Reduce the amount of green chillies and add chilli powder , turmeric powder to get a colourful semiya upma.
  • Add chopped fresh beans,corn and capsicum with the veggies.
  • Add some lemon juice in the final stage.
  • Add in the Cinnamon sticks and clove with the tempering and make it as a semiya Biriyani .

You can roast and store the semiya well in advance.

I will add small amount of sugar in all my preperations..from Sambar to Upma. :) Got used to this habit from my mother-in-law. Try it and see the difference.


  1. Tried this just now Mahi. ;)
    Yum.. with sugar & all. ;P

    No coriander, so added chopped celery. ;)

  2. awful piece of information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend vimal, mumbai,i have read atleast 13 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your blog 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 million once again, Regards, Semiya upma


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