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A bowl of semiya upma is very comforting. It is simple, healthy, easy and gets done in 15 minutes. This is the reason why most people...

Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma In 15 Minutes

A bowl of semiya upma is very comforting. It is simple, healthy, easy and gets done in 15 minutes. This is the reason why most people resort to preparing it when they are not in the mood to cook or have no time. My sisters and I love upma and we are particularly fond of semiya upma. We just rejoice in the thought of having it any time. I thought it was important to blog it for my sisters and me.  If you have not tried this upma or don't know how to make it, try this recipe and let me know if you enjoyed it, as much as I did. 


Heavy bottom vessel or kadai
Cutting Board
Measuring Cups and Spoons


Roasted Semiya / Vermicelli - 1 cup ( if you have the regular one please roast it in the wok until it turns    into a golden brown color)
Onion - 1 medium size thinly sliced
Red Dry Chillies - 3 or green chillies or both
Curry Leaves - 4
Tomato - 1 ( deseeded and chopped into big bits)
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida Powder - a few shakes
Udad Dal and Channa Dal - 1/4 cup together
ginger - 1 inch finely chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cashew nut - 8 
Water - 1 3/4 - 2 cups depending on the brand you use. (Personally, I  use 2 cups because I like it a little moist because as it cools down they go a little dry)


1. Turn on the kettle with 2 cups of water.  In the meantime place the wok or kadai on the stove on medium heat.

2. Thinly slice the onions and get the tomatoes ready. 

3. Heat the wok with some oil. Add asafoetida, mustard seeds and chillies. Once the mustard pops add the udad dal, channa dal, curry leaves  and cashew nuts. Allow it to turn golden brown and add the onions and ginger. ( 3 minutes)

4. Once the onions are cooked add the roasted semiya and mix it well. Add salt and water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover and allow the vermicelli to cook. ( 3 minutes).

5. Add the chopped tomatoes allow it to mix with the tomatoes and serve it hot.


  1. An easy breakfast, even I like this..

  2. delicious upma with a lovely presentation.

  3. I like semiya upma. Unfortunately am the only one who does. I can eat it even if it is cold!!

  4. Delicious n healthy breakfast!

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  5. 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