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Vermicelli Upma

So I was requested to make something with vermicelli…and what do you know…Oh Yes… do I have a dish 🙂

This is a dish that was introduced to me by my hubby…actually like most of my South Indian dishes. Yes there are changes and some modifications which evolved along the way…lol…good ones.

In South Africa vermicelli is mostly used to make a sweet dish cooked along with milk, cashews and sago which is absolutely divine.  However vermicelli can be used to prepare an equally tasty savoury dish.  At first this seems very difficult to digest 😉  …but I kindly request you to trust me on this.

Oh and yes …Upma is traditionally made with semolina or coarse rice flour.  This favourite South Indian dish usually served as a breakfast in India has become a firm favourite of mine.  Not only is it quick and easy to prepare but light and digestible as well especially for those, just so…so… tired or lazy days 🙂

Super Savoury  :-)

Simply Savoury  Vermicelli 🙂

Preparation:  10 – 15 minutes

Cooking time:  20 – 25 minutes

Serves:  2 – 3

1 ½ cups vermicelli roughly crushed

2 tbsp (30ml) oil

¼ tsp mustard seeds

½ cumin seeds

1 spring curry leaves

½ tsp (2.5ml) yellow asafoetida

1 medium onion finely chopped

3-4 green chillies finely chopped

⅓ Cup potatoes cut into small cubes

⅓ Cup carrots cut into small cubes

⅓ Cup frozen peas

2 tsp (10ml) coriander powder

1 tsp (5ml) cumin powder

1 ½ tsp (7.5ml) salt

2 ½ cups (625ml) hot water

Fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Let’s Cook 🙂

  • We need a good pot with an airtight lid.
  • Firstly heat the pot. Add vermicelli – roast until golden brown.  Remove vermicelli and keep aside.
  • Now add oil to heated pot. Toss in mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida. As soon as mustard seeds pop – add onion and chillies – fry for a minute.
  • Toss in potatoes, carrots, peas, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Give it a good stir – cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add vermicelli – stirring for a minute or 2.

  • Pour in water – give it a good stir. Bring to boil, then reduce heat – cover and simmer until water is fully absorbed – 8-10 minutes.  Use a fork to lightly stir making sure it does not stick or burn.

This makes an awesome breakfast or a light quick meal 😉   


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This entry was posted on September 28, 2015 by in Vegetarian.
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