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Vermicelli – Vegetable Upma

vermicelli-vegetable upma

During my childhood, aayi was always there for us when we returned home from school. She had a set of dishes that she made for breakfast and another set of dishes that were evening snacks. My brother and I threw a big tantrum if she switched between the two. Vermicelli dishes like upma, idli were mainly prepared for evening snacks. We demanded different snacks every evening.

Now for Ishaan, I try to make something fresh for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But I don’t make anything for the evening snacks. I keep breakfast very simple and sometimes even make these simple dishes for lunch. One such dish that I make for breakfast and lunch is this upma. I have tried different variations of these, but he seems to like this version the best.

1 and 1/2 cups vermicelli
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 cup green bellpepper(capsicum)
1 and 1/2 water
1/2 tea spn garam masala
1/2 tea spn sugar
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn urad dal
3-4 green chillies
4-5 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut (optional)

Heat oil/ghee and fry vermicelli till it turns brownish. Take it out on a plate, keep aside.
Heat a little more oil, add mustard seeds, when they start popping, add urad dal, green chillies, curry leaves. Add the vegetables and fry for few minutes. Add little water (a couple of table spoons), cover and cook till all water is absorbed. (I do this so that vegetables soften a bit, they get completely cooked with vermicelli later).
Add garam masala, vermicelli, salt, sugar, fry for few minutes. Add remaining water, cover and let it cook completely. Garnish with coconut(if using). Serve hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 30mins


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{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Joyce Alvares March 27, 2012, 1:30 am

    Looks absolutely delish and amazing.

  • Vardhini March 27, 2012, 1:36 am

    Of all the upmas this is the only one that is kid approved at home :). Comfort food always.

    Event: Legumes
    Event: Fenugreek/Kasuri Methi

  • Borosil And You March 27, 2012, 6:11 am

    This Upma looks great and mouthwatering.
    Ideal for breakfast.

  • Jagruti March 27, 2012, 9:59 am

    I love upma..it makes for such an easy evening snack and packed up with veggies..its so healthy! Love your version and will use up my vermicelli sitting in the pantry!

  • Madhu March 28, 2012, 3:13 am

    Can you blog, how to make “Otthu shavige” it’s my fav one.
    I will give this recipe to my wife, so that relish it.
    Thank you

  • jyoti March 28, 2012, 4:13 am

    hey Shilpa..I too make this kind of upma..only change is that I cook the vermicelli separately and then mix it with the cooked veggies :-)

  • Vathsala Basrur April 19, 2012, 6:14 pm

    Hello Shilpa,
    Just a suggestion-try using spaghetti or Orzo(rice-shaped pasta). My nephew used spaghetti.Only thing is you will have to precook the pasta.
    Your site is very informative and useful. Thank you.
    Vathsala Basrur

  • Kirti Ahuja May 1, 2012, 4:16 am

    Wow. i have only made Vermicelli Kheer till now but this new recipe of vermicelli upma seems to be awsome. Lets try this.

  • durgalakshmi s May 16, 2012, 8:15 am

    Awesome………its mouth watering…i also prepared by seeing dis recipe…it was good and tasty

  • Reena May 19, 2012, 1:25 am

    Wow.. this is my daughter’s favorite breakfast..

  • sahana July 11, 2012, 1:21 am

    is this gothi savige or akki shavige??

    • Shilpa July 11, 2012, 9:45 pm

      Not the rice shavige

  • mandeep May 19, 2013, 11:53 am

    Too delicious & yummy to eat. A complete breakfast meal.

  • shruti nayak August 22, 2013, 8:51 am

    thank u shilpa:)…looks yummy!!! will definitely try this.

  • prabjotheesree sv March 10, 2014, 10:35 pm

    Ur recipes r great.I tried vermicelli upma. Today. It came out well kids loved it thanks for ur yummy recipes. Keep posting.

  • ~Nilu~ September 8, 2014, 11:16 pm

    I made this with the same proportions, just a little more of the veggies. I’ve made it twice n it turned out great both times. Thank you for a good recipe!

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