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Semiya Upma Recipe | Vermicelli Upma Recipe
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Semiya Upma Recipe | Vermicelli Upma Recipe

Semiya Upma Recipe, yet another quick and easy to make upma with Vermicelli, mixed veggies and mild spices. Usually Semiya Upma is served with Coconut Chutney. A very healthy breakfast to start a wonderful morning!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Healthy Recipes
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan


  • 1 Cup Vermicelli (Semiya) 1 Cup - 250ml
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 Carrot Chopped
  • 10 Beans Chopped
  • ¼ Cup Green Peas
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Tempering

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • 2 Green Chili Slit
  • Few Curry


Dry Roasting Semiya

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, add semiya and dry roast the semiya till golden brown. Keep this roasted semiya aside. If you are using store bought Roasted semiya, you can skip this step.

Tempering Process

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add bengal gram and fry till light brown.
  • Then add slit green chili, curry leaves and give a mix
  • Next, add chopped onions and saute the onions till translucent.

Cooking Vegetables

  • Add chopped veggies to the pan. Stir-fry for 2 mins. Then add 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook the veggies till tender and soft.

Cooking Semiya

  • Once the veggies are cooked completely, add 2 cups of water to the pan. Also add a teaspoon of salt and bring the water to boil
  • When the water starts to boil, add the roasted semiya and give a good mix
  • Close and cook in low flame. Occasionally open the lid and stir so that the semiya or veggies don't get stuck or burnt. Cook till the semiya is fully cooked and becomes soft.

Serving Time

  • Delicious and healthy Semiya Upma is now ready to serve!



  • Adjust spice level according to your needs.
  • Adding veggies are optional. We can just make it simple with onion.
  • Add a table spoon of Lemon Juice after the upma is fully cooked. This will give a slight tangy taste to the upma. 


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g