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Simple Kerala Breakfast- Semiya Upma

Want Indian noodles for breakfast? The try Semiya Upma- a diiferent variety to Rava Upma.

Semiya Upma

Semiya Upma


  • Roasted Vermicelli – 1.5 cups
  • Fresh or Frozen Mixed Vegetables – 1/2 cup (Carrots, Beans, Green Peas, Corn)
  • Diced Onions – 1 medium
  • Slit Green Chillies – 4
  • Curry Leaves – A sprig
  • Peanuts/Groundnuts – A handful
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 3 cups

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  • Microwave the vegetables along with salt and few tablespoons of water for around 3-4 minutes. Drain excess water if any and keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non stick pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add the peanuts and roast for a few minutes until lightly browned.
  • Throw in the onions, curry leaves and green chillies. Saute until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the half cooked vegetables along with turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt to taste. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups of water (double the amount of vermicelli) to the pan and bring everything to a slow boil.
  • Slowly add vermicelli to the pan stirring continuously.
  • Cover and cook on medium flame until all water has been absorbed by the vermicelli. This will take around 5 minutes.
  • Open the pan, increase heat and cook for another 2-3 minutes so that all water evaporates and the vermicelli doesn’t appear soggy.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice for more flavor and remove from stove top.


  • If you are buying Plain Vermicelli which is not roasted, then heat a non stick pan and dry roast the vermicelli on medium heat until lightly browned.
  • For Vermicelli Upma, you need to add 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of Vermicelli.

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