Simple Semiya/ Vermicelli Upma/ Uppumaavu Kerala Style

Upma or Uppumavu is a simple and healthy Indian breakfast dish. Semiya/ Vermicelli Upma/ Uppumaavu is a healthy, tasty and simple recipe from South India. It is an easy to make breakfast or lunch box snack or tea time snack. We can make Semiya/ Vermicelli Upma with vegetables and without vegetables. Here I am sharing with you Semiya/ Vermicelli Upma without vegetables, it well goes with ripe banana, sugar and a glass of hot tea or coffee. That is my taste bud 😉 Make a try and enjoy 🙂

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Recipe Type South Indian Break Fast/ Teatime Snack
Cooking and Preparation Time 20 to 30 minutes
Serve to 2 to 3

Ingredients For Simple Semiya/ Vermicelli Upma/ Uppumaavu

Ingredient Quantity Notes
Semiya/Vermicelli 2 Cups I used thick version (Check Notes)
Water 4 Cups
Ginger 1 Inch Root Skinned and chopped Finely
Onion 1 Medium Size Skinned and Sliced Thinly
Red Dry Chili 2 Numbers Cut into Small
Green Chili 2 to 3 Chopped
Coconut Oil/ Ghee 3 tablespoon Adjust
Mustard Seeds ½ Teaspoon
Curry Leaves 2 Sprigs
Cashew Nuts A hand full Optional
Salt As Per Your Taste

Method For Simple Semiya/ Vermicelli Upma/ Uppumaavu

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• Dry roast semiya / Vermicelli Until Light golden brown. Keep a side.
• Heat 1 Tablespoon oil/gee in a pan, add cashew nut. Fry until golden brown, remove from oil.
• Add remaining oil/ghee, pop mustard. Add onion, red chili, and green chili and curry leaves. Sauté until onion becomes light brown and soft.
• Add water and salt, allow boiling.
• When it starts boiling, add roasted semiya/ Vermicelli. Mix well.
• Cover and cook until all water is absorbed (it will take 5 to 10 minutes). Uncover and stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.
• Turn off the heat; garnish Semiya Upma with fried cashew nuts. Serve warm, enjoy 🙂

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Notes and Tips:-

I have used thick semiya here and I added 1:2 water, If you are using thin semiya/ Vermicelli, adjust the water quantity according to your semiya/vermicelli’s size and quality.

For this recipe, you can add some extra vegetable like carrot, beans etc. along with Onion.


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