Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Vermicilli Upma

Upma is a typically South Indian breakfast preparation. Upma can be prepared with a variety of ingredients. I have already covered Oatmeal Upma. Vermicilli can be fun for kids and at the same time all the veggies included give a headstart in the morning. It's simple to prepare and colourful- orange carrot, green peas, white coconut.. If you do not have grated coconut you can also use finely chopped fresh coriander to garnish.

1 cup roasted vermicilli
1 1/4cup water
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 carrot grated
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 inch ginger

1small green chilli(optional)
1tbs grated coconut
salt to taste

  • If the vermicilli is not roasted, roast it in a tsp of ghee, till its brown.
  • Chop the onion and chilli fine and grate the carrot and keep aside.
  • In a pestle crush the ginger.
  • Heat oil in a pan and sputter the mustard seeds.
  • Add the onion, chilli, and ginger and saute lightly.
  • Add the green peas and grated carrot, cover and cook.
  • After the veggies are cooked add the water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, reduce the flame to simmer and add the vermicilli, stirring all the time.
  • Make sure the vermicilli is cooked and there is no more water left in the pan.
  • Turn off the flame, garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.
  • To enrich it for kids add a tsp of ghee/clarified butter and serve.


  1. This is a unique breakfast for me. Never had this kind of dish before either. I like that name too. :) This is something worth trying.

  2. Nice morning dish! I just had quinoa for breakfast so I am exploring my options! Thanks!

  3. That looks like a wild breakfast dish. Requires a total paradigm shift because I'm so used to something sweet for breakfast. Sounds delicious!

  4. that looks like a wonderful breakfast meal! very different but delicious!

  5. A lovely, healthy meal. We used to eat vermicelli, noodles or rice porridge when we were young. These days we eat that for lunch or dinner if we want something quick and light.

  6. A very unique breakfast! I would really love to try it!

  7. In Asia, we do serve vermicelli for breakfast. So, it's pretty common over here. But I like it as lunch or dinner as well. Such a lovely dish.

  8. Nice recipe, this is really yummy. There is nothing to argue about. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it. thank you for sharing this recipe..



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