Semiya Upma – Vermicelli Upma Recipe – Easy breakfast

Semiya Upma – Vermicelli Upma

Semiya Upma aka Vermicelli Sevai is a simple breakfast / dinner prepared by cooking roasted semiya with various seasoning and vegetables of your choice. Upma is the easiest & quickest breakfast that South India has ever known 🙂

Semiya Upma Recipe vermicelli kichadi sevai from HomemakingDelight

Semiya Upma Recipe vermicelli kichadi sevai from Home-Making-Delight

I used to be extra-cautious while preparing semiya upma as it might easily end up sloppy. Then, I was suggested to use semiya & water in 1:1 ratio and it does work like a charm.. 🙂

Vermicelli in English is called as Semiya in Tamil, malayalam and Telugu || Sevai or Sevyayan or Semya in Hindi || Shavige/Semiya in Kannada and we call this dish as upma or kichadi (lemon and veggies) or sevai in Tamil.

Over to Semiya Upma – Vermicelli Sevai recipe from Homemaking Delight..

Semiya Upma – Vermicelli Upma Recipe 

Serves – 2


Semiya – 2 cups

Water – 2 cups

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Mixed veggies – 1 cup (Carrot, beans, peas, corn)

To Temper:

Oil – 3 tblsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Channa dhal – 1 tblsp

Ginger – 1/2 tsp

Green or Red chillies – 3

Hing – a pinch

Curry leaves few

Cashews – few (optional)

Preparation Method

Dry roast semiya in a non-stick pan until it starts turning brown and keep it aside.IMG_2337Heat oil in the same pan and add the ingredients (mentioned under “To Temper”) once it is hot. Fry them for a minute or so, then add onions and saute them until it is transparent.IMG_2338Then add the water & salt followed by the veggies and let it get cooked with the lid on.IMG_2339Simmer down the flame and start adding roasted semiya to the boiling water. Stir it nicely to spread the semiya and cook it covered until the rest of water is absorbed.IMG_2340Garnish it with coriander leaves and you can serve your smooth, non-sticky, fluffy  Semiya Sevai with Chutney of your choice or pickle or sambhar.IMG_2333


  1. Make sure you roast the semia (even if you use roasted semiya) for better results.

  2. Be generous in adding oil for making non-sticky upma.

Check out our Vermicelli kheer (or) Semiya payasam recipe here.

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