Semiya Upma

A quick and easy to make South Indian breakfast dish made with rice vermicelli
Ingredients - Serves 4
  • 2 cups rice vermicelli (semiya)
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped, optional
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp urad dal (black gram)
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1-2 green chillies, chopped (adjust based on your spice/heat tolerance)
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, optional
  • 2½ cups water
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry the peanuts, split chickpeas (chana dal) and black gram (urad dal) together till they start to brown
  2. Add mustard seeds, green chillies and curry leaves and fry till the mustard seeds splutter
  3. Add the onions and saute till they turn translucent
  4. Next, pour in the water, season with salt and bring to a boil
  5. Turn down the heat and add the vermicelli
  6. Mix, keep the heat low and cover and cook for 2 minutes or until the vermicelli is cooked
  7. Do not overcook the vermicelli or it will become sticky
  8. Turn off the heat and serve hot with any chutney like {Allam Pachadi} or {Palli Pachadi}
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