Semiya Upma

Semiya Upma pinit

Semiya Upma is a popular South Indian breakfast dish made with vermicelli (semiya), vegetables, and spices. It is a flavorful and satisfying dish that is quick and easy to prepare.

Semiya Upma

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Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 25 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 1 Calories: Approximately 200-250 calories per serving Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. Heat oil in a pan or kadai over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
  2. Add asafoetida, chopped ginger, slit green chilies, and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds.
  3. Add finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they turn soft and mushy.
  5. Now, add diced carrots and potatoes. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add vermicelli (semiya) to the pan and roast it lightly for 2-3 minutes until it turns golden brown and aromatic.
  7. Pour 2 cups of water into the pan. Add salt according to taste. Mix well.
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook on low heat for about 5-7 minutes or until the vermicelli is soft and all the water is absorbed.
  9. Once cooked, fluff up the semiya upma with a fork.
  10. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves (optional) and serve hot.


  • You can add other vegetables like peas, bell peppers, or beans according to your preference.
  • Adjust the quantity of green chilies according to your spice preference.
  • Make sure to roast the vermicelli well to prevent it from becoming mushy.
  • You can also sprinkle some lemon juice on top before serving for an extra zing.
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