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Semiya Upma

Apr 1st, 2009 | By | Category: All Recipes, Breakfast Recipes, Veg - Recipes
Semiya Upma

Semiya Upma

When I’m in a hurry and want to whip up a quick breakfast or a brunch to carry in my lunch box, this is what I cook. Semiya upma, delicious and easy to prepare with a handful of ingredients from your pantry. I learnt to cook the perfect semiya upma that does’nt turn out soggy, from my mother in law. Throw in a few vegetables of your choice to make it a nutritious meal. Lets take a peek…


2 cups semiya (I used MTR vermicelli)

5 cups of water

3 tbsps cooking oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

3 tbsps chana dal (senagapappu)

1″ grated ginger/finely chopped

8 green chillies (slit)

2 tbsps cashew nuts (roasted)

 curry leaves – 8 to 10

¼ tsp turmeric

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 large lemon (adjust)

How to:

  • In a deep bottomed vessel, bring to boil 5 cups of water. When the water starts dancing around, add 1 tsp of oil and the semiya. Stirring gently cook for 2-3 mts (not more than that). Turn off the flame. Drain all the water and set the semiya aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a vessel. On low flame, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow them to crackle. Add chana dal and fry for a minute or two. Add grated/chopped ginger and fry for another minute.
  • Add green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric, roasted cashew nuts and salt to taste. Fry for 1 minute on medium flame.
  • To this mixture add the drained semiya and mix gently to coat the tempering. Adjust salt and just before turning of the flame, add lemon juice and stir well. Serve hot.

Note: I add chopped vegetables like carrots and green peas sometimes to this dish for that extra nutritious touch.

Adding oil to water before boiling semiya does’nt make it sticky. Also make sure you do not over boil it else it would turn mushy. Give a nice quick boil and drain immediately.

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  1. Wow, this is soo comforting and filling !

  2. looks great and obviously quick, gr8 idea to boil the vermicelli ahead… Shall try you way 🙂

  3. Sharmilee, Ramya

    Thanks for the nice words. Try it and let me know how you liked it.

  4. Good article,

    I am alone and want to have a quick break fast. this article helped me to cook in 10 minjutes.

    Keep posting good article

    Shankar Swamy

  5. Thank you for the recipe! whenever i made the upma in the past, it was always soggy and used to wonder why mine is not perfect:) …I will try this new trick 🙂

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  7. I prepared Semiya upma, but made a mistake initially…..Took water, added semiya put on heat, then realised the mistake and removed semiya and followed the procedure…. The upma was sticky, but taste was good. 🙂 Thanx for the recipe.

  8. Hi Sai,

    I do that mistake many times 🙂

  9. hi.. thank you for the recipe.. i tried your recipe.. its too quick and delicious too..

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