Semiya Upma

Semiya Upma


Semiya upma is a variation to traditional upma that is made with semiya. It makes a great breakfast and kids love it as it looks similar to Noodles/Maggi.

semiya upma is ready to serve

Some more breakfast recipes you may like – Sabudana Khichadi, Aloo Cheela, Apple Fruit Chaat

This upma can be made in minutes and is a straight forward recipe with no fancy ingredients.

Semiya upma is made using wheat vermicelli and not rice vermicelli.

Vermicelli is a great source of iron and proteins. In addition to this, it prevents heart diseases as wheat vermicelli has no cholesterol and fats.

What is Semiya Upma?

Semiya is called as Vermicelli in English and so is also known as Vermicelli Upma. Its a variation to traditional upma where semiya is used instead of semolina (sooji).

No wonder if I say its very healthy and nutritious. It is great option for breakfast or evening mid-meal.

Its also called as Sevai upma, Vermicelli upma or semiya upma.

What ingredients are required for semiya upma?

It requires

  • Semiya (vermicelli)
  • Onion
  • Green Chillies
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Curry Leaves
  • Coriander
  • Oil

Variations of Vermicelli

Semiya comes in two types – roasted and unroasted. If you purchase roasted semiya then you can start making upma right away.

If you go for unroasted semiya then you need to dry roast it until semiya turns golden.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Overall Time: 25 minutes


-1 cup semiya (roasted)

-1 medium-sized onion, chopped

-5 green chilies, chopped

-4 tbsp peanuts

-1/4 tsp of sugar

-2 tsp of salt or as per taste

-2 tbsp of lemon juice

-5 to 6 curry leaves

-3 tbsp of oil

-4 tbsp of peas (optional)

-2 tbsp of carrot(optioanl)

Step 1: Heat oil in a pan.

Heat oil in pan

Step 2: Add peanuts to the pan and sauté it for 30 seconds.

Add peanuts

Step 3: Add cumin seeds to the pan.

add cumin seeds

Step 4: Once cumin seeds crackles, add curry leaves, chopped onions and green chilies to the pan and mix it. Let it cook for a 2-3 minutes.

Add veggies to semiya upma

Step 5: Once the onion start turning translucent, add turmeric powder. Its optional. You can skip adding turmeric powder if you wish.

Add turmeric powder to semiya upma

Step 6: Add vermicelli to the pan and mix everything well. I have used roasted vermicelli. I will sauté it for a minute.

Add semiya to the pan

Step 7: Add water to the pan followed by salt, lemon juice and coriander leaves. Prevent forming of lumps.

Add water to the pan for semiya upma

Step 8: Let it cook on minute high flame till all water is absorbed by vermicelli. By then vermicelli will be cooked properly.

Switch off the flame. Your Semiya upma is ready to serve. You can enjoy it with yogurt or ketchup. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Semiya Upma Vermicelli Upma


1.Using of ready-made roasted semiya in this recipe will be time saving.

2.If you are using unroasted vermicelli, then make sure you dry roast them till they turn golden in colour. This will prevent vermicelli from being mushy and sticky.

3.There are again two types of vermicelli except roasted unroasted and they are thin and thick. You need to vary the water content accordingly. If using thin semiya then reduce the water content.

4.You can skip all veggies and make a simple semiya upma with just onion, chilies and peanuts in it.

5.If you like more veggies then you can veggies of your choice.

6.You can even use frozen pack of peas and carrots.

Health Benefits

1.Prevents heart disease

Wheat vermicelli has no fats and cholesterol which cuts the risk of heart diseases.

2.Rich in protein

Wheat vermicelli are great source of protein and is recommended to those who want to promote body muscle.

Do share the recipe if you like it.


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