Monday, 7 May 2007

Vermicelli Uppuma

'Vermicelli' is an Italian word called 'little worms' (sounds gross…doesn’t matter anyway). In Tamil it is called as 'Semiya'. There are various dishes prepared using Semiya/Vermicelli. Here is a simple recipe for Vermicelli Uppuma.

Semiya - 2 Cups
Onion - 1 Medium
Green Peas - 2/3 Cup (Frozen)
Red Chilli - 3 (or more based on your taste)
Bengal Gram/ Channa Dhal - 2 Tsp
Urad Dhal - 2 Tsp
Mustard - 1 Tsp
Cumin - 1 Tsp
Salt - As Required
Oil - 3 Tsp
Ghee - 1 Tsp

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry semiya until golden brown and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil and splutter mustard.
  3. Add Cumin seeds, Channa Dhal and Urad Dhal and fry until golden brown.
  4. Add Onion , red chilli and curry leaves and fry.
  5. Add Green peas and add 3 cups of water (Semiya:Water - 1:1.5) and allow it to boil.
  6. Now add some salt (as per taste) and add semiya.
  7. Leave in stove for 10 mins (until it absorbs the water).
  8. Pour one teaspoon of ghee.


  • Beans, Carrot can also be added.
  • Cashew can be added along with other dhal.

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