Saturday, February 11, 2012

Multi Grain Vermicelli Porridge (Semiya Upma)

South Indian Vegetarian Breakfast Special

Andhra Cuisine
Multi Grain Vermicelli Porridge (Semiya Upma)

Serves 2

Multi Grain Vermicelli (Semiya)- 2 Cups

Onions- 1 No., Finely Sliced
Tomatoes- 2 Nos., Finely Sliced
Ginger- 1 Inch, Finely Sliced 
Green Chillies- 2 Nos., Slit
French Beans- 7-8 Nos., Finely Sliced
Carrots- 1 Medium, Finely Sliced
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 2 Tbsp.
Water- 3 Cups

For Tempering:
Raw Peanuts- 1 Tbsp.
Chana Dal- ½ Tsp.
Urad Dal- ½ Tsp.
Mustard Seeds (Rai)- ¼ Tsp.
Jeera- ¼ Tsp.
Asafoetida (Hing)- a Pinch
Curry Leaves- 7-8 Nos.

Salt- To Taste
Fresh Lemon Juice- As Desired
Fresh Coriander Leaves- For Garnish

In a Bowl, Soak the Vermicelli with just enough water to cover it for about 3-4 Minutes

In an Idli Steamer, steam this Soaked Vermicelli till it is cooked

Heat Oil in a Non Stick Wide Skillet (Kadhai)
Add Peanuts & Saute till Color changes
Add Mustard Seeds & Saute till Seeds Splutter
Add Chana Dal, Urad Dal & Cumin Seeds till the Dals change Color
Add Curry Leaves & Asafoetida & Sauté
Add Ginger, Green Chillies & Sauté
Add Onions, Pinch of Salt & Sauté
Add Sliced Tomatoes & Sauté till they mix well with the Onions

Slowly Add the Steamed Vermicelli & Mix Well
Squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice, Sprinkle Coriander Leaves & Serve Hot with Andhra Ginger/Mango Pickle! 


Bengali- Shemai
English- Vermicelli
Hindi- Seviyan
Gujarati- Sev
Kannada- Shavige
Malayalam- Semiya
Tamil- Semiya
Telugu- Semiya/Sevalu
Urdu- Seviyan
This is an excellent Breakfast choice for the Health Conscious, Diabetics or just as a Variety of the Regular Vermicelli!
It also provides a Look & Taste of Noodles which goes down very well with Kids & Adults like to pass of as an All Time Favourite Snack or an Easy to Make Quick Fix for Lunch Boxes or just as Comfort Food! 

Be careful not to overcook the Vermicelli so that it becomes sticky in the Steamer
Assorted Boiled Vegetables includes French Beans, Carrots, Peas etc. which can be Washed, Peeled, finely Sliced & Boiled Ahead to save time in Cooking

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)


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