Vermicelli Upma

It’s was evening 5.00 pm and I was dead tired due to a very busy day but super hungry. I was on empty stomach and was too bored to prepare anything usual. It was then that it struck me that I had a packet of vermicelli. It had been a long time that I had prepared this wonderful dish which I really love. Within a matter of 15-20 minutes, I had a delicious and healthy snack ready!!

In my childhood I used to love Maggie (instant noodles), but my mother used to always tell me to eat something healthy. She used to make this upma and used to make me happy it looked similar to my Maggie noodles. Mummy happy, tummy happy!! ;)


Wheat vermicelli – 2 cups
Mustard seeds- ½ teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
Green chilies- 3 finely chopped
Onion (finely sliced) – 1 medium
Carrot (chopped) – ½ cup
Green Peas (shelled) – ½ cup
Capsicum (sliced) – ¼ cup
Oil – 1 ½ teaspoons
Sugar – ½ teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Water (boiling) – 3 cups
Salt – to taste

Procedure –

  • In a pan heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Let it splutter and then add the turmeric powder, green chilies, onions, carrots, green peas, capsicum and sauté well on medium flame.
  • Once the onion becomes transparent add the vermicelli and sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add the boiling water, salt, sugar, lemon juice and mix well.
  • Let it cook on a medium flame with a lid on until all the water is evaporated and the vermicelli is properly cooked.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

Tips –

Add as many veggies as you can to enrich the nutritional value.
You may use vermicelli made of maida i.e. refined flour but using wheat based vermicelli adds to the nutrients.

10 thoughts on “Vermicelli Upma

  1. Ooooo……I remember these…used to be a quick evening snack in the rainy season..after coming home from college..being a no maggi home…this was the best the rainy cold evenings..

  2. Thank you SE, Siddhi and Jayashree for your replies

    SE > Yes it tastes great during rainy season.

    Siddhi > Let me know when you try this :)

    Jayashree > Thanks for the comment on the new blog ;)!! Yes I am totally excited. Thanks for the wishes too..

  3. Awesome tempting vermicilli upma. I too prepare this and is liked by my family too. Thanks for dropping by. You have a nice space with good recipes.


  4. its lovely but i make upma with vermicelli made from wheat,its made during the summer and kept for the year ahead,and i cook little differently,i soak the vermicelli for 30 minutes and then drain it of al the water,put ghee in a kadai and add mustard seeds and udid dal let it splluter add little hing,1 green chilly cut into small piece add karileaves and then add the soaked vermecelli,put salt to taste a.little sugar and stir the whole mixture,take away from gas and garnish with grated coconut,its v. yummy and also healthy,nothing like trying,its not branded variety but u will get them in any Manglorean shop.shanta

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