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Semiya Upma

- submitted by Dahlia on 11-28-2008 

(Vermicelli Salad, Indian Noodles Upma, Seviya Upma, Vermicelli Upma, Semiya Uppittu)

Upma is one of the best tiffin items because they can be prepared in less than 15 minute. Originally upma was made with rava. These days, we see cornmeal upma, semiya upma, ragi semiya upma, cracked wheat upma, rice upma etc etc. Semiya upma is favorite among kids as it resembles noodles. It can be made for breakfast, as a light dinner or a quick evening snack.

Today I am sharing the recipe of the basic south Indian style semiya upma. I will soon be sharing other variations like lemon semiya, coconut semiya, vegetable semiya etc.


  • Semiya (Vermicelli Pasta) - 1.5 cup
  • Water - 1 3/4 cup
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  • Salt - as needed

For Tempering

  • Oil/ Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilly - 2 
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew nuts -  1 tblsp 
  • Curry Leaves - 1 strand


  1. Roast the semiya in a tsp of oil/ ghee till it turns golden brown and keep aside. You could also buy roasted semiya from the store to save time.
  2. Heat oil/ghee in a kadai and splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the channa dal, urad dal, cashew nuts, dry red chillies and curry leaves till it becomes golden brown. 
  3. Add the onions and saute on a low flame just till it sweats.
  4. Now add the exact amount of water specified, add salt to the water and bring it to a boil.
  5. Add the roasted semiya, mix everything and reduce the flame to the lowest setting. Cover with a lid and let the semiya cook undisturbed for 5 minutes till all the water is absorbed.
  6. Switch off and gently toss with a spoon or fork to seperate each string. Serve with coconut chutney or any other chutney or pickle.


  • After sauteing the onions, add some grated coconut and then make the semiya upma as above. This Coconut Semiya Upma has a nice nutty taste.
  • Another variation is tangy Raw Mango Semiya Upma. Saute grated raw mango after you saute the onions and proceed as above.
  • Yet another interesting variation is Lemon Semiya. To make this, prepare the semiya upma as above and add 1 tblsp of lemon juice at the end. You can add a pinch of turmeric powder to the water while cooking the semiya to give it a bright colour.
  • Finally, you can also make the upma more nutritious by cooking mixed vegetables along with the semiya. This is called Semiya Biriyani.

Other Related Recipes 

Rava Coconut Upma Kothamalli Sevai Chicken Semiya Biryani Semiya (Vermicelli) Idli
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Comments (10)

Person kamal d   (February 1, 2016)
amazing n easy creation
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 5, 2016)
Person reshma   (July 26, 2013)
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 28, 2013)
Try it..
Person anju   (July 21, 2013)
good variations.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 22, 2013)
Thank You.
Person olga mendes   (May 6, 2013)
v good and nutritious can have light lunch after this
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 6, 2013)
Person Priya   (May 14, 2012)
Instead of red chilly use green chilly then it will give u more taste than this..............Please try it.....ha ha........
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 14, 2012)
Yes. Recently I've started using green chillies too.

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