Sewiyan Upma

The desi noodles or vermicelli better known as ‘Sewiyan Upma’ is a fast food which tastes yum and is actually healthy.You can cook it within 15 mins and it has the goodness of vegetables which you can add to it as per your choice.Vermicelli unlike noodle brands,is made from wheat durum like some other types of pasta and need to be cooked al dente’ .Best part about ‘Sewiyan Upma’ is it is versatile,you can choose to flavour vermicelli according to the veggies you like,add carrots,shallots,peas,capsicum,tomatoes with a dash of lemon or just serve it in yogurt DIY as you like.I find this meal very nourishing and my healthy alternative to noodles on Sunday or any other weekday.It is also healthier and lighter than having traditional paranthas for breakfast.Most mothers do find ways to feed their kids with veggies and this is a great recipe for working moms who are always running short of time balancing both home chores and office workloads.It is also a regular feature at tea time in various canteens in Maharashtra,Andhra ,Telangana and Karnataka.

Sewiyan Upma
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 cup vermicelli
  2. 2 cups of water
  3. 1 onion chopped length wise
  4. 1 medium sized carrot chopped finely
  5. 2 small tomatoes diced
  6. 1 bowl of frozen peas thawed
  7. Salt as per taste
For tempering
  1. 2 tbsp oil
  2. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  3. 1/2 piece of ginger diced
  4. Few curry leaves
  5. 1/2 tsp bengal gram or channa dal
  6. 1 tsp split black gram or urad dal
  7. 1 tsp red chilly powder
  8. 1 tsp turmeric optional
  9. Few cashews roasted for garnishing.
For vermicelli
  1. In a pan heat 2-3 cups of water till it comes to a boil.
  2. Add vermicelli with a drop of oil and a pinch of salt.
  3. Let it soften for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain the water and keep it aside.
For Tempering
  1. In another pan,heat oil add cashews and roast them till they are slightly brown.
  2. Remove cashews and keep it aside for garnish.
  3. Now, add mustard seeds,ginger,chillies, curry leaves,urad and channa dal.
  4. Add onions and saute them till they turn pinkish.
  5. Add carrot and saute for 2-3 mins.
  6. Add tomatoes and green peas and 1 tbsp salt.
  7. Saute till tomatoes soften.
  8. Add red chillly powder and turmeric and mix well.
  9. Now add vermicelli to this veggie mix and add a pinch of salt.
  10. Mix well and garnish this with cashews and add a dash of lime.
  11. Remove it from the pan and serve hot.
  1. You can add desiccated coconut along with peas for a variation.This will add more fibre to the recipe.
  2. Serve hot with tea/coffee/badam milk.
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