Semiya Upma

Semiya Upma

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Sevaiya is a South Indian term used for vermicelli. Semiya Upma is a variation of the popular and common South Indian upma recipe, using vermicelli instead of semolina.

Kids and adults alike love the silky texture and noodle-like appearance of vermicelli, so the Vermicelli Upma is sure to be an instant hit with the whole family.

What is more, this Semiya Upma snack is also easy to prepare and so a good choice when you need to prepare a meal within minutes after a long day of work!

Enjoy how to make Semiya Upma recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.

Semiya Upma recipe - How to make Semiya Upma

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For Semiya Upma
2 cups rice vermicelli (seviyan)
2 1/2 tsp oil
salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
2 tsp urad dal (split black lentils)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 tbsp lemon juice

For Serving With Semiya Upma
coconut chutney

For semiya upma

    For semiya upma
  1. To make semiya upma, combine the vermicelli, ½ tsp of oil, salt and 2 cups of hot water in a bowl and mix well. Cover and keep aside for about 8 to 10 minutes or till the vermicelli turns soft. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and urad dal.
  3. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vermicelli, coriander, lemon juice and a little salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve the semiya upma hot with coconut chutney.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy107 cal
Protein2.3 g
Carbohydrates17.2 g
Fiber0.5 g
Fat3.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium6.1 mg
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Semiya Upma recipe with step by step photos

Tips to make Semiya Upma

  1. Many people even prefer roasting the vermicelli before submerging it in hot water. Boiling it in its raw form might result into a lump of wheat dough if not done carefully.
  2. To give a crunchy bite, you can also add peanuts or cashew nuts to the Vermicelli Upma recipe.
  3. To make the Semiya Upma more flavourful, you can add turmeric powder, chilli powder or a little garam masala.
  4. If you enjoyed this recipe of Semiya Upma, also check out other upma recipes like: 

How to boil Vermicelli for Semiya Upma

  1. To make Semiya Upma, measure 2 cups of vermicelli, this is how it should look. Do not use the small one as it can turn out to be lumpy. 
  2. Boil enough water , remove from the flame and add the vermicelli and immerse it fully in the water using a spoon.
  3. Add ½ tsp of oil and a little salt. The oil prevents the seviyan from clumping together after cooking.
  4. Mix well, cover and keep aside for about 8-10 minutes or till the vermicelli is soft.
  5. Spoon out some strings of vermicelli – feel them in between your fingers and if they feel soft they are ready for cooking the vermicelli upma. You can even bite into one to understand the texture as you like.
  6. Drain the vermicelli and keep aside.

How to make Semiya Upma

  1. For making the Semiya Upma, heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in a broad non-stick pan. You can even make use of ghee if you like
  2. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds.
  3. Also, add the urad dal. Also, you can toss in some chana dal in this tempering of vermicelli upma recipe.
  4. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the onions.
  5. Add the green chillies. The quantity can be adjusted to suit your palate.
  6. Sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes or  till the onions turn translucent, while stirring.
  7. Add the vermicelli.
  8. Add the coriander.
  9. Add the lemon juice. It provides a pleasant tangy hint to the Semiya Upma.
  10. Add a little more salt if required, mix Semiya Upma well and cook over a medium flame for another 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring gently.
  11. Serve the Semiya Upma immediately.


Sevaiyan Upma
 on 24 May 17 10:18 PM

It is very good in taste instead of sweet dish of sevaiyan Thank you
Tarla Dalal
25 May 17 12:51 PM
   Hi Shiv , we are delighted you loved the Sevaiyan Upma recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Sevaiyan Upma
 on 27 Sep 16 09:38 PM

Mam your are good.i tried & it was really gave me confidence to cook more.please can u post how to make biscuits in OTG. as u posted jain foods( even don''t eat @ hotels). Thank u.??
Tarla Dalal
28 Sep 16 08:59 AM
   Hi Praveena, We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Yes do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Below are some biscuit recipes,
सेवईयां उपमा
 on 27 Sep 16 03:14 PM

Sevaiya ka upma Nirali recipe hai ....lekin bhadi swadhist aur mazzedar hai. Banane mein bhi aassan hai
Sevaiyan Upma
 on 06 Dec 14 12:26 PM

I was so bored of having the same sooji upma everyday... This is a great new twist.. I loved this authentic south indian sevaiyaan upma.. which is little spicy and tastes just like the upma.. The smooth and silky texture of sevaiyaan makes it more attractive to kids as well as adults. .