Vermicelli/Semiya Upma is a traditional and popular South Indian breakfast made with vermicelli and vegetables. It is a quick and healthy dish that you can cook easily in just 15-20 minutes with simple ingredients.
Vermicelli is known by various local names in India. In Kannada it is known as Shavige, Telugu name for vermicelli is Semiya or sevalu, and Seviyan in North India.
Vermicelli Upma is a Kids friendly recipe.It makes for a good breakfast or a packed lunch box for both kids and adults.Kids love it because they think its kind of pasta or noodles.Vermicelli are made from either rice or wheat.I usually use wheat semiya of either Bambino or MTR Brand.
Today i am showing how to make Vermicelli Upma in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker .I prefer to use Bambino vermicelli to make this upma. The ratio of vermicelli and water is 1:1.25 in the instant pot ,but may depends on the quality and type of vermicelli used.Now a days ready roasted vermicelli’s are also available in the market which makes the cooking faster and quicker .
WHICH VERMICELLI / SEMIYA CAN I USE FOR THIS RECIPE?
There’s a huge variety of vermicelli varieties available in the market e.g. made from rice, semolina or wheat flour.I have used Indian vermicelli made up of wheat flour which is roasted and easily available in indian grocery stores or amazon.
HOW TO ROAST VERMICELLI IF YOU HAVE UNROASTED VARIETY?
If you have unroasted vermicelli in your pantry then you need to roast in little oil for 3-4 minutes or till it gets light brown color.I used roasted Bambino Vermicelli to make this upma, but you can use any other brand too.
HOW TO MAKE THIS VERMICELLI UPMA ON THE STOVETOP?
I have shared stovetop vegetable vermicelli upma here
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Vermicelli/Semiya Upma is a traditional and popular South Indian breakfast made with vermicelli and vegetables
- 1 cup Bambino vermicelli (semiya) , roasted
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup mix veggies (carrot,beans,peas,capsicum,corn)
- 2 green chillies , finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
- 1/4 teaspoon jeera (cumin) seeds
- 1 teaspoon spilt urad dal
- 1 pinch of hing(asafoetida)
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon ginger , minced
- 1.5 tablespoon oil or ghee
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro) for garnish
- juice of half lemon
- salt to taste
Dry roast Vermicelli in the instant pot itself untill it turns light golden brown on Saute Mode.I have used store brought roasted bambino vermicelli for this recipe.
In SAUTE mode ,Add ghee or oil and once it's hot add mustard seeds ,jeera and wait until it splutters.
Then add urad dal, green chilies, ginger ,curry leaves, hing ,turmeric powder and saute until urad changes into light golden brown.
Add chopped onion and saute until onion becomes light brown.
Add chopped mixed vegetables ,roasted vermicelli ,water ,salt and mix well.
Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.
Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 1 minute.When the instant pot beeps, do a 5 minute NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR), which means release pressure manually 5 minutes after the instant pot beeps.If you are in a hurry, you can also do a QUICK PRESSURE RELEASE (QR) manually.
Remove the steel insert from the instant pot and add lemon juice and garnish with fresh cilantro/coriander leaves and gently fluff the vermicelli with a fork.
Vermicelli Upma is ready to be enjoyed with coconut chutney
1. Make sure to use roasted vermicelli, raw vermicelli will become mushy.
2. You can use vegetables of your choice.
3.For kids box you can replace oil with ghee.Makes it more healthier choice.Also you can reduce the green chillies.
4.You can also add roasted cashews or peanuts(groundnuts) to make it more healthy and crunchier.
5.If you do not have a Instant pot,Here are the instructions to make it on stove top.
6.You can double the recipe with the same cooking time.
7.I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.