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Vermicelli/Semiya Upma is a traditional and popular South Indian breakfast made with vermicelli and vegetables
Instant Pot Vermicelli Upma(Semiya Upma)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Vermicelli/Semiya Upma is a traditional and popular South Indian breakfast made with vermicelli and vegetables

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, south indian
Keyword: breakfast recipe, healthy, instant pot, Kids Lunchbox Recipe, nut-free, roasted vermicelli, semiya upma, seviyan upma, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: bhavana
measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml
  1. 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.

  2. In SAUTE mode ,Add ghee or oil and once it's hot add mustard seeds ,jeera and wait until it splutters.

  3. Then add urad dal, green chilies, ginger ,curry leaves, hing ,turmeric powder and saute until urad changes into light golden brown.

  4. Add chopped onion and saute until onion becomes light brown. 

  5. Add chopped mixed vegetables ,roasted vermicelli ,water ,salt and mix well.

  6. Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 

  9. Vermicelli Upma is ready to be enjoyed with coconut chutney

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Vermicelli Upma(Semiya Upma)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 14
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.6g2%
Sodium 91.2mg4%
Potassium 158.5mg5%
Carbohydrates 31.37g10%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5.2g10%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.