Jan 12, 2011

Savory Semya Upma

Though I am not a big fan of Upma, my better half and wonderful son are big lovers of Upma. So I have started chasing down the recipes for all kinds of Upma. Here is the easy one made with Semya ( Vermicelli or rice noodles) where the whole family can enjoy this savory breakfast together. Enjoy!

Semya  (Vermicelli) - 2 Cups
Onion   - 1/2 medium
Green Chillies - 2 or3
Ginger  - 1 inch stick
Mixed Vegetables ( frozen) - 1 cup
Tomato  - 1 medium
Cashew Nuts  1 Tbsp
Red Chillies   - 2
Salt - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Yello Split Dal - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 5 to 6
Cilantro - 1 Tbsp
Lime Juice  - 1 tsp

1. Boil 5 cups of water  in a Pot on the stove
2. Take a Pan fry the vermicelli for 1 or 2 min, until it gets light brown color
3. When the water is boiling, add the vermicelli to it
4. Take a Pan and add oil and once the oil is hot, add red chillies, followed by urad dal, and yellow split dal, once these turns brown, add the cumin seeds followed by mustard seeds, wait until the mustard seeds start spluttering and then add the curry leaves. (This process is called seasoning (तड़का / తాలింపు / పోపు )  and very basic and important step in Indian cooking for most of the recipes.)
5. Add the Ginger slices, followed by green chillies and thinley slices onions, after frying the onions for 1 min, then add the Caheew nuts.
6. Once the vermicelli is boiling on the other stove ( for 3 to 4 min at most), turn off the heat and drain the vermicelli in colander and keep it under running cold water ( to stop vermicelli cooking anymore). This makes the Vermicelli very fluffy and not mushy and soggy. This is the KEY step for your recipe turn out from good to best.
7. Mean while thaw the frozen vegetables in the microwave for 1 min ( or 2 min).
8. Add the mixed vegetables to the pan,  followed by chopped tomatoes, once they are cooked well add the salt and close the lid and cook for 2 min
9. Then add the drained vermicelli to the pan, mix it well and gently. Add the chopped cilantro.
10. Turn off the stove and sprinkle the lime juice and mix it well. Give 3 min to cool down (all the flavors gets sink in) and serve in the plates and enjoy this yummy breakfast on any day with your whole family.

Serving Tip:  You can serve this as a breakfast in the morning or take out in your lunch box for lunch. This is my all time savier for lunch box when I am out of rice or roti.

Hint:  When you are frying the vermicelli keep watching it as Vermicelli can get burned too quickly. You can also get the roasted Vermicelli in the stores, in that case you can skip this step in the preparation.



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