Jul 24, 2012

Semya Pulao ( Step - by - Step)

Usually when I have to sign up for the dishes for Potluck Gathering, I try to make something flavorful, Indian, can be eaten on it'w own, with a little mess. Today I will be featuring such dish 'Semya Pulao' which I have taken to my office potluck recently. It tastes as good as it is, but knowing my colleagues spice level, I have paired it with Onion and Tomato Raita. They certainly 'Aah-Ooh' about the combination and was a super hit at the Potluck. Here is the recipe, Enjoy!

Semya Pulao
Semya -  2 cup
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Butter - 1 Tbsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Clove - 2 to 3
Star Anise - 2
Cardamom - 1
Nutmeg  - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 2
Cinnamon - 4 to 5 ( 1 inch sticks)

Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
salt - 2 tsp
black pepper - 1/2 tsp

Onion - 1/2 medium
Green Chili - 1
Mixed veg (frozen) - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1
Tomato - 1

Cilantro ( coriander leaves) - 1 Tbsp
Mint - 1 Tbsp
Lime - 1
Cashew Nuts - 10 (optional)

Preparatory Steps:
Boil 4 cups of water and set aside. ( or heat in the microwave for 5 min).

Heat the non-stick pan and add oil to it. Once the oil is hot add cumin seeds, clove, cardamom, Star Anise, Nut meg, Cinnamon, Bay leaf. Fry for 1 min.
Add chopped onion, green chili. Once the onions are translucent add ginger garlic paste. Add 1 tsp salt. 
Once the raw smell goes away, Add chopped potato and fry for 3 min. Add Chopped tomato and black pepper. Fry until the tomato oozes the juices and potatoes gets cooked along with it.

 Thaw the frozen vegetable in microwave for 2 min, and add it to the pan. mix very well. cook for 2 min. Add chopped cilantro and mint. 

Now, add the semya to the pan and mix well until it gets coated.( for 2 min). Add 1 tsp of salt.

Add the half of the boiled water and close the lid and let it cook for 5 min.

Now based on the cooked texture of semya, add remaining water in increments and cook it, until the semya gets cooked and fluffy but not mushy and soggy. ( this is very critical step).

Add butter and fried cahsew nuts to the pan and mix it well. Butter makes the semya separate from each other and helps to give the shine. 

Semya Pualo
Now, we are almost done. Switch off the heat and serve into Platter and squeeze a dash of lime on top and serve with Onion and Tomato Raita on the side for a complete indulging meal...

I want to share a secret today with you, when I have planned to make this dish for Office Potluck, I don't have time to go to Indian Store and get the Semya. Usually My pantry will be full with semya but with our recent move, i did not stock up any indian staples yet. I was browsing in the international aisle in the walmart, and come across this mexican fideos which almost resemble like semya (vermicelli). they are little thicker than semya though. Today I have made this dish with my interest finding... it came out as superb as if i have made this with real semya.

Mexican Fideos

So, don't be panic when you don't have semya handy, if you can run to any super market near by and get this. I know my foreign readers can take super advantage of this tip. :-)

will meet you here with another great recipe..


  1. looks delicious and feeling hungry here....never heard or tried these fideos, nice substitute for our Indian Semiya....thanks for sharing this info :)

  2. Perfectly made, nice colourful pulao.

  3. Semiya pulao looks delicious.

  4. Filled with veggies, bet it taste as yummy as it looks


  5. Looks so yummy.. thanks for stopping by my blog
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  6. Healthy and nice twist to the regular rice pulao!

  7. liked the idea of using mexican fideos for pulao

  8. well-made.. looks so colorful and yummy.. very tempting!!!

  9. Delicious pulao!!will try it soon...

  10. Looks good


  11. That's a yummy pulao... I love semiya in savory dishes...

    Thank you for your comment I'm glad to have found your collection of recipes... :)

  12. Nice recipe... it looks like rice pulav. My semiya always turns out to be sticky. Will try this one.

  13. Flavorful and yummy semya pulao :)
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  14. Semya upma is always loved at home! Looks great dear!

  15. Hi Mythreyi ,

    Looks delicious !!!

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  16. pulao look so delicious n perfectly done

  17. good recipe mythreyi.. and that's one way i think i can coax navin for another version of semiya.. i normally make semiya upma or the rolls..

  18. OMG! its looks so delicious i will surely going to try this. Thank you

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  19. It looks very easy to cook and very tasty to eat. I will surely make it.

  20. wow Mythreyi this is wonderfully tasty. Wish I was in ur office and at the receiving end of this lovely pulao. when I make this semiya it turns out what is very beautifully called by the kids as "pachak" so I make it like hakka noodles. This way that you have made i will try out.
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  21. WOW...looks fresh, colorful and delicious. Very very good recipe!!:)

  22. OMG...I'm drooling...I love rice and pulao...definitely going to try this....thank you for sharing...



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