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Vermicelli Upma

4.05 from 20 votes
Total: 20 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

Vermicelli Upma

Looking for a healthy breakfast – try out this simple and nutritious Vermicelli Upma recipe for breakfast. Vermicelli is a very thin pasta broken into small strips. The beauty of this vermicelli is that it’s made out of wheat and it cooks up fast. A delicious breakfast that is enjoyed and relished in my house every weekend. Vermicelli can be substituted with angel hair pasta.

Vermicelli needs to be toasted and placed in hot water before cooking. Boiling it in its raw form will result into a lump of wheat dough. While toasting make sure the flame setting is on low and keep stirring as it browns up pretty fast. Do not boil vermicelli rather place them in boiled water for 2-3 minutes until soft. After 2 minutes spoon out some strings of vermicelli – feel them in between your fingers and if they feel soft they are ready for cooking. Drain them till their last drop and allow them to dry out. They will look sticky – don’t worry allow it to dry out and then using a fork fluff them up.

Vermicelli Upma

Improvise and play around with the ingredients – bell peppers, green onions and even peanuts can be added to this recipe. Other way to cook vermicelli upma would be – after toasting vermicelli, keep it aside. Prepare its tempering and add toasted vermicelli to the mix, add enough water to cover vermicelli. Cover and cook till vermicelli has absorbed all the water and is soft.

 Do try out our Sweet Vermicelli recipe – Meethi Seviyan.

Vermicelli upma

Vermicelli Upma

4.05 from 20 votes
A delicious and tasty upma cooked with vegetables and spices - a perfect breakfast to start your day.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE


  • 1.5 cup Whole wheat Vermicelli
  • 1 small Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas and carrots
  • 8 pieces of Curry leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed chili peppers
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Oil


  • Assemble: all the ingredients.
  • In a pan dry toast vermicelli on a low flame.
  • It will be done in 3 minutes. Keep a watch as it gets toasted pretty fast.
  • Boil water in a pan, add 2 teaspoon oil, add toasted vermicelli and let it stand in hot water for 2 minutes. Using a spoon; spoon out some vermicelli and press, if they feel soft - they are ready. If they are still crunchy keep them in hot water for another minute and a half until soft.
  • Drain the water and allow it to cool down completely. Keep boiled vermicelli in open and let it dry out.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a kadhai/pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When they start to sputter mix in chopped onions and saute for a minute. Mix in peas and carrots and cook for another 1 minute.
  • Mix in salt...
  • Crushed red chili.
  • Mix in boiled and cooled vermicelli..
  • And fold it gently with the mixture. Use a gentle hand to mix or else they will get mushy. Take it off the flame and let it sit for couple of minutes before serving.
  • Using a fork fluff them up and serve.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. Anita rawat says:

    Very nicely explained

  2. Neha Sharma says:

    Looking Awesome, Definitely have to try. All recepies of Ruchi’s are toooooo good,specially cheese corn ball.

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks Neha. I think you are confusing me with someone else. I have not published cheese corn balls on my blog as yet!

  3. Tanya wahi says:

    Hi Ruchi

    I tried this recipe too.
    As per the recipe i took frozen peas and carrots.. but my peas and carrots were uncooked and raw . can i boil it in the pressure cooker and then use it?

  4. josephine says:

    Nice recipe but instead of peas I use cupcicum.. Thank you

  5. Richa says:

    Have been making this all wrong these many years, I used to add water in sabzis and roasted vermicelli together and used to wait to water to absorb no wonder my vermicelli used to be very sticky in the end.. tried your way today in breakfast..It was a hit.. Thanks Ruchi!

  6. Monisha says:

    Hello Ruchi seems to be good I am going to try this today. Hope the result comes out well.

  7. Pratibha says:

    Very fine recipe.

  8. Madhu Jhunjhunwala says:

    Very nice recipe, every one liked it