Quick Vermicelli Pilaf (Semiya Upma)

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“This is quick and easy version of the vermicelli upma/pilaf. I have not used vegetables here, but feel free to throw in a few veggies to fix a quick meal. This recipe has a very low prep time - you only need to chop onions, chillies and ginger.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a wok, heat oil and once its hot add the following: mustard, bengal gram, black gram, red chillies, curry leaves.
  2. Wait for mustard to splutter, and for the other items to change color. Add chopped ginger, green chillies, cashews and chopped onions. Gently stir.
  3. After onions change color slightly, add vermicelli and gently stir for a few minutes to uniformly spread heat.
  4. Add one cup water, curry leaves and salt.
  5. Allow for vermicelli to cook well and absorb all water. Adjust with a few more drops of water if the dish dries up quickly.
  6. Reduce green chillies if you do not want it spicy.

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