Monday, September 10, 2012

Vermicelli Vegetable Upma

I am not sure what to call this dish, upma or stir fry... We usually have this for breakfast, so lets call it Upma.. This is my son favourite dish.. he calls it maggie.. :), and am happy as am giving him something healthy.. 

Here I have used Vermicelli made from Hard wheat Semolina. The more vegetables you put, the more tastier it becomes.. You can cut vegetables in thin length wise or small diced ones as i did..

Its important to dry roast the vermicelli till it becomes light brown(otherwise it becomes sticky after cooked).. Alternatively you can buy the roasted vermicelli packet from the super market, in that way you can skip the roasting part and directly boil them.. 


2 cups wheat vermicelli
1 big onion sliced and cut in middle
1 carrot chopped
few french beans chopped
1/2 capsicum chopped
1 medium tomato chopped
few curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of hing
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 green chillies sliced
1/2 inch ginger chopped finely
few strands of coriander leaves chopped
salt as per taste


Firstly roast vermicelli and then boil it in hot water with little salt and 1/2 tsp of oil for 3-4 minutes or till vermicelli can break when pressed between two fingers.. the key point is not to overcook the vermicelli. Drain in strainer and pour cold water on it to avoid overcooking as it continues cooking when its hot.

The second part is to make the vegetable mixture. Heat oil in the pan and add mustard seeds and let it splutter.. After that add ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and cook for few seconds. Now put hing and chopped onion and fry till onion turns light brown.. Then add chopped vegetables (carrot, french beans and capsicum) and fry for sometime till its half cooked. Now add tomato and salt and cook for few minutes with lid on.. till tomato becomes little mushy and all vegetables are cooked but still little crunchy. Now add turmeric powder and mix well. Add boiled and drained vermicelli and half of coriander leaves and mix well.. Cover the lid and cook on steam on slow flame for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and stir once again , and then add the remaining coriander leaves and close the flame. Serve hot.

Delicious and healthy..

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