Vegetable Semiya/Vermicelli Upma is a breakfast dish prepared with vermicelli pasta. There are many different ways that one can prepare this by using the vegetables of ones choice. I have used beans, carrots, peas, potatoes besides onions and tomatoes. If you are short on time, a simple vermicelli upma with just onions can also be made which tastes equally good.
Think semia or vermicelli and you instantly picture the famous south Indian ‘semia upma’ or the ‘semia payasam'(sweet pudding), also the ‘sevaiyan’ a similar milk-based sweet dish prepared during Ramzan is made using vermicelli.
The vermicelli upma prepared today has lots of vegetables thereby making it a wholesome dish that can be taken for lunch or dinner and easily carried in a lunchbox.
Though the vermicelli comes in roasted form, it is better to roast it on a hot kadai with little oil. This will prevent the vermicelli from becoming sticky when added to water later.