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Sevai Upma

Sevai Upma

Jui Chakrapani
Sevai upma is veggie loaded vermicelli that makes for a good breakfast. The breakfast is filling and works best for make ahead.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 cup Rice Sevai vermicelli
  • 1/4 cup Yellow onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Carrots chopped thin
  • 1/4 cup Green peas
  • 1/4 cup Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 4 Green chilies Indian/Thai
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 4-5 Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • fresh cilantro/coriander finely chopped


  • In a deep wok, add 2 tbsp oil and heat on medium flame.
  • Now add 2 tbsp peanuts and let it fry for 1 minute.
  • Once the peanuts start changing color (to brownish), immediately add mustard seeds, cumin and 4 chopped chilies.
  • Add curry leaves and 1 tbsp grated ginger.
  • Now add 1/2 yellow onion finely chopped to the pan. Add 1 tsp turmeric.
  • Mix everything well and cover the pan with lid. Cook for 5 mins until the onions are translucent.
  • Once the onions look cooked, add 1 chopped tomato, 1/2 cup chopped carrots and 1/2 cup frozen peas.
  • Mix everything well. Cover the pan with lid and cook for 5 mins.
  • Now reduce the flame to low and add 1 cup of sevai-vermicelli.
  • Add salt as per taste and mix everything well.
  • Now add 1 cup water and  stir everything together. 
  • Cover the pan with lid and cook for 5 mins on mid- low (lower end of the medium flame).
  • If you feel the Sevai is undercooked, add 1/4 cup water and cook for 2 more mins.
  • After 2 mins, remove the cover and fluff up the upma with fork.
  • Sprinkle some lemon juice and garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve warm with masala chai.
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