Friday, January 14, 2011

Simeyi Upma(Vermecelli upma)

                   Simeyi or Vermicelli is made from hard wheat semolina. Its healthy and tasty in any kind preparation.Be it Kheer, Pulav, Upma . After getting sensitive to sugar, I switched myself to cooking this beautiful and tasty dish Simeyi Upma. I remember eating the regular sooji  upma in many places, but the one I ate at "Gajanana Restaurant " is the best one. Their they put vermicelli into the sooji  upma. While eating the upma , the strands of vermicelli comes in view. It looks attractive and tastes awsome. Feeling homesick and nostalgic remembering  delicious food.
Home sweet home , there is no place like home. Your home is there, where your heart is.

Simeyi Upma:-


2 cups vermicelli or simeyi.
4 cups of water.
2tbsp oil.
11/2 cup chopped vegetables( potato, carrot, beans, peas)
1 tomato diced into cubes.
2 onion, thinly sliced.
1 tsp of ginger garlic paste.
1/2 tsp cumin powder.
1 tsp coriander powder.
whole garam masalas( clove, bay leaf, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom).
 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 bunch mint leaves chopped.
1-2 green chillies, silted.
salt .


                  Take a deep pan on flame. Roast the vermicelli slightly , pour water in it.  Add on 4-5 drops of oil to the boiling vermicelli(that way it wont stick to each other). When cooked , take it out, strain it with a strainer and keep aside.

Put the  pan on flame again. Pour oil , add the garam masalas, green chili and mint leaves, saute it for 1 min then add the onion slices. Fry till the onion changes its colour to translucent. Add the chopped vegetables, fry it for 3-4 mins. Add the tomato slices, cook it for 3-4 mins, then add the ginger garlic paste. Stir it properly so that it will mix with the vegetables, add the cumin powder and coriander powder. Let the vegetables to be cooked by stirring it occasionally  and covering it. After  the vegetables are done, add on the boiled vermicelli or simeyi. Put salt as per your taste, garnish with the chopped cilantro.
(You can put 1 tsp pepper powder  to enhance the taste) .

Now the beautiful and tasty Simeyi Upma is ready to be served. Enjoy with your chai cuppa !