Vermicelli upama ( Semolina noodles )

Vermicelli upama or Semolina noodles is a popular Indian Breakfast/Lunch/Snack dish.

Its thinner than spaghetti noodles and you can use plain semolina or wheat semolina to prepare this dish.

I was inspired by Hetal and Anuja from to prepare this lovely dish and it came out awesome.

Try it out and Enjoy!



  • Vermicelli (semolina noodles ) – 2.5 cups
  • Chopped Onion – 1 cup
  • Chopped Green chilli – 1 or 2 chillies
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp
  • Grated or cubed carrots – 1 cup
  • Green Peas – 1/4 cup
  • Boiling water – 2 cups
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Chopped Cilantro – for garnish
  • Salt

For tadka / tempering:

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 stem
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Chana daal ( small split chickpeas) – 1tsp
  • Moong daal ( split beans ) – 1tsp
  • Optional: Peanuts – 1 tbsp
  • Cashewnuts – 1tbsp


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet and roast the vermicelli till light brown and until it becomes crisp and keep aside. ( Or you may buy roatsed Vermicelli from the department store)
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds crack, add the curry leaves.
  • Add the chana daal and moong daal and fry till it becomes mild brown. ( You may fry peanuts and cashew nuts at this point as per your wish, I did not have those so dint use any)
  • Then add the chopped green chillies and ginger and turmeric powder and once sauted for a while add the Onions and saute them till light pink.
  • Add the grated carrots and peas and saute for 1 min.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add it to the mixture of onions and veggies.
  • Add the roasted vermicelli and add salt.( adding a lilttle extra salt helps it to get infused better with the semolina noodles as it has no salt )
  • Cover the skillet and let the vermicelli mix with the boiled water at medium heat.
  • Stir once in between and keep closed until fully cooked.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.
  • You may use veg or non-veg ingredients and add extra spice as per your wish and serve with coconut chutney or ketchup.


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Vermicelli upama ( Semolina noodles )