Friday, August 12, 2011

Veggie Vermicelli Uppma

Work at office is becoming so very hectic day by day... Do u think that I am telling this more often. Oh yeah. I am!!! My last post also had the same starting. Oh guys but this forum is the only place where I can blabber and u guys hear. So please am sorry.

Food blogging has introduced me to many easy and yummy recipes. Thanks to you guys, I have got to know many recipes which are coming in handy in these critical situations. This is one such recipe.

Apart from cooking and blogging, the only refreshing and regular task that I do these days is my early morning work-out. Running the thread-mill without giving a thought about the day has become my perfect hobby. On the whole, I need a break from work. Not 3 or 4 days but a minimum of 1 month. I need time to cook, to bake, to browse thru' recipes, to decorate my blog, to try new recipes, to breathe in the mesmerizing smell of freshly baked bread, to work-out regularly, to rejuvenate myself with energy, to relax my nerves and to do many more...

I am tired with the regular dosas with regular chutneys, repeating occurrences of uppma versions (--vermicelli, semolina, / broken wheat) on our dinner plates. I want something new, something tasty, something simple yet simply out of the world. Morning when I drive my vehicle towards office, I just think "Have to leave early from office. Bake something sweet and nice, cook a different menu for dinner"... But some or the other work comes up and I am turning home late. Exhausted and drained out of energy, I just have no other option than to make the usual dosas / upmas for our dinner. One comforting deed is that I vary my side dishes. It is not just plain chutneys but I make different curries.

So whenever I come across a simple and different recipe, I bookmark it and dump it into my kitty. One such recipe is the Spiced Vegetable Upma from A2Z Healthy cuisine. I had a glance and fell totally in love with the color. I usually make a similar dish with broken wheat but never had the idea to try it out with vermicelli. I tweaked the recipe to vary the spiciness and had it with some curd and I am in love with this recipe.

~*What U Need*~
Semiya/Vermicelli - 2 cups
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Chopped Vegetables - 1/2 cup
Onion(Large) - 1
Green Chilli(slit lengthwise) - 1
Ginger(finely chopped) - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Salt - as needed
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Channa dhal - 1/2 tsp
Groundnuts - a handful
Red chilli - 1
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs

How I Made it:
I used roasted vermicelli and hence skipped the step of roasting. But if you are using plain vermicelli then add 1 tsp of oil to a kadai and roast your broken vermicelli till it turns light golden brown on low heat. Slice the onions and chop the veggies. I used beans, carrot, capsicum. You can add veggies of ur choice - potatoes, green peas, sweet corn etc.
In a non stick pan, add oil and when hot add the mustard seeds and allow to crackle, then add the cumin seeds and roast.
Then goes in the curry leaves, urad-, channa dhal, red-, green chilli and groundnuts and fry till brown.
Add the onions and saute till transparent. Now add the veggies and fry for 3 mins.
Add the salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Adding chilli powder is totally upto you. For us the green and red chillies itself seemed to satisfy the heat and hence I skipped it.
Add water to this and allow it to boil. Check if the veggies have softened and when done add the vermicelli.
Cover with lid and cook till the vermicelli has puffed up and is completely done and non-sticky.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot for breakfast/snack. The dish itself is complete with all the veggies and spiciness but you can also serve a simple chutney as an accompaniment.
My note: Try it with some fresh not so sour-curd and U will love it.

Even-though I skipped adding the red chilli powder, I felt that the dish was spicy still and hence used curd to cool down the heat. Sounds different though, but tasted good... :))) The only time consuming part of this recipe is roasting the vermicelli and chopping the vegetables. Both of which you can cut down by getting store-bought roasted vermicelli (I use ANIL brand) and by asking your husband to go chop!! chop!! with the veggies. Mr.A liked it to the regular upma that I make and I liked it because of the wholesome meal we had. To me veggies in my plate completes my meal.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

Signs off!!!
Have a great and yummy weekend...

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  1. i love vermicelli upma.. when i was a kid and wanted to eat the 'forbidden' instant noodles, i would ask mom to make this instead and pretend they were noodles by eating with a fork when everyone else used spoons :-)
    Hey, how can you give us new recipes with such regularity after such hectic days in office. And diligently run on the treadmill too.. I do like one 40 minute work out once every six months or something.. You are amazing!

  2. Looks rich and colorful.. My fav..

  3. Very colorful and delicious looking upma. Wonderful preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. My fav upma anytime,simply inviting and filling.

  5. You don't need a break but a long holiday. Come over to my home and I'll take good care of you pa. upma is too good with its rich and vibrant color.

  6. Working as a software engineer with a family and spending tme for ur blog is not easy... Totally understand your work pressure... been there.. experienced it... :)
    Btw.. this is delicious looking upma..

  7. i know h tough it is for a working woman to manage everything...u r great vimitha among ur busy n hectic work u do blogging..thats great n also it gives u some relaxation when u share ur feelings n happiness with worries u can share with us i am ready to read...veg vermicelli upma i also my fav n it looks so yummy..i wont add peanuts ,will try next time ...have a pleasant weekend!!!

  8. This is one of those traditional dish which i can never make to perfection but my husband makes this just so awsm. This looks perfect and flavorful!

  9. Looks colourful dear. Love it. Perfect and quick to make.


  10. i make this often at home, my son too love this, ur version sounds great n delicious..

  11. @ La@Food Slice. Dear, only blogging and cooking is giving me a comfort on these days and hence I find solace by cooking out different yet simple things.
    @ Radhi. Thanks a lot sweetie. I was really so happy when I read ur comment. Putting such words to a total stranger is not a simple thing and I am really happy the way blogging has introduced me to U. Thanks a ton dearie.
    @ Krithi. Yes dear, work life balance is very important and when ur work consumes more time, ur mind freaks out totally.
    @ Sangee. Totally agree with u dear. Initially I watched TV and read novels for relaxation, but i was not contented with that. But now cooking and blogging has given me a contented feeling and I am relaxed with that. Thanks for being there dear.
    @ All, Thanks for continuous support guys. Love u all

  12. Yummy breakfast which i always like to have it once in a week and will try to do it regularly.Having a nice collection of recipes and happy to follow u.Thanks for leaving nice comments in my space.

  13. Hey vimitha...i know how taxing & hectic work life can be...I had been through the same.. :( But yes...dishes like this vermicelli makes for a yummy, relaxing meal!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. Sometimes the day to day life can get really draining. But don't worry this's just a passing phase. And keep smiling! I know how good this upma is cos I make it once in a while. You pictures make it more tempting!

    Btw, I'm loving all the new work on your blog.. looks totally cool, especially the prologue after the title.

  15. Even I was in the same state while I was working...So I can perfectly understand how you feel. I'm on a year long break from work and have to join work from December. This break has bought lots of welcome change in me..Time to spend with my daughter, cook new dishes, starting my own blog and browsing through all the yummy blogs and drooling :-) I wonder how much time I will get for all these once I start working.

  16. Yummy upma and nice comforting comments Vimitha!:)

  17. Work is crazy with me too! Totally agree that food bloggers saved many of my dinner plans :) Love your recipe and shall definitely try it! Thanks for sharing!

  18. yummy and quick delicious meal! we make it at home a lot :)

  19. I like this recipe. Quick and delicious dish to ease all hectic days...

  20. Oh dear, this sounds very interesting. Never tried a savory dish with Vermicelli before, this looks so colorful & tempting :)

  21. At times work can b hectic n boring too..u shud take a break for couple of weeks and that will make all difference:-)Now i am soo looking forward to Xmas company shutdown!!
    By the way vermicelli looks soo comforting..:-)

  22. My favorite! I know what i have to make for dinner now :)

  23. Upma looks so nice and colorful....

  24. looks so it for bfast or dinner

  25. Looks colorful and delicious.. thanks for sharing dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

  26. i ahve some vermicilli in my pantry, i think il make this..thanks fr the idea :)


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