Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Shavige Uppittu (Vermicelli Upma)

Planning for coming day’s breakfast becomes a tough task for all married women (so called Gruhini in Indian Language). It would become more complicated after having a kid. Morning breakfast should be healthy, filling & your child should also eat it without complaining!! So many restrictions!? Vermicelli upma is one such recipe shared by my chikamma (aunt).

This breakfast is filled with loads of vegetables, less oil, rich in carbohydrates. Don’t you think this is a perfect dish to be prepared for breakfast?

· 2 cups vermicelli (I used bambino vermicelli packet)
· 1 cup chopped vegetables (Used carrots, french beans, peas, corn kernels)
· 1 medium sized onion chopped (optional)
· 2-3 green chillies chopped
· 4-5 curry leaves
· 1 tbsp oil
· ½ tsp mustard seeds
· 1 tsp urad dal
· 1 tsp channa dal
· Salt according to taste
· 1 tsp sugar (optional but highly recommended)
· 3 cups water
· 3 tbsp grated coconut
· 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/cilantro

  • Add 1 tsp oil to a broad pan, when oil is hot, add vermicelli & roast till vermicelli turns golden brown.
  • Keep the vermicelli aside.
  • In another broad pan, add oil. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds, followed by urad dal, channa dal & fry till the dals turns golden brown.
  • Add chopped green chillies, curry leaves & sauté for 30secs
  • Now, add onion to it & fry again till onion turns golden brown.
  • Add all the chopped vegetables & sauté them in oil for 2-3minutes.Later, add water to the pan & allow it to boil. (Finely chop the vegetables to ensure it to get cooked in a short time)
  • Press the vegetable to make sure it is properly cooked.
  • Add salt, sugar & reduce the flame. Add the vermicelli 2 tbsp at a time & mix well.
  • Close the lid & allow the vermicelli to get cooked properly (this process may take a maximum of 5mins).
  • Switch off the flame; garnish it with coriander leaves & coconut.
  • Mix well & serve it hot.

  • To reduce the cooking time, boiled vegetables could be used.
  • If vermicelli is not properly roasted, the upma becomes very sticky.
  • The vermicelli could also be roasted & preserved in advance for future use. Other easier option is to buy already roasted vermicelli ;) (Roasted bambino or MTR vermicelli is also available these days).

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