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).


  1. With carrots etc, Shavige uppittu becomes nutritious, Great idea, looks yum! :))

  2. This one is my hubby's fav :) Whenever he craves for something different, he asks me to make it. shavige uppittu looks nice sush :)

  3. Mine always ended up sticky slimy.. I think i do not roast the vermicelli... thanks for the tip.. should try it this very week end

  4. i love shavige upittu too .. my mum always makes this with bambino

  5. I love this one .. my mom always makes this with bambino too

  6. Thank You Sushma for visiting my blog..Vermicelli upma looks yummy..Love this anytime of the day..

  7. @ Asha,
    Thanks. I add carrots to most of the breakfast items.

    same pinch, even my hubby loves it. Thanks.

    try getting the MTR roasted vermicelli & add 1.5 cups of water to 1 cup vermicelli. It will turn out good.

    Thanks, I make it with either bambino or MTR

    Thanks alot for visiting my blog.

  8. Hi.....

    This is nice, but u have not mentioned wen to add the water..... As i know this dish its ok, but if someone who doesn't know will get confused...........

  9. @Chinju,
    I have already mentioned at what stage to add water. Kindly have a look at it again. It would be good, if you could let me know what step would be confusing here?

  10. Hello. Thanks for the beautiful presentation. I added a handful of peanuts and it turned out to be really good.



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