Traditionally back home, semiya upma was prepared like the regular upma with water directly in the seasoning. That was never palatable to me. So I thought it is better to prepare this like pasta. Actually this was an inspiration from the Rice Sticks Upma. Needless to say it can make for a wholesome and tasty breakfast/snack.

Ingredients -

Roasted Semiya - 2 cups
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup (chopped carrots, beans, peas, corn, cabbage)
Turmeric - a pinch
Onion - 1 medium (finely chopped)
Peanut-coconut masala - 1/4 cup (see the recipe here)
Salt to taste
Seasoning (oil, chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, dried red chilli, curry leaves)
Lemon juice - 2 tsp

Method of Preparation - 

Add the roasted semiya to boiling water. Let them sit in the boiling water until they are just about cooked. It could take about 3-4 minutes. Ensure that it doesn't sit in the water for too long since it could turn soggy. 

Immediately drain the water from the semiya and run cold water through it. 

In a skillet on a medium-high flame, heat some oil and add the seasoning. 

After the mustard seeds start crackling, add finely chopped onions and saute them to a golden color.

Boil the mixed veggies separately and add it to the sauteed onions.

Put in turmeric and salt as per taste. Add the peanut-coconut masala and mix well.

Add the drained semiya and mix well for a minute. 

Switch off the flame and squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot or cover it with a lid till it is ready to be served.

Serves 4 Adults
Preparation Time 18-20 min
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, March 17, 2010


  1. wow i love semiya upma...will defintely try this...

  2. nasreen basu Says:
  3. awful piece of information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend vimal, mumbai,i have read atleast 13 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your blog gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a million once again, Regards, Semiya upma

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