A few years back, when I found these rice sticks in a local Indian store here, It struck me then that I could Indianize it and make upma out of it. So, when we invited some friends over, I made this dish and luckily everybody liked it. Since then, it became one of the regular breakfast items at home. This is a very versatile item as it can be used as part of a main course for parties or as breakfast or for dinner too. 

Edited - Updated the pictures.

Ingredients -

Rice Sticks - 1/2 pkt
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup (chopped carrots, beans, peas, corn, cabbage)
Turmeric - a pinch
Onion - 1 medium (finely chopped - Optional)
Peanut-Coconut Powder- 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 - 

Break the rice sticks into manageable size and put them in boiling water. Let them sit in the boiling water until they are just about cooked. It could take about 5-7 minutes. Ensure that it doesn't sit in the water for too long since it could turn soggy. 

Immediately drain the water from the rice sticks and run cold water through it. 

In a heavy bottomed vessel 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 drained rice sticks 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.

This would be our first entry for the JFI-Breakfast event hosted by Suma of Veggie Platter.


Serves 3 Adults
Preparation Time 20 min
Posted by Harini on Saturday, May 26, 2018


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. Thanks for the yummy entry. I use this to prepare lemon sevai and coconut sevai too.

  3. Harini R Says:
  4. Wow...saw those recipes. Look lovely. If you are referring to idiappam or vermicelli, it is slightly different and looks more like noodles.

  5. Absolutely fantastic ! We simply love these and I like this version . Excellent dish for any meal ,

  6. Rice sticks looks exactly like vermicelli and can easily be mistaken for the latter. Rice stick upma is colorful and inviting.

  7. farah saleem Says:
  8. the peanut coconut powder makes it very interesting! lovely!

  9. I have some rice sticks that I bought a while back. Was wondering what to do with them. I will try this for breakfast tomorrow.

  10. Rafeeda AR Says:
  11. Love the way it looks, does feel like semiya...

  12. CookwithRenu Says:
  13. Rice Sticks...At first I thought it is vermicelli...Will check out more...Your rice sticks upma looks so perfect...The rice sticks are cooked so perfectly, it is very easy for this to get mushy...But this is done perfect.

  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. This one is surely such a filling one for any meal..very nicely presented harini! Rice sticks surely got us curious..:)

  16. Sandhiya Says:
  17. Tried this kind of upma with vermicelli, but never used the rice sticks so far, It looks so good and you have prepared them so well with each sticks cooked separately .

  18. Priya Suresh Says:
  19. Picture looks fabulous Harini. Love these sort of simple and filling meal at any time of the day.

  20. Mayuri Patel Says:
  21. Looks really yummy and filling too. It is the same rice noodles that we sometimes get for Chinese noodles?

  22. The upma looks so yum Harini. Are these the same as rice sevai?

  23. Sowmya :) Says:
  24. This one is a family favourite....we usually have it for Sunday dinner but it is a good dish for anytime of the day. Lovely pick!

  25. Archana Says:
  26. I was thinking these were vermicelli. Looks yum.

  27. I also thought those were rice vermicelli but the sticks seem even more perfect to make the upma.

  28. with that peanut coconut powder must be so delicious

  29. preeti garg Says:
  30. Yummy sevai recipe.. perfect for lunchbox.

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