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Vermicelli Sesame Upma

1 Nov

Semya Nuvvulu Upma.

Vermicelli is boiled in water till just soft and fluffy. Roasted sesame is ground into powder with red chiles and mixed with the vermicelli. Serve vermicelli sesame upma immediately.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Vermicelli Sesame Upma.


Vermicelli 1 Cup
White Sesame Seeds 4 Tbsps
Whole Red Chiles 1
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 6 – 8
Curry Leaves 6
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Roast the sesame seeds in a pan on low heat until they turn golden brown in color.
Roast the red chili for few seconds in the same pan and remove from heat.
Grind the red chili and salt into powder using a grinder.
Then add the roasted sesame and grind again into powder and keep aside.

Bring to boil few cups of water in a sauce pot, add a tsp of oil, few pinches of salt.
When the water comes to a boiling point, add vermicelli.
Boil vermicelli for around 1 – 2 minutes or until it is cooked with a slight bite.
Immediately strain the cooked vermicelli and refresh with cold water to stop further cooking of vermicelli if necessary.

Heat oil in a pan on medium low heat, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal turns light brown, add cooked vermicelli, ground sesame powder and salt (if necessary).
Mix carefully and thoroughly to mix everything well.
Remove from heat to avoid over cooking the vermicelli.
Serve vermicelli sesame upma immediately.
Notes: Don’t overcook vermicelli.

Suggestions: If vermicelli is overcooked, try not to boil it for so long next time or else don’t overcook it in the pan.
Variations: Check other vermicelli recipes here.
Other Names: Vermicelli Sesame Upma, Semya Pallila Upma.