Monday, May 5, 2008

Sevai Upma

This dish is a really simple, somewhat different version of upma. What I had wanted to do was make semiya upma (i.e., using vermicelli). However, I had no semiya in the house and saw this packet of instant sevai (instant idiyaapam) that Amma had bought when we went to the Indian store once. I figured, why not use this and turn it into upma?

Well, it turned out to be a brilliant idea, if I may say so myself. Wait a minute, it's my blog so I can claim to be brilliant, right? Hee hee. Sorry, I digress...

Anyway, I added some veggies to it to turn it into a quick and light meal. Feel free to make alterations as you like! You can easily do the same thing with semiya and have awesome results, too.


Instant sevai - 3 cups raw, place in hot water and soften per package directions
Onion - 2 medium, sliced
Tomato - 1, chopped
Carrot - 2 medium, chopped
Green bell peppers - 2 medium, chopped finely
Green chillies - 8-10, or to taste, slit
Ginger - 2 inch piece, finely chopped
Cashews - 10-15, broken in half, fried in oil or ghee and kept aside

For seasoning:

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


1. Soften sevai per package directions. Mine said to pour boiled water over it and leave it for 10 minutes, then drain.

2. Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds, urad dal, and curry leaves. Then, add the sliced onions, green chillies, and ginger. Saute until softened. At this point, add all of the veggies along with salt. Fry until the veggies are as tender as you like. Now, put the softened sevai into the veggie mixture and mix well. Check for seasoning and turn off the heat. Garnish with fried cashews and serve hot. Enjoy with chutney, pickle, sugar, or nothing at all! Stands on its own really well, too. :)

A closer look:

Now, that's finger lickin' good!


Asha said...

Colorful, I have a pack of rice sevai, will try!:))

Uma said...

that looks so delicious, Kalai! Why don't you send it to JFL at Pooja's as it has bell pepper?

indosungod said...

Sure the best kind of upma. I have tried this kind of upma with rice noodles too.

Cham said...

Look like veg noodle Beautiful sevai Kalai :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW!... This looks so colourful... Nice recipe.... Nice evening time food... Love it...

Siri said...

looks yummy Kalai!

Divya Vikram said...

looks yummy gal..I love all ur pics..

Lavi said...

Kalai..upma enna sundi izhukkuthu..
Now a days your photos are Rocking like your dishes.

and congrads on VOW award too..i have try the bitter gourd in tamarind gravy.

Daily Meals said...

Sevai upma looks mouth watering and colourful, Kalai!

Kalai said...

Looking forward to your feedback, Ashakka! :)

Uma, thanks! Thought abt sending it to JFI, but am thinking of something else. :)

Indo, that's next for me! :)

Thanks, Cham, Sukanya, and Siri! :)

Kalai said...

Divya, thank you for the very sweet compliment! :)

Lavi, thanks so much! Veetu vaanga, senju thaaren! :)

Daily Meals, glad you liked it! :)

Suganya said...

I once made a similar sevai with a tsp of sambar powder. Tasted great. Sevai is quick and versatile.

Pravs said...

oh this looks super-duper. I was thinking of making this and blogging it. Looks really tempting with those beautiful pics.

Pallavi said...

You have a great blog Kalai. I came here straight from your comment on mine. This looks great. I tried it with Rice noodles and like the outcome. Will try this too.

Pallavi (All Thingz Yummy)