May 31, 2008

Vermicelli Pulav/Upma with grated Veggies..

I tried this Vermicelli Upma/Pulav with a twist today. I grated some of the vegetables and added tomatillo in it. In addition to getting cooked fast, they get nicely combined uniformly and have fussy kids from not picking out the veggies. Most of all, this dish turned out to be just great with tomatillo imparting a slight tang contrasting with the spice of the chillies and the garam masala and ofcourse all the goodness of the veggies. This is a keeper recipe.


Rice Vermicelli - 4 cups
Carrots, grated - 2
Red Potato, grated - 1 medium
Green Bell Pepper, very thinly sliced - 1
Yellow corn kernels - 1/4 cup
Tomatillo, very thinly sliced - 2 small
Onions, finely chopped - 1 medium
Ginger, grated - 1" piece
Garlic cloves, finely chopped - 3
Green Chillies, finely chopped - 4 -5
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Haldi/Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cilantro - a handful
Salt - to taste
Hot Water - 3 cups approx.
Oil - to fry


- In a hot non-stick pan, take little oil. Add the cumin seeds and once they sizzle, add the onions, garlic, ginger and fry well till onions turn translucent.
- Then add the green chillies and the tomatillo and fry till they change color and soften and turn pulpy.
- Then add the grated potato, fry well for a minute or so, then add the carrots and fry for another minute.
- Add the corn, green pepper and fry for sometime.
- Then add salt, haldi powder, garam masala powder, and saute.
- Add the broken rice vermicelli, fry well till the vermicelli gets coated with all the rest of the ingredients and separates instead of becoming sticky.
- Now, add the hot water to the above. Turn the heat on medium high till the whole thing comes to a boil.
- Then, add the cilantro,lower the heat to medium, stir once or twice in between and cook till the vermicelli softens and all the water evaporates.

Note :

- The water measurement is approx. here. Please use your judgement such that the vermicelli is only slightly submerged in the water. Else the whole thing will become very mushy.
- The addition of Tomatillo sure was a good idea. It gives a slightly tang to the dish.
- Grating the veggies like potato and carrots saves frying time also, since they cook very fast this way.

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Meera said...

Hey, it looks so lovely. Adding tomatillo is a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Hey Maya, It looks very yummy and tempting too. Iam going to try this upma next time and iam sure it will be a great hit in my house.

Purnima said...

Maya, ur idea of using grated veggies is great! I do make maida vermicelli upma wt frozen veggies, ur looks yum!

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Uma said...

mmmm. lovely upma, Maya! Nice way to add all those veggies which makes it healthy.

Asha said...

Makes a great snack time Shavige uppittu, love it!:)

Shilpa said...

Looks delicious Maya. Its one of my fav too :). Quick, easy, healthy & delicious.

Seema said...

Looks yum & quick & easy. I make it too, but chop veggis & do...

Anonymous said...

HI Maya:

We just made 'shevayn' last week. It was the whole wheat variety we had brought from Kumta :-))

M added some frozen veges. Sounds like a great idea to add the grated vegies. Will let you know how that turns out here.


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Jyothsna said...

I generally grate the carrots but never added potatoes.. this is a good idea!Thanks.

Shilpa said...

Hey..I made this today following your recipe(just added a dash of lemon juice at the end). It tasted great. Thanks for sharing

shubha said...

hi!Nice Blog!visited sometimes but first time leaving comment here.

great pictures and nice recipe.! going to try for my son. Please clarify what u mean by red potato.??
Is it sweet potato/yam or ratale (in marathi) or is it normal potatoes/??

Maya said...

Thanx for leaving a comment Shubha. The potatoes mentioned are just normal potatoes with red skin, and not sweet potato/yam. Let me know how u like it.

Swetha said...

i recently came accross your blog and like your blog. i have also started a foodblog recently.keep up your good work and i wish u a very success.



Nasreen Basu said...

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