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Veggie Loaded & Nourishing Breakfast – Vermicelli Upma

Veggie Loaded & Nourishing Breakfast – Vermicelli Upma

What to make for breakfast is always a task. We need something quick and easy but healthy and nutritious. We need something delicious, filling, and fulfilling and also don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen. This recipe is the right fit for you. It is not just tasty but looks quite gorgeous too.

What I like the most about this recipe is that there are no spices (except for turmeric powder and salt). It gets its flavors from all the veggies and tempering ingredients.

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Tips to make it right

Sometimes the vermicelli umpa becomes mushy and sticky. To prevent that, follow the below-mentioned tips:

  1. Roast vermicelli – It is always better to use roasted vermicelli. You can roast it at home till they are slightly brown in colour or you can directly buy roasted vermicelli. In this recipe, I used store-bought roasted vermicelli.
  2. Don’t overcook vermicelli – Boil vermicelli till they are just cooked. Do not overcook else they will become very soft, sticky and mushy. It takes just a couple of minutes to boil vermicelli. So, keep an eye.
  3. Don’t let it rest – After straining the vermicelli and draining out all the boiling water, add it immediately to the cooked veggies. If you will let it rest, they will stick to each other.

What if the vermicelli gets sticky after resting?

If by any chance, the vermicelli gets sticky, do not worry. We can save it. Just rinse it under cold water and fluff it either using your fingers or a fork.

If you boil the vermicelli ahead of time, do not worry. After draining out all the water, spread it on a plate and brush with some oil. The idea is to cool it immediately and completely and oil will prevent the sticking. You can even cool it under running water but somehow spreading and oiling works better.

Is this recipe Vegan?

Yes. All the ingredients used in the recipe are plant-based and vegan. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you can enjoy this recipe.

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Easy Swaps

  1. Vegetables: You can add any vegetable of your choice – cauliflower, zucchini, cabbage, tomato, spinach, etc.
  2. Peas: Instead of frozen peas, you can also use fresh peas. Just add them while adding the rest of the veggies.

To have the best experience, serve it hot. You can have it over breakfast or if you are like us, enjoy it over dinner. It makes a quick, easy, healthy, and nourishing meal.

Do we need to soak chana dal or urad dal?

No. Not at all. You can add them directly along with other tempering ingredients. Roast them well till they are slightly brown in color. They get softer with the moisture released by all the vegetables. Moreover, a little bit of bite tastes good in this recipe.

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Veggie Loaded & Nourishing Breakfast – Vermicelli Upma

Quick. Easy. Healthy Breakfast.

Looking for a healthy, nutritious, and delicious breakfast recipe? Then, click here right away. This recipe won't disappoint you. It is filling, fulfilling, and just so gorgeous. You are going to make it every week. Guaranteed!



10 min

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

25 min

Total Time



  1. Heat some oil in a kadhai or saucepan.
  2. Add the tempering ingredients - mustard seeds or rai, chana dal, and urad dal. Mix and let them sizzle for around 25 seconds on medium-low flame. Saute till chana dal is slightly brown. 
  3. Keep an eye since they burn fast.
  4. Then add curry leaves and dry red chili. Saute for a few seconds only. 
  5. Break dry red chili in two parts before adding.
  6. Add chopped onions and saute for a minute till the onions are translucent. Do not brown them. 
  7. Once the onions are done, add salt and turmeric powder. Mix for 10 seconds. 
  8. Then add all the chopped veggies - carrot, beans, broccoli, bell peppers, and green chili. Mix well. Cover &amp; cook for 5 - 7 minutes.
  9. Do not over-cook.
  10. Meanwhile, let's boil vermicelli. Boil some water in a saucepan. Add a pinch of salt to it. 
  11. Once the water starts to boil, add roasted vermicelli. Boil till they are just cooked. It takes just a couple of minutes. 
  12. Do not over-cook.
  13. Once the vermicelli is cooked, drain out the excess water and add it to the saucepan in which veggies are cooking. Mix and combine everything well. Cover and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes. 
  14. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with some tea or coffee. Your happy meal is ready. Enjoy :)


What is vermicelli made of?

These days you can find many different kinds of vermicelli made of – semolina, sooji, rice flour, refined flour, whole wheat flour. You can choose whatever suits you. I prefer semolina vermicelli since it tastes good and it is a healthier option too. The recipes made out of it not just taste good but also give energy. It makes a perfect breakfast option.

Is Vermicelli healthy?

Any food can be healthy or unhealthy depending on your relationship with the food. A healthy food if eaten with the wrong intention or mood won’t give you the same benefits and also it won’t be good for your mind. If you are stressing out while consuming any food, it is not going to give you the pleasure of eating instead it will impact you mentally. Hence, instead of focussing on if the food is healthy or unhealthy, focus on eating everything in moderation.

Talking about vermicelli, the ones made out of semolina or whole wheat flour is healthier than the ones made of refined flour. Many options are available in the market these days. You can choose what suits you. Or you can also make it at home just like my grand-mother (in-law) does 😀

What is the difference between vermicelli and spaghetti?

The main difference between spaghetti and vermicelli is that spaghetti is long and it is like thin strings in shape. We mostly make pasta from it. On the other hand, vermicelli is similar to spaghetti but much thinner than it. It is mostly used in soups, upma, pulao, etc.

Is vermicelli upma or pulao healthy?

Using semolina or whole wheat vermicelli makes it much healthier than making it with refined flour vermicelli. You can even add different spices and vegetables to add more nutrition to the recipe. It makes a filling, nourishing, and fulfilling breakfast.

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