Vermicelli Pulao or Vermicelli Upma is a popular South Indian breakfast dish made with vermicelli in flavored spices and with vegetables. This versatile dish can be served as breakfast, lunch, or even a quick evening snack. Add a dash of your favorite coconut chutney, tomato sauce, or yogurt, and enjoy! You can choose from a myriad of vermicelli available in the market, made from wheat, rice, ragi, or multi-millet. Please follow the cooking instructions given on the back of the packet for the best results.
Preparation Time: 5 – 7 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 – 30 minutes
Yield: Six servings
1. Two cups of roasted vermicelli
2. Two cups of chopped potatoes
3. One cup of green peas
2. Two teaspoons of grated ginger-garlic paste
3. Two cups of chopped onions
4. One cup of tomato paste
5. Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
6. One teaspoon of roasted cumin powder
7. One teaspoon of roasted coriander powder
8. One teaspoon of garam masala powder
9. One teaspoon of red chili powder
10. Salt as per taste
11. One tablespoon of oil
12. Four cups of water
13. Cilantro to garnish
1. Take a pan over a medium-high flame and add oil to it
2. Once the oil is hot enough, add ginger-garlic paste and onion
3. Saute for three to four minutes or until onions are soft
4. Add tomato paste and saute for two minutes
5. Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, and red chili powder
6. Mix well and cook until tomatoes start releasing oil
7. Add potatoes and green peas and mix well
8. Cook for five minutes and then add vermicelli and mix well
9. Add water and mix well
10. Cook for fifteen to twenty minutes or until water dries and potatoes are soft
11. Once cooked, switch off the flame and garnish with cilantro. Your Vermicelli Pulao is ready!
1. You can also use other vegetables of your choice.
2. You can adjust the spice level as your preference.
3. Add a dash of lemon juice to your Vermicelli Pulao just before you dig in for that citrusy freshness.
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