The rain Gods have been really kind this time and God's Own Country has received more than a fair share of showers this monsoon. Potholes, water logging and a number of problems are a part and parcel of it however, on the other side of it all we have a green Kochi that is so inviting and throwing up a myriad excuses to go out and explore the flavours of the city. So we decided to waste no time and took a trip on Sunday to our favourite place at the Willingdon island, the Embarkation Jetty. One can still see here the Kerala Water transport service stop by taking people regularly from the island to Vypin, Ernakulam and back. In the times of fast traffic and new age gadgets, it is so pleasing to see this mode of transport is still being patronised by many and lending its own charm.
After the long weekend, Monday definitely creates a starting trouble. I like to keep Monday mornings simple, quick and easy. This Semiya Upma is just the answer to all of you looking to make a delicious start to your week. Serve it for breakfast, pack it in the lunchbox or make it as an evening snack, it is a hit anytime of the day. A one pot recipe, this semiya dish goes well with a green coriander coconut chutney(recipe coming soon).
Ingredients for Semiya/Vermicelli Upma
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 8 to 10
Semiya/Vermicelli (roasted) - 1 cup (I used roasted Bambino Vermicelli, if you do not have roasted vermicelli on hand , you may use the regular one, just roast it for 2 to 3 minutes on a medium flame and you are ready to go)
Onion - 1 small (finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 small(finely chopped)
Capsicum - 3 tbsp (finely chopped)
Green chilli - small (chopped finely)
Ginger - 1 inch piece(finely chopped)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Water for cooking vermicelli
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp (for garnish)
Method for making Semiya / Vermicelli Upma
1- If you have roasted vermicelli use as it is, however, if you have the regular vermicelli, take 1 tbsp of oil in a non-stick pan, add the semiya and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Keep aside to cool.
2-Take a vessel with water, add half a tsp of salt and boil. When the water has boiled, add the semiya. Let boil for 2-3 minutes till cooked, do not overcook or else your vermicelli will stick to each other and you will have a very sticky upma. (let it be only 90 % percent done). Drain the water using a sieve and keep the semiya aside.
3- Take a pan and add 2 tbsp of oil, add the mustard seeds and let splutter. Now add the curry leaves.If you would like to add peanuts you may do so at this stage. Add the finely chopped green chilli and ginger. Saute.
4- Now add the finely chopped onion, saute till translucent and turns golden brown. Add salt to taste and the turmeric powder. Mix well. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and capsicum and saute for 2-3 minutes. If you wish to add any vegetables you may do so at this stage(you can add finely chopped carrots, cooked green peas of you like). Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
5- Open add the cooked vermicelli/semiya. Mix well for a minute. Cover and cook for a minute. Open mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
6- Serve hot with a coriander coconut chutney.