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Today’s morning quick breakfast is a super quickie and healthy breakfast –  Seviya Upma (Mix Veggie Vermicelli Porridge) with South Indian Filter Coffee. Yes, it might look like a lot of work for the morning but trust me good planning and prep a day in advance for your meals can be a great saviour for working people out there or ones who have super busy mornings.

Seviya is the Indian word for vermicelli and it gets used in savory and sweet dishes. The most common dish with vermicelli in India is Seviyan kheer and a savory version is this a seviya upma. Upma is a name given to savory porridge in India.

This recipe of seviya upma is easy and can definitely bring in a great start to your morning. Say bye bye to oatmeal and smoothie for a day and try this.

Seviya Upma

Seviya Upma

It has been an iterative process of experimenting quick meals because what I might find a quick option might not be the same for all and vice versa. I try to see the easiest way of making tasty Indian breakfast for the entire family and try to replicate that based on my experience. If you have any other ideas for quick breakfasts do drop in your ideas to me.


  • 100 gm of Vermicelli for 3 people
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 5 to 6 fresh beans
  • Fresh or frozen green peas (optional)
  • 10 gms of fresh ginger, grated
  • 8- 10 Curry Leaves
  • 25 gm coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil or ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Lime or lemon wedges for serving


  • In a pan, without adding oil add the vermicilli and roast it on a medium flame for 5-8 mins till you see a slight change in color. This step will help the vermicilli stay firm and not too slimy.
  • Grab a sauce pan or wok pan and add the oil, once warm add the cumin seeds. Let it sizzle for a few seconds.
  • Now add onion, curry leaves, ginger, carrots, peas and beans along with turmeric powder. Cook this on a medium flame for 10 mins or till the carrot is cooked.
  • You can now add the roasted vermicelli and mix well. Add 1/2 tsp of salt. Add 70 ml of hot boiling water to the pan and give it a good mix. Cover the pan and lower the heat.
  • In the next 2-3 mins, the water dries up. Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and a wedge of lime.
  • Serve it warm with a cup of tea or coffee.

Happy Cooking!

#100healthybreakfasts by Paulami

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