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March 25, 2009

Tomato Semia Pulao



One morning, I decided I wasn't in the mood for rice. I definitely didn't feel like making chapattis. And for some vague reason, even upma didn't seem like a good option. Then I remembered reading this recipe years ago on a vermicelli packet. It seemed perfect for that morning. It gave me that kick which I get from trying something new. And it tasted great in our lunch box.


2 cups Roasted Vermicelli

2 Onions, sliced

4 Tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp Oil

2" Stick Cinnamon

2 Cloves

1 Green Cardamom

1 tsp Green Chilli Paste

1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

1/4 tsp Chilli Powder

Salt to taste


Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add the onions and fry for a minute. Add the chilli and the ginger-garlic pastes and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for another couple of minutes. Add the turmeric and chilli powders along with the salt. Add the vermicelli and mix well. Add 4 cups of hot water and cover and cook for 5 minutes.


Enjoy this with some cool raita on the side.

16 comments:

Happy cook said...

When mom made semiya like this we used to love it, and we kids used to take a fork and eat with the fork saying it is posh . Well i am talking about ages and ages ago, well decades ago :-)

Asha said...

Deeelicious! Anything in lunchbox when you are hungry in the afternoon must taste so good. Love it with Tomato! :)

Laavanya said...

I love such tomatoey dishes and make something similar for my daughter.

DEESHA said...

never made semiya like this .. looks really good

Arundathi said...

we only have veggie semiya upma - this looks really interesting. i love semiya!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Delicious and easy recipe!! My all time favorite.

TBC said...

This would be great for BF too.:)
Nice color!

I actually make tomato rice like this.

Sunshinemom said...

I make this so often because it is one of the finest breakfasts when you do not have time and ingredients are few! I too try most of the recipes on packs:)

Sanghi said...

Hi Raaga,

Lovely recipe.. Do send this one and more tomatish recipies to my FIL-Tomato event by 31st.. check my blog for more.. Waiting for your entries:)

A_and_N said...

This is a staple! So easy to make no?

aquadaze said...

never added tomatoes to vermicelli..nice change it must e though!

Miri said...

Looks delish and different! Apparently different types of semiya (like the variety rices) are common in Coimbatore's Annapoorna kind of restaurants or "messes" which my hubby used to frequent as a bachelor. So he sometimes requests a replication of those lemon sevai, tomato sevai, coconut sevai, puli sevai etc - thats when i usually make these!

sra said...

Looks good, now you have me hankering for some, and I've just had my mid-morning naughty snack of some old and greasy chips!

Chitra said...

never tried with tomato,looks superb!!

lakshmi said...

So much has been cooking and happening while I was off the net!! Just saw the sulekha posts, I am glad that has been sorted out. Not sure if any of our photographs are there. Could not find any!

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely Upma Raaga..I love tomato-based stuff and tomato-sevai is one of my favorites.This one looks delicious..and tangy..I'm making this;-)