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Sevai Upma, a delicious alternative to Maggi!

May 28, 2015 17:45 IST
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With India's brand of beloved instant noodles facing the threat of a ban, we'd asked you, dear readers, to suggest recipes to substitute the 2-minute Maggi!

Here, reader Archana Gaikwad shares this easy-to-make Sevai Upma recipe.

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Here's how to make Sevai (Vermicelli) Upma:  


  • 1 cup sevai (vermicelli)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 2 green chilli slit lengthwise
  • 1" piece of ginger grated
  • 3/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 medium-sized onions chopped fine
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  • Chopped coriander to garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime


  • Heat a griddle or flat pan on medium flame and dry roast the vermicelli lightly till it turns a pale golden brown. Stir frequently. Once done, remove onto a tray or platter and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. When the spluttering stops, add the grated ginger and stir well. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add onion and fry till translucent and soft.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add hot water, turmeric and salt to taste and bring to a boil.
  • Add the roasted vermicelli/ sevai, a little at a time, stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming.
  • Simmer and cook till the Upma is like a very thick porridge. Turn off the flame.
  • Squeeze lime juice over the Upma and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve piping hot.

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