Vermicelli puloa - Vermicelli cooked with spices ,coconut milk and vegetables

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Vermicelli upma is our very own noodles upma. My lil one calls it that way. It’s been almost 2 years since we stopped buying instant noodles, so whenever kids ask for noodles  it is either this vermicelli or Hakka noodles. I m not confident enough to pack Hakka noodles for their lunch box yet. I have my doubts, that it might go dry or gloggy, uff, mother’s mind! 
When they ask me pack noodles they now what to expect in the box, I either make upma or this puloa. Usually upma I make it just with onions,  but with pulao I try to add their favorite veggies in small quantities. The coconut milk in the pulao gives it a nice flavor and with mild spices and generous ginger it tastes exactly like our rice puloa. So if you are like me giving them vermicelli for noodles, then you should definitely try this pulao! 

1/2 cup vermicelli
3/4 cup mixed veggies ( I have used carrots , capsicums, cauliflower and potato)
1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1&1/2 cup thin coconut milk
Juice of 1/2 a lemon(Indian lemon)
1/2 tsp salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3-4 curry leaves, torn into pieces
1/3 tsp freshly shredded ginger 
1 cardamom
1 clove
1 bay leaf
2 green chilies, finely chopped

  • In a heavy bottom pan, dry roast the vermicelli until golden brown. Remove the roasted vermicelli into another plate.
  • Now in the same pan, add coconut oil given under tempering, add cumin seeds, clove, cardamom and bay leaf to to and sauté for a minute.
  • Now to this add chopped onions and green chilies, sauté until onions turn translucent.
  • Now the time to add the mixed veggies, sauté for a minute and add coconut milk. If using thick coconut milk, add 2 cup of wAter along with it. If using thin coconut milk, no need to add water.
  • Add salt and lemon juice, let the water come to a boil, add the roasted vermicelli to his and simmer the flame to medium and let it cook covered until done, takes around 8-10 minutes.
  • Once done, remove the cover and fluff it up with a fork, let it be on the flame for another 2-3 minutes and then take it off the flame. 
  • If using coriander leave, garnish and pack it in lunch boxes along with some crisps or a spicy curry.

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  1. Looks super flavorful. I make semiya upma weekly once but never tried it like a pulao. Thanks for the idea.

  2. I make these rice noodles but have never used coconut milk in them , even your cooking method is different and interesting . The noodles look perfect to pack in a lunch box !

  3. Both my kids don’t like vermicelli so I might just make this one pot meal for myself ;) looks yum

  4. Vermicelli is such a versatile ingredient, i have tried biryani with it and love it. This pulao sounds very flavorful with that coconut milk, will give it a try on this version of making vermicelli.

  5. So cute, noodles upma sounds very attractive. Kids are genius. Pulao looks fabulous and prefect to pack in lunch box.

  6. Pulao with vermicelli sounds delicious.. I always love adding as many veggies in vermicelli..

  7. I have made biryani with semiya with tons of spices but pulav that too with coconut milk sounds flavorful and interesting. Will try this out.

  8. I usually make upma with vermicelli, but recently made pulao for Sruti and she loved it. I think I will stick to pulao in the future. Your version of the pulao looks so yum Priya..

  9. This is a nice variation to semya upma. I love the addition of coconut milk in there. Will have to try this version for my family some time.

  10. Wow.. such a beautiful and delicious recipe.

  11. Cooking vermicelli with coconut milk sounds interesting. A delicious and light lunch.

  12. I love the versatility of semiya and how they can be cooked numerous ways. Love this tasty pulao.

  13. Such an easy to make and delicious semiya pulao, you have cooked them perfect !! I loved the coconut milk added and the lemon juice to this yummy pulao, very interesting!!

  14. Simple at its best!..a well done semiya tastes out of the world!..very good choice Priya..

  15. I haven't made this in a while. Looks tempting.

  16. This is much more flavorful than the routine semiya upma and I am sure my boys would love this in their lunch boxes.

  17. Pulao style upma looks yum Priya.Need to make this version with coconut milk . I think the kids will like this one.


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