Vermicelli upma is a great option for weight loss. Vermicelli is like small noodles cooked with vegetables, paneer and served with chutney. It is a yummy and easy peasy dish which is very filling and nourishing. There are so many options and variations possible with it. You can add cottage cheese (paneer), peanuts, chicken, egg or even tofu to it. The only catch is in boiling the vermicelli al dente (slightly uncooked). The best thing is you can chop the vegetables well in advance and also boil the vegetables for 2 – 3 times together and keep it in the fridge. So next time you have to make this dish it does not take too much time. Anyways when you are on a diet it is difficult managing your own food and diet especially if you have kids.
Paneer Vermicelli Upma Recipe | Semiya Upma For Weight Loss |
- Vermicelli (Semiya)
- Paneer (Cottage Cheese)
- Assorted Vegetables (Cauliflower, Peas, Carrot, French Beans)
- 50 gms Bambino Vermicelli (Semiyan)
- 1 small Onion finely chopped
- 1 small Tomato finely chopped
- 50 gms Paneer (Cottage Cheese)
- 100 gms finely chopped Assorted Vegetables (Peas, Carrots, French Beans, Cauliflower, Babycorn)
- 1-2 Green chilies, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilly Powder
- 5-6 Curry leaves (Kadipatta)
- 1 tblsp Coriander (Hara Dhania), finely chopped
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai)
- 5 gms
- Salt to taste
- 2 – 3 cups Water
How to Make Paneer Vermicelli Upma For Weightloss :
- Heat oil in a kadhai. Meanwhile keep water to boil. When the water starts to boil add the vermicelli to the boiling water and also add 1/2 tsp salt. Stir well with a light hand. Boil it for 5 minutes approximately. Make sure that they are slightly undone (Al Dente). To test press one vermicelli between your fingers. It should feel slightly undone. Should not get pulpy immediately.
- After 5 – 7 minutes remove the vermicelli by straining it and removing all the water. Remember not to cover it completely while it is still hot. Let the hot air escape. Otherwise the vermicelli will get clumpy and sticky to each other. It is always better to keep it with a mesh.
- Important Tip: If you want to keep the boiled vermicelli for later use you can apply little oil to it and store it in the refrigerator. You can boil double the quantity and save it for next time. The boiled vermicelli stays good 2 – 3 days easily without spoiling.
- Meanwhile heat oil in a kadhai / pan and add mustard seeds to it and wait till they splutter. After they splutter add curry leaves.
- Add the onion and green chilies and sauté till the onions are transparent. Add all the chopped vegetables. Add salt.
- Cover and cook on low flame till all the vegetables are done. Takes 3 – 4 minutes. The vegetables should not get brown. They should just get soft.
- Now add cubed paneer pieces. And cook for 2 – 3 minutes till the paneer gets slightly sauteed.
- Add the tomatoes and sauté it for 2-3 mins.
- Add turmeric powder and red chilly powder.
- Add the boiled vermicelli to the tempered vegetables. Mix nicely with a light hand.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and sprinkle some lemon juice.
- Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander.
Side dish Options – What To Serve With Paneer Semiya Upma :
- You can serve this upma with green dhania pudina chutney, plain curd, tomato chutney.
- To further increase your protein, you can serve boiled egg or a egg fry or an egg omelette.
Storage Tips :
- You can store the boiled vermicelli in the refrigerator. Apply some oil on the vermicelli and fluff them with a fork before you store them in a box.
- You can also prepare the vermicelli upma and then store it in the refrigerator. This semiya upma can stay good for 1 – 2 days.
Reheating Tips :
You can reheat the semiya upma in 2 ways.
Microwave: Just place the vermicelli upma in a microwave safe container and microwave them for 1 – 2 mins. Then take it out and flip them upside down and then microwave again for 1 – 2 mins.
Stovetop: To reheat the semiya upma in a pan. Put the upma in a pan and heat it at low flame. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water on it. Cover and let it simmer. Do check after a min and flip them and cover again. After 5 – 6 mins the semiya will be as good as fresh Remember to use light hand while flipping. Otherwise the vermicelli will get mushy.