Savory Semiya/ Vermicelli

A beautiful poem that I came across last week, so worth of posting it here… and reading it again and again…


Making something interesting for dinner is always a challenge. And to make something that will finish in less than 30 minutes is a bigger challenge. After coming back from work, most of the time I feel so lazy to make something. All you want is to laze around, but then that is not something we can do, considering that eating outside food is really not a good option all the time. There were these packs of Pakistani vermicelli – the thin ones – that were lying in my pantry. I have this habit of stocking items like macaroni and vermicelli packs during the Ramadan promotion. With our consumption, they normally last with us till the next Ramadan. We always buy the normal vermicelli but somehow, by mistake I picked these up and they were just lying. That is when I decided to utilize it towards making something for our dinner. Glad I did. The cooking was done in less than 30 minutes and since this was made a little before our shifting, I was able to empty all the vegetables from the freezer as well. Hehe…


For a different version, you can check out this Semiya Vegetable Pulao too.



Savory Semiya

Course Brunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 medium onions minced
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 to matoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels frozen
  • 1/2 cup green peas frozen
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 200 gm pack of thin vermicelli


  • Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds. Add the onions and chillies and saute till soft.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till all mashed up.
  • Add the turmeric and red chilli powders and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the vegetables and cook for five minutes. A
  • dd the stock cubes, water and salt and cook the water is boiled.
  • Now add the vermicelli in batches, stirring to incorporate it till done.
  • Cook on low flame for five minutes, stirring occasionally till cooked. Switch off and serve warm!

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  1. looks delicious and beautiful clicks di…

    1. Thank you so much Shahina…

  2. looks too good dear…makes me hungry

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  3. The poem is worth posting up on kitchen wall! I spend most of the day there and this will remind me to remember! Thank you for sharing Raf!

    1. It is definitely a beautiful reminder Fami… thank you so much…

  4. i just love ur posts.. especially the starting part.. its so unique

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  5. A beautiful poem …….with an easy peasy dish .

    1. Thank you so much Nusrath…

  6. this is really quick and most importantly nutritious

    1. Thank you so much Amrita…

  7. Love the poem, and so the dish πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Gauri… πŸ™‚

  8. Easy comfort meal …Guess thin ones take lesser time to cook than regular semiya

    1. Yes, Sathya, they hardly take anytime to get cooked… thanks a lot dear…

  9. Both poem and dish are lovely..

    1. Thanks a lot Farin…

  10. I make this very often for lunch…but never added sweetcorn..ll try this version next time:)

    1. Thank you so much Rani… πŸ™‚

  11. this si a super easy meals to enjoy in lazy days/busy days..

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  12. this is my fav.. Love ur poem

    1. Thanks a lot Veena…

  13. Yummy healthy breakfast,love it

    1. Thanks a lot Suja…

  14. loved this vermicelli the sevaiyan kind..thin strands has added a lovely texture,Rafee..I too make this over a lazy weekend sometimes ..

    1. Thank you so much Julie…

  15. Semiya looks really delicious.. perfect for lazy days..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  16. Semiya looks too good, and adding of corn is a nice, and yes perfect dish that can be made when in hurry or lazy time…

    1. Thank you so much Jeena…

  17. We get this semiya here will try for sure dear.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  18. I have never tried making this even though I came across the savory version of Vermicelli so many times. I have to give this a try soon.

    1. The plus point is that it is so easy to make! Thank you so much Shibi…

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