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Vermicelli Special Upma

By: Mohan Rao Mudradi of New Delhi, IN

This is a typical Udupi item

Filed in Rice Dishes

Serves 2 people

This item is typically found in Udupi of South Karnataka. This item will be little bit sweet, little bit hot, little sour. All tastes in equal quantities. It is a pure vegetarian recipe. It takes roughly 20 to 25 minutes to prepare.


  • 1 glass Vermicelli (plain, not roasted), preferably haldiram or bambino
  • 1/2 Coconut
  • 2-3 Red chillies
  • 3-4 pinches of Asafoetida (heeng) (according to taste)
  • Salt according to taste
  • Mustard seeds : according to quantity of vermicelli
  • 1 lemon sized Jaggery
  • few drops of Coconut oil
  • 2-3 Green chillies
  • Chana dal : few grains
  • Urad dal : few grains
  • 1 lemon sized ball of Tamarind
  • 1 handful Groundnut
  • 10-12 tsp Refined oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Curry leaves


  1. Roast the vermicelli in few drops of coconut oil till golden brown colour. Keep it aside.
  2. Grind coconut with 1 spoon of mustard and the 1 or 2 red chillies. Do not add water.
  3. Soak the tamarind in a cup of water.
  4. Fry the groundnut, chana dal, urad dal, 1 red chilliy, green chilles in refined oil, till the dal become light yellow in color, in a deep fry pan (kadhaai). Add mustard and curry leaves. Then add turmeric, asafoetida and salt.
  5. Now add tamarind water plus some additional water so that the quantity equals 1 glass of water and a little bit more, to the frying items. Add Jaggery. Once it becomes little bit thick, add the grated coconut, cook for 2 to 3 minutes and add the roasted vermicelli. Cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes in sim flame. If you still find moisture, cook for 5 minutes more, so that the water gets absorbed completely.
  6. Mix thoroughly and delicious vermicelli is ready. Serve hot.

Latest Comments

By Shweta Ballal on 5/11/2012 2:21:00 PM

Nimma tatkshanada aatmiya-bharita uttarakke tumbaa dhanyavadagalu, dear Mohan rao avareh. Be well.

By Mohan Rao Mudradi on 5/11/2012 4:46:00 AM

Dear Shweta Ballal AVARAE, nimagoo nanna vandanegalu, dhanyavaadagalu... -Mohan Rao Mudradi

By Shweta Ballal on 5/11/2012 1:23:00 AM

Hello Mohan Rao, I understand that you are a native of Mudradi. I hail from Manipal [a place closer to your's and just 2 kms away from Udupi] , but reside in Canada. By the way, nimma 'Sevige oggarane uppittu' recipe bahala swaadamayavaagi kaanistideh. Dhanyavadagalondige abhinanadanegalu koodaa. Sweekarisi.


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