Sevai Tomato Bath (Vermicelli Tomato Upma): An Indian Breakfast or Snack Recipe

Updated on June 19, 2020
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Sevai Tomato Bath (Vermicelli Tomato Upma)
Sevai Tomato Bath (Vermicelli Tomato Upma)

A Healthy and Tasty Breakfast

Sevai upma is a common breakfast dish in India. Sevai tomato upma (tomato bath) is a brightly colored and healthy version that consists mainly of tomatoes.

I always store sevai (vermicelli) packets in my kitchen so that I can make upma quickly when unexpected guests arrive. There are many awesome dishes that you can make with sevai, both savory and spicy. Here's a detailed recipe for you to try!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sevai (vermicelli or semiya)
  • 1 1/2 cups red and juicy tomatoes
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste, or 1/4 inch ginger and 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sambar powder (rasam powder)
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil, 1/2 tsp for cooking sevai, rest for the tomato bath
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon or less sugar (to balance the sourness)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 5-6 cashew nuts (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Boil about 4 glasses of water in a saucepan. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp oil. Throw in the sevai. Boil until it becomes al dente. Do not overcook. Check for doneness by pressing a few sevai between your fingers. Turn off the heat.
  2. Strain the sevai. Run cold water over it to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes to a blender or mixer. Make a smooth puree. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Throw in the cashew nuts. Slightly roast them over low heat. Transfer them into a bowl.
  5. In the same pan, throw in the mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add chopped onions and slit green chilies. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
  6. Add fresh or frozen peas. Add some salt. Saute for 2 minutes. Throw in the ginger-garlic paste. Saute for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the tomato puree and gently mix. Sir-cook until the puree becomes thick and starts leaving oil on the edges.
  8. Throw in the turmeric powder, sambar/rasam powder, remaining salt, and sugar. Saute the mixture for 1 minute.
  9. Add cooked sevai and gently mix. Add the finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  10. Let it become a bit hot. Turn off the heat.
  11. Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and serve. Enjoy eating this dish for breakfast or dinner. You can also pack it in a lunchbox to eat at your office, at school, or out on a picnic. It tastes great even when it is cold.

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Get the ingredients ready.Step one: Cook sevai (vermicell) until it is al dente, as per instructions.Strain them. Run cold water over the sevai and set aside.Step two: Roast cashew nuts in oil. Collect them in a bowl.Step three: In the same pan, throw in mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add finely chopped onions and slit green chilies. Saute them until onions turn translucent.Add fresh or frozen peas. Add some salt. Stir-cook for 2-3 minutes.Step four: Add ginger-garlic paste. Saute for a minute.Step five: Add tomato puree into the pan. Stir-cook until the mix becomes thick and oil appears on the edges.Step six: Throw in turmeric powder, sambar/curry powder, remaining salt, and sugar. Saute further, for a minute.Step seven: Add cooked sevai. Mix them with tomato masala paste. Let the sevai become a bit hot. Turn off the heat.Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.Your favorite sevai tomato bath is ready! Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and enjoy! Semiya tomato bath/vermicelli tomato upma
Get the ingredients ready.
Get the ingredients ready.
Step one: Cook sevai (vermicell) until it is al dente, as per instructions.
Step one: Cook sevai (vermicell) until it is al dente, as per instructions.
Strain them. Run cold water over the sevai and set aside.
Strain them. Run cold water over the sevai and set aside.
Step two: Roast cashew nuts in oil. Collect them in a bowl.
Step two: Roast cashew nuts in oil. Collect them in a bowl.
Step three: In the same pan, throw in mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add finely chopped onions and slit green chilies. Saute them until onions turn translucent.
Step three: In the same pan, throw in mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add finely chopped onions and slit green chilies. Saute them until onions turn translucent.
Add fresh or frozen peas. Add some salt. Stir-cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add fresh or frozen peas. Add some salt. Stir-cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step four: Add ginger-garlic paste. Saute for a minute.
Step four: Add ginger-garlic paste. Saute for a minute.
Step five: Add tomato puree into the pan. Stir-cook until the mix becomes thick and oil appears on the edges.
Step five: Add tomato puree into the pan. Stir-cook until the mix becomes thick and oil appears on the edges.
Step six: Throw in turmeric powder, sambar/curry powder, remaining salt, and sugar. Saute further, for a minute.
Step six: Throw in turmeric powder, sambar/curry powder, remaining salt, and sugar. Saute further, for a minute.
Step seven: Add cooked sevai. Mix them with tomato masala paste. Let the sevai become a bit hot. Turn off the heat.
Step seven: Add cooked sevai. Mix them with tomato masala paste. Let the sevai become a bit hot. Turn off the heat.
Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
Add finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
Your favorite sevai tomato bath is ready! Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and enjoy!
Your favorite sevai tomato bath is ready! Garnish with roasted cashew nuts and enjoy!
Semiya tomato bath/vermicelli tomato upma
Semiya tomato bath/vermicelli tomato upma

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 180
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 28 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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