Cook's Hideout: JFI-WBB: Green Leafy Vegetables - Methi Upma

April 29, 2007

JFI-WBB: Green Leafy Vegetables - Methi Upma

Hearty congratulations to Indira on the 1st anniversary of Jihva for Ingredients blog event and making it such a big success. This month's theme is "Going Green with Green Leafy Vegetables" (keeping Earth Day in mind) and Indira & Nandita (@ Saffron trail) have come together to make it JFI & WBB joint event.
To cover all the bases for this event, I incorporated greens for a breakfast recipe and also made it on a weekend. Here's my entry "Methi Semya Upma". This recipe is extremely simple and quick to make.

Semya (Vermicelli noodles) - 1/2 cup
Methi (fresh or frozen) - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 large, chopped fine
Green chilies - 4, chopped fine
Lemon juice - 1tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dal - 1 tsp
Red Chili - 1 (optional)
Curry leaves - 6
Salt - to taste

  • Bring 3 cups of water to boil, add semya and salt. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Keep aside.
  • Heat 1tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and chana dal. Saute till the seeds splutter.
  • Add onions, curry leaves and chilies. Saute till onions turn transparent, but not brown.
  • Add the chopped methi leaves (thawed if using frozen) and salt, cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked semya, stir well and continue cooking for couple more minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, mix well and serve hot.

Note: If the vermicelli turns into a blob, just add some cold water to refresh it. Cooking vermicelli separately (my mom's trick) makes the noodles nice and separate and not sticky.


  1. hmm never thought of methi in semeya upma, out of the box thinking love it

  2. nice combo! never thought of it before! Good entry!

  3. Hi,
    Very creative!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is unusual Pavani and looks delicious.Let me go get me a fork!;D

    Great entry,I will try this.I have sowed some Methi,they are already up!!

  5. This is a very unusual recipe. Looks wonderful. Methi is Healthy so, got to try this one soon.

  6. This is something different and very green .I have made only veg upma but this is totaly new ...

  7. Pavani,

    Quite innovative you are, great work there. Kudos..



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