Friday, October 03, 2008

Bambino or vermicelli..!

Dear foodies,

I din't know bambino wasn't the name of the product but just the brand name until a few years back. Just like how maggi == noodles until I discovered Italian cuisine :P and LG== hing/asafoetida! I started taking notice of the word vermicelli on the pack only after I came here I think...hmm, until then it was just a word in the jingle. How many of you thought the same ? (please don't single me out) But well, whats in a name, its the taste that matters. I absolutely love
...err vermicelli upma, its such a simple and tasty breakfast/tiffin item and ...its quick! It is one of my favorite lunch box dishes too, just as good served cold and I like it with a sprinkling of sugar on top, no, not the powdered sugar we usually find here, but the granular kind that lends a nice crunch.

So if you need a breakfast idea or even a evening tiffin for this weekend, here's one
another day, another version...
Ingredients :
  • 1 cup - Vermicelli
  • 1/2 cup - Peas and diced Carrots (I used frozen)
  • 1/4 cup - sliced Onions
  • 2 nos - Green chillies, slit through
  • 1 nos - broken Red chilli (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp - Cumin seeds/jeera
  • 10-12 - Peanuts (can be substituted with cashews)
  • 1 tsp - Chana dal
  • 4-5 Curry leaves
  • 2 tsp - Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp - lime juice or lime wedges for garnish and coriander leaves (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cups - water
  1. I like to roast the vermicelli a little even if its the pre-roasted kind. Heat a pan with 1 tsp of oil, on medium heat. Roast the vermicelli until it turns a light brown color, stirring regularly to avoid burning them. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Add the rest of the oil to the pan, splutter the mustard and cumin seeds, roast the peanuts and then add the chana dal, once they turn a deep orange, the red & green chillies, curry leaves go in.
  3. Next add the onions and saute until they soften and turn translucent. The frozen (or fresh) peas and carrots go in next, saute them for a couple of minutes. In the meantime, microwave 1 3/4 cups of water and add it to the veggies along with salt.
  4. When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat a bit, add the vermicelli, stir to avoid lumps. Cover and cook for 5-6mins until they soak up the water and soften.
  5. Take off the heat and add the lime juice or serve the wedges on the side. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with a sprinkling of sugar and some pickle.
I made this for a late brunch one weekend and had it with fresh cut-mango pickle my mom had made when she was here. Sometimes I skip the pickles and sprinkle some karapodi/idlipodi on top and some yogurt too on the side. When I was in school, my mother would make a tiny potlam/pouch of sugar for me to add right before I had it for lunch, cos the
vermicelli upma would still be warm when she packs it in the morning and the sugar would dissolve if added right then, pampered... yes! :D You can substitute the peas with edamame or lima beans, other veggie options could be corn, diced green beans, capsicum, tomatoes, boiled and cubed potatoes Or just skip them all together :D Whats your twist to this recipe ?

Happy Friday!
(and hattrick for me, yayyy!)

13 thoughts:

sunita said...

Yes, brand names do take over, don't they...that looks lovely though. Enjoy your weekend, Priya.

anudivya said...

Yay! Finally someone like me who likes to eat vermicilli upma with sugar...

Divya Vikram said...

I too have this with sugar..looks pretty..

Soma said...

Bambino? that was hilarious:-)

Brand names do take over, I agree but this combination is somehow cracking me up.

Can I have some bambinos? They look delicious...I too like vermicilli with sugar.. infact put nothing in them, caramalize them crisp in sugar and have it like candy. talk about weird!

Manisha said...

"Arre, woh naya Close-up-wala colgate hain kya? Nahin? Phir kaunsa colgate hain?"

You're doing good with this NaBlo thingee! ;-)

Sangeeth said...

I too like upma with sugar! helps when i am lazy to cook side dish!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is my all time fav. Looks so good. YUM! Colorful!

aparna said...

Looks so good.

Priya said...

Soo many sugar topped upma fans, really? thats nice :) Thank you all for dropping by.

Manisha, lol at the close-up wala colgate :)) In India I think almost every product had a loyal brand attached to it.

Uj said...

hey Priya,
Vermicelli upma looks delicious. I love Rava upma with sugar. Never tried vermicelli upma with sugar. Brand names definitely take over for example godrej,Xerox ;)

Mrs.Kannan said...

Wawwiii,Your upma looks great...its tempting

Laavanya said...

I love this upma the best.. plain or with pickle - it's ultimate.

Vamsi Krishna Hemanth Illindala said...

I made this today, I thought it came out pretty well. But do you think adding some ginger will make it any better? I didn't have ginger, but after preparing it, I thought some ginger could have given it a better taste.

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