Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Semiya Pulav / Vermicelli Pulav

I am participating in BM #50. And this week I have selected colorful dishes for kids :-)

Since we need a colorful dish I thought of preparing a colorful rice item for lunch box. But I have already posted pulavs and biriyanis. That is when I saw a pack of MTR semiya wherein a recipe of Semiya pulav was given. And I imediately thought of trying it.

I have also seen this recipe in Rak's kitchen. So combined both the recipes and made it in my style. This is the first time I used MTR semiya. The usual semiya I use is very thin when compared to MTR semiya. So kids after tasting this semiya pulav said its veg noodles :-). But they loved it thorougly.

This recipe can be made very quickly and would be a good idea to serve for guests with raita and pickle.


Vermicelli/semiya(roasted) - 350 grams
Mixed vegetables (chopped) - 100 grams
Onion - 50 grams
Tomato - 40 grams
Mint leaves - little
Coriander leaves - little
Coconut milk (thin) - 2 cups
Salt - to taste

To grind to a smooth paste:

Cardamom/Elaichi - 1
Cinnamon - a small piece
Cloves - 1
Star anise - a small piece
Fennel - 1 tsp
Ginger - a small piece
Green chillies - 4
garlic - 5 pods

To temper:

Ghee - 4 tbsp
Jeera / cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Bay leaf - 1


  • Roast the vermicelli with a tsp of ghee in medium flame,evenly with out changing its colour(if it not raosted vermicelli),you can also skip this part too
  • Grind the items given under ‘to grind’ table to a smooth paste with very less water.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan (I used pot shaped cooker) with ghee and temper with the items given under ‘to temper’ table.
  • Add sliced onion fry till onion turns just transparent and add the ground paste. Fry in medium flame for 2-3 minutes,taking care to not to burn it.
  • Add the chopped veggies along with tomato(if desired) and the mint and coriander leaves and fry in medium flame for 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk and bring to boil,add required salt
  • Then add the vermicelli.Let it boil till it absorbs all the coconut milk and then keep the flame in lowest possible and cook covered for 4-5 minutes.
  • Garnish with cashews fried in ghee if you want,or just simply with chopped coriander leaves… serve hot with raita of your choice!


  • If you make the pulav with proper care/just like we make our rice pulav, you will get an equally yummy,delightful pulav.
  • Vegetables I used are-carrot,beans,capsicum and cauliflower.
  • Don't cook for long time than mentioned as it will make the vermicelli sticky. Also increasing the water/coconut milk will make it sticky and gooey. Using less water ratio and cooking in low flame is the key to get it nice!
  • You can grind the mint leaves along with the grinding items.
  • You can use ginger garlic paste and add the whole masalas while tempering and avoid the grinding part,if you are lazy to do grinding!


  1. Surely turned out colourful, if kids eat all those veggies, it's very good..

  2. All those vegetables make it colorful. Nice one.

  3. That's a nice vermicelli pulav nice colours too.

  4. My all time favourite, just love it to the core.

  5. Very colorful and delicious pulav!

  6. That is one very flavorful and delicious semya pulao.

  7. Yummy and flavorful pulao with vermicelli.

  8. These veggies make the semiya a delcious dish.