Five years back, when I found these rice sticks in a local Indian store here, It struck me then that I could Indianize it and make upma out of it. So, when we invited some friends over, I made this dish and luckily everybody liked it. Since then, it became one of the regular breakfast items at home. This is a very versatile item as it can be used as part of a main course for parties or as breakfast or for dinner too. 

Ingredients -

Rice sticks - 1/2 pkt
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup (chopped carrots, beans, peas, corn, cabbage)
turmeric - a pinch
onion - 1 medium (finely chopped)
peanut-coconut Powder- 1/4 cup (see the recipe here)
salt to taste
seasoning (oil, chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, dried red chilli, curry leaves)
lemon juice - 2 tsp

Method of Preparation - 

Break the rice sticks into manageable size and put them in boiling water. Let them sit in the boiling water until they are just about cooked. It could take about 5-7 minutes. Ensure that it doesn't sit in the water for too long since it could turn soggy. 

Immediately drain the water from the rice sticks and run cold water through it. 

In a heavy bottomed vessel on a medium-high flame, heat some oil and add the seasoning. 

After the mustard seeds start crackling, add finely chopped onions and saute them to a golden color.

Boil the mixed veggies separately and add it to the sauteed onions.

Put in turmeric and salt as per taste. Add the drained rice sticks and mix well for a minute. 

Switch off the flame and squeeze in the lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot or cover it with a lid till it is ready to be served.

This would be our first entry for the JFI-Breakfast event hosted by Suma of Veggie Platter.

Serves 3 Adults
Preparation Time 20 min
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, March 10, 2010


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. Thanks for the yummy entry. I use this to prepare lemon sevai and coconut sevai too.

  3. Harini-Jaya Says:
  4. Wow...saw those recipes. Look lovely. If you are referring to idiappam or vermicelli, it is slightly different and looks more like noodles.

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