The one thing that’s in the mind of any mother is how to feed a good dose of vegetables to her children each day. As kids, whenever Mom would make Semolina Upma we would scrunch our noses up and make a face because the taste somehow never appealed to us. Complaining one day about how it’s an ordeal to feed the kids, she found a sympathetic ear in Nair Aunty who showed her an interesting, easy and healthy breakfast recipe that would have the children asking for more.
Fortified with vegetables, silky in texture and noodle-like, vermicelli or sevaiyan upma is liked by all age groups. Since then it’s been a regular breakfast delight in our kitchen. Quick and easy, with a plenitude of nutrients and versatility in the types of vegetables that can be used, it’s sans any fuss. The tempering of mustard seeds, urad dal, and curry leaves initially and the final squeeze of lemon juice for tanginess at the end marks the dish as a good substitute for the South Indian Upma. Dress it up with a throw of roasted peanuts cashews for an extra crunch or to make it more fancy. We like to keep it light with just vegetables from the kitchen. It is just as delectable. The only thing to keep in mind is that the measure of vegetables and the sevaiyan must be equal to get a perfect balance of taste.