Monday, June 15, 2015

Semiya Biryani - Vermicelli Biryani Recipe

Semiya Biryani Recipe
Semiya Biryani is a great one pot meal for lunch.I have tasted Semiya Biryani twice that too during my school days.Once my friend brought it for lunch and it tasted so yum that we asked her to bring a dabba for us.She promised and she did bring a big daba for all of us and I remember eating quite a larger portion than I usually eat.After that I never got a chance to taste it, Last week when I was at my neighbours place, she asked me to taste her new experiment of vermicelli biryani  and woow it tasted so good that I got the recipe immediately.

I made this semiya biryani ,onion raita,curd semiya and amma made fish fry and it was such a satisfying lunch, sure a welcoming change to the boring usual rice lunch menu.So do try this semiya biryani for variation and am sure you are gona love it for sure.I used my ultra pressure pan for making this semiya biryani from start to  finish and it was so easy and quick to make this one pot meal.

Semiya Biryani Recipe

Semiya Biryani Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins |
Cooking Time
: 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Vermicelli - 2 cups
Mixed Vegetables* - 1 and 1/2 cups
Big Onion - 1 medium sized finely chopped
Tomato - 2 small sized chopped roughly
Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup loosely packed
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp + 2 tsp for garnish
Water - 4 cups
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp + 1 tsp

To temper:

Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves -2
Cardamom - 1
Bayleaf - 1
Fennel seeds powder - 1 tsp

Mixed Veggies* - I used beans,peas and carrot


  1. Chop carrot, beans, deshell peas rinse the veggies and keep aside.Measure semiya, I tooked a slightly heaped 2 cups of vermicelli.Take a pan....(I used my pressure pan) and dry roast vermicelli for few mins until slightly golden.Set aside to cool.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step1
  2. In the same pan heat 4 cups of water, when it starts to boil add vermicelli and cook for exactly 4 mins.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step2
  3. Drain water and let it to cool.Add little oil and fluff the vermicelli.It should be nicely separated.Set aside.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step3
  4. Heat oil + ghee - add the items listed under 'to temper', add onion and ginger garlic paste fry till golden then add tomatoes.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step4
  5. Saute for 2mins then add red chilli, coriander and garam masala powders along with required salt.Cook till tomatoes turn mushy then add mint and coriander leaves.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step4
  6. Once the masalas are blended, add the veggies saute for few mins and add 1 cup of water and cook in low flame.Cook till the veggies are tender yet crunchy to bite.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step4
  7. Once the veggies are cooked and the mixture becomes dry, add cooked vermicelli and toss it well and cook covered for 3mins.Finally garnish with a tsp of ghee and coriander leaves.
    Semiya Biryani Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with onion raita!
Semiya Biryani Recipe

My Notes:

  • Make sure to cook vermicelli only for 4mins not more than that.Drain all the water and set aside for 5mins, it will look sticky at this stage but after you start fluffing it will become separated.
  • I used the veggies I had in hand, you can use veggies like beans,baby corn etc
  • You can use 2 tbsp coconut milk / curd while sauteing the veggies for extra flavour.
Semiya Biryani Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Love semiya recipes..Biryani looks delicious..

  2. Really a new recipe.. Looking so tasty, i'll try for tonight tiffin/tomorrow BF. Your pictures are making me to try soon, so tempting and gives feel. Small doubt, Only 4 mts is enough, whether the semiya will get cooked properly? At the 7th step, after adding to veggie, how long we need to keep in stove ? simply mixing with the veggie or it needs some particular time ?

    1. Yes it will as we are adding to the boiling water so 4mins should be good to go.... mix it and then cook covered for 3mins

    2. Thank you Sharmi, I tried and it came out very well. Really a new and tasty recipe.

  3. Can u please tell me the brand name of vermicelli.?....Coz every time i ended up with sticky briyani, but im sure ts recipe is keeper...thnx for sharing sharmi....Waiting for ur reply

  4. Which vermicelli brand u use sharmi ??? Which r all best for tis ??

    1. @Sindhu, @Priya : Anil and Bambino both the brands are good.I used Bambino this time...just roast it for a while then it will not stick much

    2. Thnx for quick reply,sharmi...Will try


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