Vermicelli (Semiya) Vegetable Biryani

Semiya Biryani

When pressed for time, I tend to go the quick one pot meal way. Semiya Biryani is a delightful one pot light meal, fragrant with aromatic spices and loaded with vegetables. Use whole wheat vermicelli and you have some wholesome goodness on your dinner plate.

Vermicelli (Semiya) Biryani Recipe

Prep & Cooking Time: 40 mts

Serves 5 persons

Cuisine: Indian



2 1/2 cups vermicelli, roast in a tsp of ghee for 4-5 mts till golden brown

2 cups cubed, mixed vegetables (beans, capsicum, carrot, peas, potato)

1 finely sliced large onion

1 tsp green chili-ginger paste

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 cloves

1 elaichi

1/2″ cinnamom

1 bay leaf

1 large tomato, chopped

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tbsps chopped mint leaves

1/2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp ghee

salt to taste

Biryani Masala – Grind to make a fine powder

2 cloves

1/2รขโ‚ฌยณ cinnamon stick

1 elaichi/cardamom

pinch of shah jeera

5-6 pepper corns

1 Boil 5 cups of water and add the vermicelli along with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp ghee. Once the vermicelli is half cooked (it should be undercooked), turn off heat, pour the vermicelli into a colander to drain completely and spread on a wide plate. Keep aside
2 Heat oil and ghee in a cooking vessel, add bay leaf and cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the sliced onions and saute for 4 mts. Add the green chilli-ginger and saute for a mt.
3 Add the cubed vegetables (if using beans, blanch in hot water for 4 mts) and saute on medium heat for 3 mts. Add salt to taste (remember you have already added salt to the boiling vermicelli, so add accordingly). Add tomatoes, place lid, reduce flame and cook for 12-13 mts. Add biryani masala pwd and mix.
4 Now, add the cooked semiya to the sauteed onion-vegetable base and mix it lightly and see that no lumps form. Place lid and cook over low flame for 12-15 mts. Garnish with coriander leaves.
5 Serve hot with raita or pickle of your choice.

Vermicelli Vegetable Biryani

Vermicelli (Semiya) Vegetable Biryani

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 5

Main Ingredients:

  1. vermicelli
  2. vegetables



When pressed for time, I tend to go the one pot meal way. Semiya Biryani is a delightful one pot light meal, fragrant with aromatic spices and loaded with vegetables. Use whole wheat vermicelli and you have some wholesome goodness on your dinner plate.


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26 Responses

  1. Sharmilee says:

    My fav but havent tried it myself, have had it once in my friends place and just luved it. Ur version sounds gud too.

  2. Am facing duplicate comment issue everytime I post a comment

  3. kavita says:

    a wonderful recipe.

  4. subhadra says:

    What a coincidence Sailu.. I made the same dish in the evening and within an hour I see you posting this.. Nice one..

  5. nishi says:

    I love biryani and I love semiya. You’ve made a wonderful fusion of the two. Would love to try this sometime :)

  6. Priya says:

    Wat an excellent looking briyani..yummy..

  7. sharmi says:

    the pic looks very satisfying! I usually make upma, but this one sound awesome. Today I made the maida biscuits. came out well :)
    I am also facing the double comment issue :(

  8. notyet100 says:

    wow this looks so colourful nd yum,..

  9. devi says:

    Hi Sailu,
    thats a good recipe. once i have tasted same biryani at my friend’s place. recipe is same except she fried vermicelli and kept aside, fried vegetables the same way you did with all the masala, then poured water (1 vermi:11/2 water) let it boil, then place vermicelli and stir once with a spoon, put a lid, switch off stove, with in 10 mnts vermicelli absorbs all the water, it comes out very well..

  10. akila says:

    wow simply superb……

  11. Shivani says:

    one of my favorite, good photography

  12. Vidhya says:

    wow that picture is drool worthy…I am bookmarking this recipe dear.

  13. Gayathri says:

    Recipe looks interesting. Nice click

  14. Maria G says:

    Your recipe seems to be very very tempting. am sure gonna try it out.

  15. Wow, looks superb. Never cooked semiya this way. Will definitely give it a try.

  16. laila says:

    semiya look picture perfect. vil definately try it tomoro for lunch.

  17. elmira says:

    i cooked this food today …..nice one….u guys should try it

  18. Sameera says:

    Thank you so much for your recipe!!!! It came out really well.. i prepared it for breaking fast in Ramadan and all my friends loved it!!!

  19. krithika says:

    Super duper hit recipe

  20. Abc says:

    OMG…looks so delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Abc says:

    OMG…looks so delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Lakshmic says:

    is there any reason to use only whole wheat vermicelli…

  23. poorni says:

    I tried this last time without mint leaves and came out very good. This time i had the mint leaves, the recipe did not say when to add them,however some how managed during the step 3. It came out ok. Having said this, this recipe tastes too good. Thank you.

  24. Kishan Swaroop says:

    Taste is too good

  25. rumana says:

    yummy and beautiful dish..

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