A bright morning with Vermicelli - Namkeen Seviyan

With all the dwindling interests of mine, there’s only one that has stood the test of time. And that is my faithful sleep. It’s my favourite companion. In joy, in sorrow, when I’m tired or even when I'm sad, my love for sleep never leaves my side. Thankfully there’s lot of solace in knowing that.

Sometimes when I’m wide asleep I dream of waking up to hot breakfast served in bed, by my dear hubby. See I told you laziness has no limits. It even enters the domain of my dreams.  But then even God knows when I’m being dreamy and when I’m being plain lazy, so anyways this desire has yet not been rewarded by hubby in this way. Though he has made breakfasts for me on many occasions, as and when I lovingly requested him to. I guess I should be happy for that!

So on such days when you desire for a simple breakfast in the bed or on dining table to start your day on good note, I would highly recommend trying ‘namkeen seviyan’. A delicious savoury Indian breakfast with a hint of sweetness and warmth of cardamom and nuts. Have it with green tea or ginger tea and your smile will be back for a great morning!

 Namkeen Seviyan is vermicelli (a bit thicker variety) combined with mild spices and nuts or veggies to make a hearty breakfast or even a light lunch. Great for packing in lunchbox of kids or to serve when you have unexpected guests.

Namkeen Seviyan/ Vermicelli Pulao Recipe


Seviyan - 1/2 pack or 1 cup (I used MTR pack, which is bit thick and lightly toasted)

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves - 3-4

Green chilly - 1 slit

Onion - 1 small, finely chopped

Oil - 1/2 tbsp

Boiled veggies - 1/4 cup (optional- like carrots, peas, potatao)

Nuts - 1-2 tbsp (I used cashews, raisins and peanuts)

Salt to taste 

Black pepper - to taste

Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp

Sugar - a pinch

Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp

Coriander leaves for garnishing


1. There are many ways the vemicelli is used for this. Some like to toast it before adding to spices. Since I use thicker mildly toasted one. I prefer to put it boiling water for 2 mins to soften it. And then drain it, just like regular pasta.

2. Heat a pan and add oil/ghee to it. Then add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add curry leaves and green chilly. Now add the chopped onion and saute it for a min or two, till its translucent. No need to brown it.

3. Now add chopped veggies, if using. Let it cook for a while and when almost done add the drained vermicelli. Add salt, black pepper, sugar and cumin powder and toss it all nicely.

4. Add toasted peanuts and other nuts. Add little lemon juice (optional) and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Ready to serve . Relish it!

And next time teach your husband too to make this dish. You never know when you get woken up to this tasty breakfast in bed by him!

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