Yogurt Vermicelli

Summer in Chennai is quite brutal. Days are long with temperature in the 110s and humidity greater than 85%. Scorching sun, sweat pouring in rivulets, erratic power supply and water scarcity are some things that come to my mind when I think about it. But summer also means juicy mangoes, fragrant jasmines and water melons. At least there is something to look forward to.

Anything cool and refreshing is a welcome relief. So, my mom used to make yogurt vermicelli for dinner, which she learnt from my Aunt U. Cool yogurt and fruit along with creamy vermicelli is like a pudding, sweet and savoury, together. Vermicelli was always preferred over rice for dinner. This was one of those meals we never complained about.

Pomegranate is my favourite fruit in this recipe, followed by grapes. You can season with mustard seeds, but I like to keep it simple and sweet. This is my entry to Sra’s AFAM – Pomegranate.

Yogurt Vermicelli

Ingredients

Vermicelli or semiya – 1 cup
Yogurt or Curd – 1 cup
Salt – a pinch
Pomegranate seeds or grape halves – 1 cup

Method

Dry roast vermicelli for a couple of minutes. Boil 6 cups of water and cook vermicelli for about 3 minutes, until it is cooked through. Drain using a colander and rinse vermicelli in cold water. Return vermicelli to the pot, mix with yogurt and salt. Refrigerate until served. Mix pomegranate or grape halves just before serving.

Edited to Add: Mansi at Fun and Food, is hosting WBB - Balanced Breakfast this month. She graciously asked me to send this to her event. I am more than happy to, Mansi.

52 comments:

BitterSweet said...

Wow, I've never seen vermicelli used like this before- How creative!

Kalai said...

Gorgeous presentation, as usual, Suganya! I have yet to try this, but it's on my to do list!! :)

Priya said...

I made a similar one with poha....add some leftover onions and carrots with the basic tadka. It was soooo yummy. Will try your vermicelli version too. I have been trying to substitute rice in most of my meals.

Kevin said...

This sounds like a cool and tasty treat! I enjoy cold noodle dishes in the heat of the summer.

Nags said...

this looks so refreshing. and a very easy recipe too

jayasree said...

I love thayir semia. Liked your idea of adding pomegranate/grapes. Shall add them next time. Lovely presentation as usual.

Divya Vikram said...

Hi Suganya..
just now happened to see ur blog..Its really so good..
all ur recipes are very creative and guess u r an expert in photography..
Keep rocking!

Jayashree said...

It's not yet summer and it's already hot here.....thair semiya looks good...i usually add mustard and urad dal for seasoning...your recipe with pomegranates sounds like a cool way to beat the heat.

sra said...

That's really lovely, Suganya! Trust you to elevate an everyday dish to this level! Thanks for the entry.

Shella said...

What great use of vermicilli, never heard of anything like this....

Srivalli said...

Its interesting to find similarities in our moms...:D..I posted this sometime back and interesting to find it here...and of course your picture looks like out of cookbook...nice entry..looks yummy...that reminds me that I got to make it again!

Meeta said...

Outstanding! Simple yet so elegant. Lovely picture too!

Sia said...

i second sra. love this dish and even curd rice with pom seeds.

Asha said...

I almost cannot see the Vermicelli!! Pom seeds look like Rubies!! Beautiful Suganya!:

Coffee said...

Sug, your pics always leave me wanting to look for more.... but I always see just one pic (hint hint) ;)

Simply gorgeous pics!!

sowmya said...

my mom used to make this adding mustard and green chillies also.
Yours look very creative. Addition of pom seeds has made it prettier..lovely picture...

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Very pretty picture!

Aparna said...

I make a pomegaranate raita often with yogurt but vermicelli is interesting. Looks lovely as usual.

Priya said...

i love this dish so much. i temper it.
yr version looks great and simple.

if u don't mind i like to suggest one think.
the picture looks great. but the background color needs to be changed. the dish just disappears in to the background.

Happy cook said...

Me too have never seen vermecellie used like this.

Namratha said...

I remember having this at a friend's place back in India, and loved it. Thanks for the recipe Suganya, and lovely pics! :)

Mythreyee said...

This is so lovely and very innovative. Great recipe.

Manasi said...

How refreshing!!! Awesome presentation, as usual!

Pooja V said...

Gorgeous looking. We amke similar thing but with poha and usual tadka but serving this with fruit must b heavvenly.

masalamagic said...

looks and sounds delicious!

Lucy said...

So festive and so beautiful!

musical said...

Heavenly beauties! This would cool one off even in the sultriest summers!

Laavanya said...

My daughter loves this and I season it with the usual stuff. Adding pomegranates is such a 'cool' idea (pun intended) :)

Superchef said...

mmmm...semiya bath...lovely!! n the presentation is awesome!

Dhivya said...

wow awesome presentation...creative

sandhya said...

so easy to make and so refreshing... great entry

sunita said...

That looks so delicious...amazing recipe :-)

Revathi said...

again a simple dish taken to a whole differnt level becoz of the presentation.. looks lovely !!

thanks for the mail. I will get to it this weekend.

Eskay said...

Splendid Suganya! Have something for you my chow chronicles.
:)

Manisha said...

You've got a very cool almost high-key pic going there! A little bit of adjusting of the levels and you're there. The bokeh at the base of the stem of the glass at the back is also very pretty!

I'm not sure vermicelli and yogurt would have ever enthused me much if I hadn't seen this pic!

And, thanks for the info on the grinders! You rock!

vegeyum said...

I really like the sound of this. I have some roasted vermicelli in the cupboard, and hope to try this over the weekend.

I love the photos. I saw a lot of pomegranates in Kerala recently. They tasted a lot sweeter than the ones that we get here. Ours are quite tart.

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Uma said...

Lovely as usual. Yum!

Prema Sundar said...

Yeah know abt the summer in chennai... yogurt vermicelli would be quite refreshing. came across this long before in MT's blog too.
pomegranate seeds in yogurt and vermicelli would sure taste delicious.

Bharathy said...

Yes,Summer is catching up here!..

..Looks very comforting and simple!These kind of recipes are always welcome..Will ceratainly give a shot!..:)

Mona said...

They look so lovely! Never tasted Vermicelli with Yoghurt though!! Looks like a completely new recipe to me. Thnx for sharing

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Raaga said...

I love this :-)
And your pics are awesome as always... now I know what you meant when you said to add cardamom to the carrot cake :-) Lovely muffin too!

And I have yet to try making idli at home... I must try!

Menu Today said...

Hi Suganya,

Lovely presentation!!! Your version looks simple and healthy without oil. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Cynthia said...

Pic is mesmerizing as always. Tell me, this would be considered as savoury?

Homecooked said...

Wow....a really innovative recipe.I love vermicelli kheer but this looks really tasty.

Gattina said...

Very "Audrey Harper"... both the look and taste are totally elegant!

Archana said...

i love thayir semia. Its one of my favorites during summer as well. Nice pictures.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

this is a new recipe to me...
your presentation is superb...:)

shyam said...

You have been tagged :) Let's have 7 weird things about you, please! (Only if you have the time and the inclination, of course)

Mansi Desai said...

wow, look at that! it's a winner throgh and through Suganya!! awesome! I'd ask you to send this for my WBB event, except that I know you'd come up with something even more wonderful:)

The pic, of course, is surreal!!:)

Sidin said...

Unbelievably super food blog... burp.

Garam Masala said...

Wow... I must have not spent enough summers in chennai. I have never seen/had this delicious looking treat before!

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