Namkeen Jave

Namkeen Jave, a savoury vermicelli dish from Uttar Pradesh India, served mainly for breakfast or at tea time. Vermicelli are whole wheat or semolina noodles(kind of) that are quite popular in India. These noodles are used to prepare lot of breakfast or snack items(sweet and savoury, both) with the variations in the ingredients depending upon the region and state.

In Uttar Pradesh Vermicelli  is are popular with the name of Jave or Jawe.

Meethe Jave (Sweet vermicelli) or namkeen Jave (savoury preparation). Meethe Jave are made when vermicelli is cooked in milk till thick kheer like consistency, with or without nuts like almonds and raisins.

Namkeen Jave (Savoury Vermicelli or Seviyan) are very easy and quick to prepare. This is a no fuss dish and can be adapted a per one’s availability of vegetables.

I still remember, when I was a kid, my dadi(grandmother), mom and aunts used to make with hands. Making Jave with hands was a time consuming process. I playfully used to try making jave with my hands but every time I failed  :).  I always thought that making Jave required some special expertise( I suppose) that their vermicelli used to come out very fine and perfect. Nowadays Vermicelli packs are available, very few people are still there who make this vermicelli with hands. And trust me the taste and the texture of the dish made with handmade Jave is very different then what we get from the packed ones.

As a kid when I used to go to my hometown, namkeen jave were served to guests along with other snacks with tea. At my mom’s place Jave used to be one of the Sunday breakfast item. I too make it quite a lot, many times fro dinner also when I need to make something quick and easy, without spending time in kitchen. These days there are lot of variations of the dish have come up like vermicelli pulao, vermicelli upma and so on..I grew up eating this simple version where vermicelli are cooked in desi ghee with onions and thinly sliced potatoes(with or without tomatoes). Desi ghee imparts a unique taste to the dish. I still make Jave in the same utentic way many times and my kids too love this version. 

Here I present you the simplest recipe for Jave just with onions and potatoes. Let’s see how I make it..

Namkeen Jave/Jawe

Namkeen Jave, a savoury vermicelli dish from Uttar Pradesh India, served mainly for breakfast or at tea time. Made with onions and potatoes in desi ghee this is one of the simplest breakfast item. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2


  • 1 Cup Vermicelli
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onions
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Potato
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder optional
  • 1-2 tbsp Desi Ghee/Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Dry roast Vermicelli till light brown in a pan. Once done take out and transfer to a plate/bowl.
  • In the same pan or a different one,heat ghee, add cumin seeds. Once cumin seeds crackle, add onions and finely chopped green chillies.
  • Saute till onions are light pink.
  • Add finely chopped potatoes and cook till the potatoes are soft. You can add 1-2 tbsp of water to cook potatoes, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Adjust the spice level when making for kids.
  • Once potatoes are done add roasted vermicelli and salt. Mix and add 1.5 cup water. 
  • Cover the pan and cook on medium flame till water evaporates and jave soft. Press 2-3 strands between the index finger and thumb. 
  • Take off the flame and keep it covered for 1-2 minutes. Fluff lightly with fork and serve ho, with tomato ketchup or squeeze some lime/lemon juice and chopped onions and enjoy!!


Linking my Jave Dish to Healthy Wellthy Cuisine group, where this fortnight theme is Vermicelli Mania .. 62HWCG  #VermecellianiaATHW.

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Do try my way of making Namkeen Jave in Desi Ghee. You will the love the authentic taste. These are also suitable for vegans. Those who have gluten allergies can make with gluten-free vermicelli like made with Ragi (Finger Millets).

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Author: Swati

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17 thoughts

  1. This is perfect for my lunch box. I love the addition of the humble potatoes.

    1. Thanks Sasmita !! In U.P these are called Jave 🙂 ..and yes these are perfect for quick and light breakfast.

  2. This is one of my favorite dish. Super easy to make.
    Yours is looking amazingly delicious and that mirchi is like sone pe suhaga!!

  3. Namkeen jave sounds like a perfect breakfast Swaty ! Never added potatoes in this upma though. Will try your version next time.

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