Vermicelli Pulao

Vermicelli Pulao is a one pot nutritious meal, with the goodness of made with the vermicelli noodles(Sevai/Jave) and mixed vegetables.

A light and nutritious meal that can be packed in lunch boxes(stays fresh for at least 4-5 hrs in Thermos Flask), weekend breakfast or for quick dinner.

Vermicelli are cooked  in both sweet and savoury forms and there are lot of variations in both the ways. I have shared a savoury vermicelli recipe of “Namkeen Jave” that is quick an easy recipe and a family favourite. Vermicelli Pulao is a variation of this recipe, where you can add more vegetables to enhance the nutrient value.

I make this version mainly for kids school lunchbox, or for quick dinner option. It is light on stomach and filling. The spice level in pulao can be adjusted as per your taste. I do not make it very spicy and keep the spice level to medium so the kids specially my 7 yr old can have it conveniently a school.

How to make Vermicelli Pulao.. 

Everyone one has their own version of making this one pot meal.  Be it Namkeen Jave or Meethe Jave(Vermicelli Pudding in Milk), I always roast  sevai before cooking, this enhances the flavour of any vermicelli dish.

I like to add vegetables like peas, carrots, sweet corn and potatoes. You can use the fresh or frozen vegetables.

One thing the really adds flavour to savoury vermicelli dishes is Desi Ghee. I do not shy away from using Desi Ghee, it really enhances the flavour of dishes and is good for kids and even grown ups when had in moderation. Eating healthy and doing workouts of any kind like walking, yoga, swimming must be a part of your daily routine. To stay healthy, working out is also very important apart from having a healthy and nutritious meal.

To avoid the sticky Pulao, one should  add water very carefully while cooking it, and also the flame should be kept on medium. Too high flame will dry up the water very quickly and leaves uncooked vermicelli. Too low heat will make it very sticky.

Let’s see how I make this Light and nutritious Vermicelli Pulao 

Vermicelli Pulao

A light and nutritious quick meal with vermicelli/sevai/jave and mixed vegetables. Learn how to make Vermicelli Pulao. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups Vermicelli
  • 1 Onion(medium)
  • 1 Cup Mixed vegetables (carrots, pea, corn, potatoes)
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala I do not add
  • 1 tbsp Desi Ghee/Good Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • In an non stick pan, dry roast vermicelli till light brown. when done, take out in a plate and keep aside to cool.
  • Finely chop onions and tomato. If adding potato, cut potato in small and thin pieces else these take time to cook or will be raw.
  • In another pan or same pan, add ghee in pan, when the ghee is warm enough add cumin seeds/jeera.
  • Once the seeds crackle, add finely chopped onions. When onions turn light pink, add chopped tomatoes.
  • Cook till tomatoes start turning soft. Add vegetables and saute for a minute. Add the spices and salt and mix well.
  • Add 1/2 Cup water, cover and cook the vegetables for a 2-3 minutes. 
  • Once the veggies are soft, add the roasted vermicelli mix well and add another 1/2 Cup water. 
  • Cover and cook on medium flame, till water dries up and  vermicelli. Do not over mix vermicelli as these will get sticky and mushy. Also, once done, cover and keep off flame for 3-4 minutes. 
  • fluff and serve with ketchup or chutney or just like that. 


Add finely chopped green chillies inplace of red chillies. I didn't had so skipped here and added red chilli powder. 
Keyword Easy Lunchbox Ideas, Sevai Pulao, Vegan, Vegetarian

Do try this Vermicelli Pulao my way. A light and nutritious  breakfast or quick and easy dinner option.

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This is 24th in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April ’19.

Day 24. Vermicelli Pulao. 

I wanted to make the  Xacuti Masala Rice Pulao for the letter X(found on net for the letter X), but didn’t get the masala at the Indian store. There are very few ingredients that start with X so I had only one option. Also, I had never tried it before so gave up the thought of making the masala at home.

Mega Blogging Marathon, is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.

My earlier posts for the event..

Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri

Day 2.  B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao

Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi

Day 4. D..Dhaniya Pulao

Day 5. E.. Easy Steamed Rice in Instant Pot with Pot in Pot Method

Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao

Day 7. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao

Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 9. I.. Iyengar Puliyogare(Instant)

Day 10. J.. Jeera Rice

Day 11. K.. Kashmiri Pulao

Day 12. L.. Lucknowi Veg. Dum Biryani

Day 13. M.. Mixed Veg Pulao

Day 14. N.. No-Onion No-Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao

Day 15. O.. Oats and Moong Dal Khichdi

Day 16. P.. Pearl Pulao

Day 17. Q..Quinoa Pulao

Day 18. R.. Rajasthani Kabuli(Jodhpuri Pulao)

Day 19. S.. Spicy Chilli Garlic and Bell Pepper Rice

Day 20. T.. Tomato Corn and Basil Pulao

Day 22. V. Vegetable Biryani in Instant Pot

Day 23. W. Walnut and Cranberry Rice


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

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Author: Swati

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12 thoughts

  1. I love vermicelli pulao but hubby doesn’t like it. He thinks that it should only be used for desserts. I make it for myself when he has to go out for meetings or goes out with his friends. I like your idea of adding tomato.

  2. Yum… Love vermicelli pulao. I make it like biryani some times. Between haven’t seen xacuti masala in stores.We ended up making our own. 🙂

  3. This pulao is surely a quick fix Swati. Coming to X, we also have options to use adjectives like X’tremly delicious etc..:) could’ve checked out with me on that.

  4. One of my favorites. Love to have this as my breakfast at times. Looks delicious

  5. It looks perfectly made without the vermicelli being clumpy. I go with the whole garam masala for pulao version. This gets made at least once a week in our home, us being upma lovers.

  6. Yes agree on morning walks and workouts ! They not only keep you healthy but also give you a sense of well-being .
    The noodles look very well made , desi ghee ka tadka would definitely enhance the taste . Great share .

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