September 25, 2006

Semiya Bagala Bath (Vermicelli Curd Rice)

We spent our Saturday in Toronto. After a delicious heavy lunch at Udupi Palace at Gerard Street and a meetha paan at Paan Place we strolled on the street looking at the sarees, bangles, kitchen utensils and film posters. We also noticed quite a few supermarkets and went in to check the dal prices.

Along with dal, we bought loads of other things. Vermicelli was one of them. We made bagala bath with the vermicelli and topped it with red grapes, and pomegranate seeds. It was delicious. You can substitute pomegranate and grapes with raisins, cashews or green grapes. Here is how we made it.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
2 cup vermicelli
2 cups yogurt - we use no-fat
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup grapes - cut in half
1 red chilli
1 green chilli
1/2 tspoon mustard seeds
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon urad dal
pinch of asafoetida
1 tspoon oil
4 cups water
salt to taste
cilantro to garnish

Heat a wide bottomed pan with 1/2 tspoon oil and lightly roast the vermicelli. Set it aside.
In the same pan, boil 4 cups water and add the vermicelli.
Cook for 3-4 minutes till it is cooked (but not overcooked).
Strain the vermicelli and run it under cold water.
Heat the rest of the oil and temper it with mustard seeds, asafoetida, red chilli, green chilli, urad dal & cumin seeds. Add it to the vermicelli.
Add salt, and yogurt. Mix it well.
Then add pomegranate seeds, grapes and chopped cilantro leaves and serve.


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  2. Hi Mandira,

    This is completely new to me and sounds really interesting. Will look for that vermicelli next time I'm shopping. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Mandira, your recipe sounds yummy! Will try it tomorrow...Thanks for sharing...

  4. never heard abt this recipe ..will try soon thnx for sharing

  5. Mandira this is new to me too.. easy to make and thanks for sharing a new recipe.

  6. Vermicelli and Yogurt..nice combination which i never tried. Thanks for sharing.
    First time here..liked all your recipes. Have to visit often.

  7. Nice combination for a classic recipe!! Great job, mandira!!

  8. Mandira, this is my first time at your blog. lots of nice recipes and stuff to read. Great work!

    Semiya Bagala Bath is a nice recipe. and with pomegranate seeds? yummm.. I also add fried salt-cured chllies to mine. Adds a tangy sidenote to the dish :)

    happy cooking!

  9. sqrlnt7:41 PM

    you are getting more and more innovative by the day..:)

    Btw, GA was okkk...but i have more faith in it than i have in DH..:D ugly betty too!

  10. BTW, u also moved to beta, beta? The label thing is EXACTLY what grease monkey was supposed to do but didnt.. its really convenient na?

  11. Thanks Linda, it is quick to make too. Do give it a try.

    Chanrika - Thanks, let me know how it turns out.

    Haripriya - It is curd rice with a twist. :) Do try.

    Prema- Thanks. We finished making it in about 30 minutes including the prep time. Easy and quick!

    Sudha - Welcome to Ahaar. Thank you for your wonderful comment. Do visit often.

    Asha - Thanks. It is going to be a regular in our house.

    Saffron - It's great to see you here, welcome to ahaar. Loved your idea of adding the curd-chillies. Will try it next time.

    Sqrlnt - Beta, beta is great. I am not sure if I like the new template though :(

  12. Anonymous5:47 PM

    Hi gals
    This is a very nice dish and a slight change u can do as upma also without curd.I have tried , u guys also try and happy cookin

  13. Anonymous5:21 AM

    hi mam,

    thanks for the post. i love this dish. i was googling it when i came across ur blog. i ate it once when i went to my ants place and fell in love with it.

    a unique way of enjoying the goodness of yogurt :)

  14. Anonymous5:58 PM

    What a great post.I made this recipe at home and it was awesome and interesting. In fact my uncle who likes to visit Viagra Online recommended me this.


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