Rice Vermicelli Uppittu or Rice Noodles Upma

Rice noodles or Rice vermicelli are thin noodles that are made from rice. Their principal ingredients are rice flour and water. Rice vermicelli has a white color when cooked. Just like in India, it is available in many grocery stores in USA also.

In India, we call this dish Akki Shavige Uppittu. In B’lore we used to get the Dragon variety. I have brought these noodles (the thin variety) from Giant, Safeway, and Asian Stores like Han Ah Reum etc. The one I usually use for making this recipe looks like this:

Rice Noodles


  • 1 Packet of Rice noodles.
  • Mixed frozen vegetables like peas, carrot, capsicum, beans.
  • Green chillies to taste, I usually use 8-10 finely chopped
  • 5-6 curry leaves finely chopped(optional)
  • 1 tsp channa dal(optional)
  • 1 tsp urad dal(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp haldi(optional)
  • Cilantro finely chopped for garnishing
  • Lemon juice(optional)
  • 4-5 tsp fresh coconut(optional)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 tsp Oil


In a lager pot boil enough water. Once the water is boiling, turn off the gas, and add the noodles. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes, it will turn white. Drain the water completely.Keep aside.

Microwave all the above vegetables until soft. Keep aside.

In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering all over your stove, add urad dal, chaana dal, turmeric or haldi, green chillies, and curry leaves. Fry for a minute or two. Now add the cooked vegetables, and fry for another few minutes. Next add the cooked noodles, salt. Make sure you keep stirring once you add the noodles. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well, keep stirring on low fire. Adjust the seasoning.

Finally, add the finely chopped cliantro, fresh coconut, and lemon juice and serve while hot.

Akki Shavige Uppittu

10 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for the Rice Vermicelli Uppittu. I have to try it out, and inform you if it doesn’t come out.


  2. Posted by Lavanya on December 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Hi Meera,

    Thank you for your reply. I shall try your method and see.



  3. Posted by meeraghu on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 am

    1. I don’t measure water, I add enough water so that it completely covers the vermicelli.
    2. As soon as you add the vermicelli, and you feel it is soft, drain the water. The vermicelli I use, never becomes like a paste as soon as I add it to water. Try different varieties of vermicelli. The ones you are using might be the problem as well.

    Hope this helps.


  4. Posted by Lavanya on December 21, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Hi Meera,
    Firstly, I would like to thank you for giving this recipe.
    I have tried shavige bath several times but it has not come out well.
    I have 2 queries.
    Pl reply.
    1. How much water(before boiling) required for 2 cups of vermicelli?
    2. After i add vermicelli to the boiled water it becomes paste. So should i add vermicelli to the luke warm water.



  5. Posted by Manjula on August 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Meera,

    I tried this recipe, but somehow noodles became very soft. Final output was like paste. I guess noodles which i bot was not that good.


    Hi Manjula, you might have soaked the noodles far too long.


  6. Posted by meeraghu on October 22, 2008 at 10:40 am

    It indeed is tasty Preeti.


  7. Posted by preeti on October 22, 2008 at 5:27 am

    oh thanks a lot for your response Meera . the shavige uppittu looks tempting.I love IT. and will definitely give it a try.Wow!


  8. Posted by meeraghu on October 20, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Hi Preeti,
    I didn’t cut the noodles. I drain them, and when I mix them with all the other stuff in the pan, break them using a spatula.
    Yes, it is chinese noodles.


  9. Posted by preeti on October 20, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Hi meera,
    i have doubt . the picture of the noodle ,noodle looks long and in the upma it’s evenly cut.did u cut it before boiling? is this the very thin hair cut chinese noodles that is used in soups?


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