The V Tiffin

Welcome to A to Z of tiffin ideas with me. I am trying to give A to Z suggestions for lunch box woes and today is Day 22 with letter V. So Let’s pack the V tiffin.

Vermicelli upma


veggie stuffed paratha

Veggie idli

Veggie Burger

vada pav


I m staying in Nilgiris and Ooty varkey is my kids all time favorite snack with or without milk so I often pack it in Tiffin. You get them in any bakery shop.

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For Vermicilli/ Semiya Upma Recipe


  • Vermicelli/ Semiya 1 Cup
  • Onion 1 Medium Sized finely chopped
  • Potato 1 Medium Sized finely chopped
  • Tomatoes 1 Small  finely chopped
  • Green Chillies 2-3 finely chopped
  • Water 2 Cups
  • Mustard Seeds (Rai) 1 Teaspoon
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta)
  • Urad Dal (Split & Skinned Black Lentil) 1 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder (Haldi) 1/2 Tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon Juice 1 Teaspoon
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Oil and 1 tbsp ghee for frying vermicelli


  • Firstly, Add the vermicelli noodles to a pan along with 1 tablespoon of Ghee (Clarified Butter) and Fry it on low heat for 3-4 minutes till it turns light golden brown in color.
  • Removing the pan from the heat and let it cool
  • Heat oil in another pan and add Mustard Seeds (Rai) to it.  When the Rai starts to crackle, add Urad Dal. Fry till the dal becomes golden in color.
  • Then add the curry leaves. Fry them for a few seconds.
  • Time to add finely chopped onions and green chilies. Let them cook for a minute.
  • Now add finely chopped pieces of potatoes. Fry them till they are almost soft.
  • Next, Add Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder (Haldi) and Salt (as per taste).
  • Furthermore, Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes is gone.
  • Finally, add 1 cup of water to the pan and bring it to a boil.
  • Lastly, Add the roasted Semiya (Vermicelli) to the water.
  • Turn the heat to low. Stir till almost all the water is dried up and soaked by the vermicelli.
  • Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for 8-10 minutes.

For Veggie/ beetroot idli refer my “I” Tiffin post


Vegetable Stuffed Paranthas is one way your kids will definitely eat those vegetables

Today is Day 22 with the letter “V” of AtoZ challenge. My theme for the challenge is ‘Tackling Tiffin tantrums” to help ease lunchbox woes for moms & kids.

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16 Responses

  1. Kalpana Solsi says:

    Vegetable vermicelli is one of my fav snack and I am the only one who likes it in my house. I don’t know Varkey. Vada pav is Mumbaikar’s cherished street food

  2. abhijit says:

    Great tiffin idea. I love vermicelli / semiya Upma.

  3. vada pav is love!! Loved the post!

  4. Vermicelli Upma is my favorite too! It is easy to make & tasty. Kids will love because it looks like noodles. So All in one!

  5. Thanks for a vermicelli upama recipe. When i make it generally it becomes too soggy.

  6. Kaddu says:

    Wait, there are only 2 recipes here. What about the rest? What’s Varkey and Vadai? Are you going to add on to this post later? I am confused.
    Btw, I love mini veg idlis.
    Find my V post @ My Favorite Video Game As A Kid: Nintendo Oil Panic

    • Haha, I generally share 1-2 recipes rest are on my blog only.
      Varkey is like a cookie or nankhatai which is easily available all over Tamilnadu as a tea time snack.
      vadai is just urad dal vada which we eat with sambhar since its tiffin I have not packed vada sambhar but the only vada with sauce.

  7. I had brought Vermicelli and searching for a recipe!:) Thanks Pragun 😊

  8. My kid calls vermicelli to as noodles and veggie vermicelli is his favorite

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