Semiya pulihora | Semiya Lemon Pulihora

Semiya Pulihora, also known as Vermicelli Lemon Pulihora, is a traditional South Indian dish made with thin vermicelli noodles and a tangy lemon-based seasoning. The dish is typically made with a mixture of spices, peanuts, and curry leaves, and is often served as a side dish or as a main course. The addition of lemon juice gives the dish a unique and refreshing flavor. It is often served during festive occasions and is a popular dish in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Here is a basic recipe for cooking Semiya Pulihora:


  • 1 cup vermicelli noodles
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated coconut (optional)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves.
  2. When the seeds start to crackle, add peanuts, green chilies and grated coconut. Cook for a minute.
  3. Add turmeric powder and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add vermicelli noodles, salt to taste and stir well.
  5. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and cover the pan with a lid. Cook until the vermicelli is soft and all the water is absorbed.
  7. Once done, switch off the flame and add lemon juice. Mix well.
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  9. Serve hot.

Note: The recipe can be adjusted to personal taste by adding or reducing the amount of lemon juice, green chillies, and peanuts.






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