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Vermicelli Egg Pulao - Instant Pot Semiya Egg Pulao

This recipe is really easy to make and a quick breakfast/snack item. The kids love it and it is a go to evening snack item in our home when the kids are hungry or have a playdate.

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


Egg Topping



  • Wash and finely chop the onion, cilantro, and slit the serrano pepper.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot, add cardamoms, bay leaf, cloves, whole dried red chili peppers, cinnamon stick, and serrano pepper.
  • Add asafoetida. Stir
  • Add the chopped onions and keep stirring to prevent the onions from burning.
  • When the onions turn golden in about 2 to 4 minutes add the ginger garlic paste. Stir.
  • Add the frozen mixed vegetables, cashew nuts, and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the roasted vermicelli, water, salt, and ground turmeric. Stir well. Make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot and scrape the bottom of the pot well.
  • Press cancel. 
  • Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 1 minute. 
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl crack open the eggs, add the black pepper, chili powder, and salt. Whisk the egg mixture with a fork. 
  • Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium-heat. When the oil is hot, add the egg mix in the pan.
  • Distribute the egg mixture evenly across the pan.
  • Cook for about 2 to 4 minutes on medium-heat. Use a ladle to keep mixing in order to make scrambled eggs. Turn the heat off when the eggs are cooked. 
  • Meanwhile, when manual pressure is done and the instant pot beeps, release the pressure naturally for the vermicelli for 4 minutes. Then quick release the pressure.
  • Transfer the vermicelli in a serving bowl and discard the bay leaf.
  • Add the cooked scrambled egg mixture to the cooked vermicelli. 
  • Add the lemon juice and fluff it with a fork and mix well.


  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.


  • This recipe has been tried on a 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • Ground cayenne pepper and red chili powder can be used interchangeably as both of them make the dish spicy. So if you don’t have red chili powder you can use cayenne pepper instead.
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