Lemon Sevai

November 27, 2018 Motions and Emotions 18 Comments

Lemon Sevai is a popular breakfast recipe from the Southern part of India. I was very familiar with lemon rice since my college days as I did my post graduation from a college in Chennai. But I had no idea we can prepare such an exotic and easy breakfast recipe using sevai. By the name you can understand the taste is similar to lemon rice. However, lemon sevai is light compared to lemon rice. I meant you don't feel heavy after having lemon sevai.

In Bengal, we prepare kheer or payasam using sevai (this is made of wheat). We couldn't imagine any other use of sevai. After my entry to the blogging world I have observed various recipes using sevai, in fact I tried few of them. When you prepare lemon sevai you have to purchase rice sevai packet instead of wheat sevai packet. I have seen many of my blogger friends prepare idiyappam (which is considered as the rice sevai) and followed by lemon sevai.

I have not prepared sevai from scratch instead I purchased the packet of rice sevai sold in the market. I purchased MTR rice sevai packet. This is a quick dish and you need just very few ingredients to prepare it. Peanuts give a crunch to the dish. If you do not like peanuts you can use cashews. I have prepared this lemon sevai in my own way as preferred by my family members and they really enjoy this slightly tangy, little pungent and nutty flavoured lemon sevai.

What all do you prepare using sevai I would love to learn from you? After holidays I am slowly getting back to my regular routine. It's really difficult believe me! Every now and then I am remembering the days I spent during holidays and literally pushing myself to routine life. So I thought of sharing some quick and easy recipe. How was your November? Do you feel the same as I am feeling right now?

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 to 12 minutes
Servings: 2

Lemon Sevai


Rice Sevai - 2 cups
Peanuts - 1/4th cup
Curry Leaves - few/ 1 sprig
Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 2 tablespoon
Green Chilli - 2 to 3
Refined Oil - 1 to 2 tablespoon + few drops of oil to add in water


1. Boil enough water in a pan (almost double the amount of sevai) and add rice sevai in to it. Add few drops oil into the water.
2. Keep the rice sevai in boiling water for few minutes (4 to 5 minutes or until the sevai is cooked properly).
3. Now switch off the gas and drain the water (use a strainer) and if required hold it under running tap water to avoid getting over cooked. Keep aside.
4. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves.
5. Once they crackle, add peanuts in the oil and fry till they are brown.
6. Next slit the green chillies and add into the oil.
7. Now time to add cooked rice sevai, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
8. Give a good mix and switch off the gas and finally add lemon juice.
9. Mix the lemon juice well and at this time the colour will change.
10. Serve it hot.

N.B.: If you heat it after adding lemon juice, it might give a bitter taste.


  1. Looks so good and yummy!True it's really tough to get back to routine after holidays..

  2. One of my favourite flavour of sevai. through i always buy lemon flavor from market never tried at home but i thibk i should try your recipe .its looking extremely yummy

  3. Looks so inviting! I love the colour too.

  4. Looks lovely. Beautiful colour. Nice captures

  5. Looks yummy. we in North India make sevai in a different way as Jave.. Will give this recipe a try.. yellow color of the sevai looks so pretty!!

  6. Lemon sevai brought back so many childhood memories of mine. This was my favourite dish not just as breakfast even I use to enjoy this evening as after school snacks. Your post remimded me of this amazing dish which I totally forgot. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love the flavorful sevai. Love the color and aroma of this dish an dyours looks yummy.

  8. What a vibrant post with something different. I loved the flavour of lemon used in sevai.

  9. Never get bored of this ultimate sevai, all time favourite after coconut sevai, you are tempting me rite now.

  10. One of our quick breakfast fix...Yours looks yummy with the vibrant yellow colour!!

  11. Looks just perfect, I loved how you have used minimal turmeric and not made it deep yellow, totally my kind :) ALso, I always add some capsicum and peas, and serve it with coconut chutney. One of the most preferred combinations for breakfast / tiffin at weddings and other functions in Karnataka.

  12. Love the vibrant color of the sevai. Looks so yummy! Perfect for me. A filling breakfast. Lovely share!

  13. I usually make lemon rice, but have never tried making it with sevai. Love the mellow yellow, it looks delicious :)

  14. I make lemon semai in weekends. My kids enjoy it with orange juice. Looks delicious:)

  15. We love lemon sevai and yours looks nicely prepared. I often use Dragon variety.

  16. I do make sometime lemon sevai, and my family enjoys to the core. looks delicious!

  17. Lemon sevai looks so flavourful and delicious.Perfect for breakfast and lunch box.


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