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
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.