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Monday, March 4, 2013

Lemon Sevai | Lemon Idiyappam

Lemon Sevai | Lemon Idiyappam
String hoppers or Idiyappam is a traditional south Indian recipe. It is prepared using rice. My mom usually makes the Idiyappam from scratch in home. As I don't have the Idiyappam vessel in US, I get the instant Idiyappam. There are many versions of this sevai /santhakkai / Idiyappam /Rice Noodles / Indian Noodles. One way is to have the cooked Idiyappam with coconut milk and sugar. Other ways of enjoying the sevai are lemon sevai, coconut sevai and tomato sevai. Please check below steps for making Lemon sevai.

Preparation Time:     5 mins
Cook Time :                5 mins
Ready in :                   10 mins
Yields :                        2 Servings. 
Lemon Sevai

Instant Rice sevai
(Tightly packed)
2 Cups
Lemon Juice
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Ginger finely chopped 
1 tsp
Chana dal
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
As needed
Green chillies
Red chillies
Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves
2 stalks

  • Cook instant rice sevai as per instructions given in packet. Over cooking the sevai will make it sticky. Mix 1 tbsp of Oil and keep it ready.
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  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in the pan and add mustard and allow it to splutter. Add chana dal, urad dal and fry it till chana dal turns golden brown color. Add finely chopped ginger, green chillies and red chillies and fry for a min. Add turmeric powder and fry till raw smell goes off..
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  • Add roasted peanuts. Fry till raw smell goes off. Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves. Mix it with cooked sevai, salt and lemon juice.

Lemon Idiyappam | Lemon Sevai | Lemon Santhakkai
Lemon Idiyappam

  • To get rich flavour for serving in parties or get-together, add roasted peanuts or roasted cashews.
  • Adjust chillies to your taste.


  1. Nithya, how did u get the yellow color without adding turmeric powder?

    1. Sorry, I forgot to mention turmeric powder in Ingredients list.. Updated it now..


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