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June 6, 2017

Lemon Sevai Recipe – Instant Rice Sevai Recipes

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Lemon sevai recipe
Lemon sevai is our family favorite breakfast recipe. Sevai also known as Idiyappam sevai is one of the popular South Indian breakfast. Making soft idiyappam at home needs some practice and expertise. So to ease our job, readymade rice vermicelli ( Rice sevai or rice idiyappam in Tamil, Rice vermicelli in English) is available in the market.Though there are many brands, I have tried Anil rice vermicelli and Concord rice sevai. Basically rice sevai is cooked by soaking in hot water for 15 minutes and made instantly just like noodles. Once we know how to cook the rice sevai properly, we can make varieties of sevai recipes by adding different flavors and prepare lemon sevai, tamarind sevai, tomato sevai, coconut sevai, masala vegetable sevai and even sweet sevai by adding sugar or jaggery. Usually I make lemon sevai and sweet sevai as both are our family favorite. I make this dish mostly for breakfast during busy weekday mornings as it saves lot of time when compared to our traditional idiyappam. So today I have shared this post on how to cook the instant rice sevai and make this flavorful, yummy lemon sevai with it. Lets move on with step by step photos !

Do check my homemade basic idiyappam recipe, lemon idiyappam recipes, side dish for idiyappam.
Instant Lemon sevai recipe

Lemon sevai recipe - Instant lemon sevai using rice vermicelli

Lemon sevai recipe - Instant lemon sevai using rice vermicelli How to make lemon sevai using instant rice vermicelli/rice noodles for easy breakfast or dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: Serves 3-4
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Rice vermicelli - 200gms packet ( I used Anil rice vermicelli)
  • Water - approx. 4 cups
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil - Few drops
To prepare lemon sevai
  • Cooking oil or gingely oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tbsp
  • Peanuts - 2 tbsp ( optional)
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Red chilli - 1 no ( Pinched )
  • Green chilli - 2 nos ( slit)
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tbsp or as needed
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 1 tbsp to add in lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish ( optional )


  • Roll boil 4 cups of water adding few drops of cooking oil. In the mean time, squeeze two small lemon and take the juice.Discard the seeds. Add 1 to 2 tbsp water to it. Mix well and keep aside.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Take the vermicelli in a wide bowl and add the boiled water. Level of water should be 1 inch above the vermicelli. Cover & soak it for 20 minutes.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • After soaking, drain the excess water completely using a colander and keep the cooked rice vermicelli ready. Make sure there is no trace of water. It should be fluffy and separate.
  • Spread the vermicelli in a greased idli plate. Boil water in an idli pot. Place the idli plate and steam it for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove and fluff the cooked sevai in a plate. (This step is optional). You can proceed without steaming too.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai,splutter mustard, urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, red chilli, green chilli and curry leaves.Saute till dals become golden. Add the turmeric powder, required salt, lemon juice.Mix well and switch off the flame.
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Add the cooked rice vermicelli to it. Mix gently using a fork like ladle. Check for taste and add more lemon juice if needed. Cook in very low flame for 2 minutes till all the moisture goes off. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot for best taste !
    Lemon sevai recipe
  • Enjoy !


  • The quantity of lemon juice and chilli varies as per the sourness of lemon.
  • If you want, you can use a part of cooked vermicelli to make sweet sevai adding sugar or jaggery syrup, grated coconut and cardamom powder.
  • Do not add more water to soak the vermicelli because it may become mushy.
  • Make sure, you drain all the excess water completely without even a single drop left out. It helps to keep the vermicelli soft and looks fluffy too.
  • Steaming the soaked vermicelli makes it soft like homemade idiyappam. You can try this way for variations. 
Enjoy this easy, instant lemon sevai using rice vermicelli for your breakfast or dinner.
Instant lemon sevai - Rice sevai recipes

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Shobha said...

Delicious snack.. I make it often too.

Chitra said...

Thanks Shoba :)

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harini said...

Hi easy recipe.can u please share how to make Idiyappam flour at home.

Chitra said...

Hi Harini, I have shared it under : cooking basics page.

Raghavan said...

Tried this recipe today...came out very well..thanks a lot for sharing it...

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your feedback :)