January 26, 2013

Lemon Peanut Sevai | Savoury vermicelli with Lemon and peanut dressing | Easy lunchbox recipes


School Lunchbox for kiddo is a medley of Idli, combo meals, Rotis-Parathas, sandwiches. But sometimes its also quick dishes that can be made in a jiffy, especially on rushed mornings. As she loves tarty dishes, this is a quick Lemony Nutty Sevai (vermicelli) that is prepared with a combo of powdered peanuts & finished with Lemon juice. Can be prepared in 10 mins flat, and doesn’t need any accompaniment except perhaps some potato wafers. 

After the combo meals Palak Theplas-Alu Bhaji, Arisi Paruppu Saadam sent the last two days to Blogging Marathon # 24 under Healthy Lunchbox Ideas, this is another item to that stable.

Savoury Vermicilli with Lemon & Peanut dressing.


Prep time – 10 mins | Cook time – 10 mins | Serves – 2
Difficulty level : Easy | Spice Level : Mild

Ingredients:
  • Roasted Vermicelli – 1 cup (or roast the broken raw vermicelli in 1 tsp of ghee/ oil till it turns slightly brown)
  • Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Peanuts – two handfuls
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, curry leaves, Urad dal (split black gram – 1 tsp)
  • Turmeric – a generous pinch
  • Green chillies – 1 or 2 (optional if made for kids)
  • Onions – 1 (finely minced)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon juice – 1 TBSP


Method:
Dry roast the peanuts. Leaving aside a few for garnish, coarsely powder the rest.
Put 3 cups of water to boil. When it comes to a rolling boil, add ½ tsp of oil and a pinch of salt and tip in the roasted vermicelli. Cook for 4 – 6 mins till done (This is the proportion I use to cook the vermicelli – you may follow the instructions on the pack.If using Rice Vermicelli instead of the wheat based ones, the timings may vary).
Either way, boil till cooked, transfer to a colander  / sieve and run cold water over it for 1 min. Using a fork, fluff till it is separate – you don’t want a lumpy mass.
In a non stick pan, heat the rest of the oil.  Splutter the mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves & chillies (if using). Once the dal turns brown, add the minced onions and sauté till they turn pinkish brown, about 2 mins.
Then add turmeric, salt and peanuts. Saute them and add the fluffed vermicelli. Toss for 1-2 mins on low flame. Now add the peanut powder and mix vigorously.
Turn off stove. Finish with coriander leaves, lemon juice.
Serve as it is or with potato wafers J


15 comments:

  1. Nice idea...will try this for my daughter... :-)


    Helen
    http://myworldmyhome2012.blogspot.in

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  2. Those groundnuts are looking so tempting!

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  3. Such a droolworthy dish, cant ask more..

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  4. I love this - and so quick and easy - this is such a great recipe I can't wait to try it!

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  5. good one kalyani; hope u r doing good and the kids are fine. my love to both

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  6. delicious one,my kiddo loves a lot...

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  7. delicious one,my kiddo loves a lot...

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  8. It so colorful, that's the first thing that kids notice. Looks really nice.

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  9. loved the clicks Kalyani, bowl looks absolutely mothwatering

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  10. My son's favorite dish especially with peanuts. Unfortunately one of his classmate has peanut allergy, so can't send this for lunch, he has enjoy this only at home.

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  11. Awesome recipe for kids lunch box

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  12. Nice and long...Perfectly done vermicilli...must be very delicious too...

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  13. I am sure my kids would love this!..looks so good Kalyani..

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Kalyani

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