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
- 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
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