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

  • 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


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


  2. Those groundnuts are looking so tempting!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. loved the clicks Kalyani, bowl looks absolutely mothwatering

  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.

  11. Awesome recipe for kids lunch box

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

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


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