September 14, 2013

Lemon Sevai | Lemon string hoppers | Easy Snack recipe

Sevai or Vermicilli upma is a favourite evening snack and we all love to have it for breakfast even. Quick to make and takes very little oil, you can add as much any vegetables to this to make it healthy too - like peas, carrots, capsicum. The punch however comes with a drizzle of lemon juice added just before serving. While I like Ragi Sevai (finger millter sting hoppers) or any Upma with very little lemon, this is surely one dish which can do with a reasonable amount of Lemon. Serve it for either snack or breakfast, and you are surely to love this. Sending this over to BM # 32 under Alphabet L. Its been a wonderful culinary journey with the Alphabet BM and below are the dishes served up till now....

K for Kadappa (potato – coconut gravy)
J for Jolada Rotti (Sorghum bread)
I for Iyengar Thayirvadai (South Indian Dahi Wada)
H for Hagalakayi Upkari (bitter gourd coconut curry)
G for Godhi Chutneypudi (Wholewheat spice powder)
F for Filter Coffee (South Indian beverage)
E for Eerulli Gojju (onion-tamarind Gravy for rice)
D for Davangere Benne Dose (Karnataka special Dosa)
C for Chinna Vengaya Khara Kuzhambu (Pearl onion tamarind Gravy)
B for Batata Saang (Potatoes in coconut tamarind gravy)
A for Avarekaalu Akki Thari uppittu (Field Beans / hyacinth beans and broken rice pudding)

1) I used store bought Sevai for this, and garnished it at home. Similarly, Tomato puree or Tamarind flavours can also be added to make different versions at home. 
2) I have used more chillies as I was making this just for myself as an evening snack as I like mine spicy rather than tarty. Please adjust accordingly. 

Savoury lemony stringhoppers 

Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 2

Serving Suggestions : Plain chilled yoghurt or Coconut Chutney

  • Rice Sevai - 100 gms (I used Double Horse Brand)
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Veggies - capsicum & onion - minced to 1/4 cup
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Chillies - 2 (minced)
  • Grated coconut - 2 tsp 
  • Tempering : mustard seeds, curry leaves, Red chillies (1 no), coriander leaves, Urad dal (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt - to taste

Boil the sevai (rice string hoppers) as per packet instructions. Drain in a colander, pour cold water and stir in 1 tsp of oil.
Heat oil, splutter the tempering and add the green chillies too. Saute for 1 min till mustard stops spluttering and the Urad dal turns slightly brown. Now add the onions and fry till translucent.
Once done, add the veggies and saute for 3-4 mins along with turmeric and salt. 
Now add the boiled and drained vermicilli and toss a bit taking care not to make it mushy. 
Add the coconut and coriander leaves and toss once again. Check for salt and spices.
Switch off the flame, add the lemon juice and serve immediately. 


  1. wow prefectly made lemon sevai :) looks so delicious and yummy .. just tempting me !!

  2. Wish i get that plate for this droolworthy,tangy sevai,drooling here.

  3. Delicious one pot meal with lemony flavors !

  4. mild and flavorful...looks delightful

  5. This is the first one on my fav. list. We used to make this from the scratch but now I go in for the fresh ones that are available in the shops and in the mornings they are still hot from the steaming process[That's how fresh it is!]. I just get a pack and season it. Looking at your pics, I am hungry now...

  6. So simple and delicious dish.

  7. Perfect breakfast for me with a cup of coffee..

  8. I love this with pickle..your plate looks very inviting!

  9. look so flavorful and tasty

  10. Love sevai in any are tempting, Kalyani.

  11. My mom makes delicious lemon sevai. Your snaps are making me nostalgic...

  12. who can say no to this delicious sevai!!! perfect for lunchbox!!


  13. Lovely sevai..look perfect & tempting.

  14. Simple homely breakfasts like these make a good start for the day, right :-)

  15. this is lovely recipe, will be handy next year when Shlok carries tiffin

  16. That is a delicious plate Kalyani...nalla uduri aa irukku:-)

  17. Perfectly made sevai! I always want to make fresh one's but always ended up buying the store bought ones. I love lemon sevai the best!

  18. Mmmm! Kalnayi will you share? Awesome pics. I have the dried variety will make this out of them.


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