November 17, 2014

Lemon Sevai - Version 2 | Lemony string hoppers | Easy Breakfast ideas

When life hands you lemons, make a lemonade - so goes the saying. Well, we made more than lemonade in this week's series of "Cooking with Lemons as the star ingredient". Today's dish is a much sought after breakfast in my kitchen. Even DH who is not so fond of sevai / vermicilli or string hoppers happily tucks this in , on a Sunday Morning :-)) Serve it to him on weekdays, and errrr... that makes for a different story :D

So, if you are fond of citrusy / tangy foods, stay tuned on this week's dishes. Today's post - Lemon Sevai is a breeze. You can make it as plain as you want or crank up the fibre content adding more veggies (my personal favourites being capsicum, shallots and fresh peas - they take it to another level altogether). You can also make it with store bought paniyaram or make the string hoppers from scratch as I did for Ragi Sevai. Either way, ensure the strings dont break too much, and in this dish  remember Lemon is the star :-))

Sending this to BM # 46 under "cooking with lemons" theme.

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 4
Serving suggestions : Coconut Chutney or as it is
Spice level : Medium

Lemony string hoppers 

Ingredients :
  • Cooked sevai / string hoppers : 3 cups
  • Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Cashewnuts - few
  • Peanuts - 1 TBSP (optional)
  • Onions - 1 large - minced fine
  • Veggies - shredded bell pepper, peas (about 1/4 cup)
  • Lemon juice - 2 TBSP
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, Urad Dal, curry leaves, Green chillies (3 -4 nos)
  • Coriander leaves
  • fresh coconut - 2 tsp (optional)

Note : I made this sevai at home - from scratch:  Make a dough of fresh rice flour and hot water with a pinch of salt. Put into the chakli / ompudi mould and onto a idli stand, steam for 15 mins till done. Cool and gently fan it out on a wide flat plate
  1. If using ready made sevai, cook the rice sevai according to packet instructions.  Cool thoroughly 
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Temper with tempering ingredients, add peanuts and cashewnuts and fry till golden brown (about 2 mins). 
  3. Add onions and veggies and saute till onions turn golden brown and bell pepper is crunchy.
  4. Now add the cooked sevai and toss lightly taking take not to break the strings.
  5. Switch off flame. Tip in lemon juice, coriander leaves, fresh coconut.
  6. Toss once more and serve immediately - as it is or with fresh coconut chutney


  1. Looks delicious. Will try soon.

  2. perfect for lunchbox!!! so delicious

  3. lovely picture and nice recipe..

  4. Looks delicious. It must taste like lemon rice as you used rice sevai. I have some rice noodles at home. Will use it instead of sevai.

  5. Yum lemon sevai. Loved your first line yaar. "When life hands you lemons, make a lemonade - so goes the saying" I do the same thing too

  6. Nice and lemony. The pictures look great too.

  7. very tempting sevai looks so delicious !!

  8. Easy and tasty sevai...perfect bf!

  9. Lovely breakfast nice an lemony.

  10. Looks so colourful and bright Kalyani!

  11. Love this tangy string hopper, i can have it anytime.

  12. One of my favorite brakfast looks so delicious...

  13. Wow a colourful and tempting sevai.

  14. Love the lemony string hoppers!!

  15. Tasty and colorful sevai!!

  16. Simple and delicious semya. Love it for any meal :-)


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