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.
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
- Oil – 2 TBSP
- Peanuts – two
- Tempering : Mustard
seeds, curry leaves, Urad dal (split black gram – 1 tsp)
- Turmeric – a generous
- Green chillies – 1 or
2 (optional if made for kids)
- Onions – 1 (finely
- 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
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 wafersJ