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 mealsPalak 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
  • 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




  1. My World My Home

    Nice idea…will try this for my daughter… 🙂



    Those groundnuts are looking so tempting!

  3. Looks tempting.

  4. Priya Suresh

    Such a droolworthy dish, cant ask more..

  5. Chef Mireille

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

  6. This is my favourite.

  7. Priya Sreeram

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

  8. Nalini's Kitchen

    delicious one,my kiddo loves a lot…

  9. Nalini's Kitchen

    delicious one,my kiddo loves a lot…

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

  11. The Pumpkin Farm

    loved the clicks Kalyani, bowl looks absolutely mothwatering

  12. 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.

  13. Awesome recipe for kids lunch box

  14. pepper bowl

    Nice and long…Perfectly done vermicilli…must be very delicious too…

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

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