Lemon Sevai is a traditional evening tiffin in Tamilnadu. In marriages, for evening snack, Lemon Sevai is one of the mandatory dish. For Sevai, we traditionally use Sevai Nazhi. But nowadays its complex to use that and hence I have simplified the dish using Ommapodi press and mould. This is much simpler version of making sevai. 

The traditional method of using Sevai nazhi is time consuming and complex. Most of us stop making sevai because of its complexity. So this is a quicker and easier version. Try this Lemon Sevai and share your experience.

Traditional Sevai Nazhi

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time2 Hours
Cooking Time40 mins
Recipe CategoryMain
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

Lemon Sevai Recipe
Lemon Sevai Recipe 

Idli Rice ( Parboiled Rice)1 Cup*
Gingelly Oil1 Tablespoon
SaltTo taste

* 1 Cup = 250ml

For Seasoning:
Gingelly Oil1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Peanuts 1 Tablespoon
Split Urad Dal1 teaspoon
Bengal Gram Dal1 teaspoon
Curry LeavesFew
Red Chilli2 Broken
Green Chilli2 Chopped
Turmeric Powder1/4 teaspoon
Hinga Generous Pinch

Lemon Sevai Recipe
Lemon Sevai Recipe 

  1. Wash and soak parboiled rice for 2 hours. Set this rice aside for 2 hours. After 2 hours, drain the water from rice and take it to mixer jar

  2. Grind the rice to a smooth batter like dosa batter. Heat a pan. Add the ground batter and start stirring

  3. Add salt and gingelly oil and keep stirring in medium flame till the batter becomes thick like a dough. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool

  4. Take ommapodi mould and press. Grease it with oil. Add prepared dough and close it with press lid. Grease oil in idli plates. Squeeze out the press to make like sevai. 

  5. Steam cook the squeezed sevai for 5 minutes. Allow the cooked sevai to cool off completely

  6. Then crumble the sevai and set it aside. 

  7. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard Seeds, cumin seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add split urad dal & bengal gram dal and fry the dal till it turns light brown color

  8. Then add peanuts, turmeric powder, red and green chili, curry leaves and fry for few seconds.

  9. Add hing and switch off the flame. Add cooked & crumbled sevai and mix gently. Squeeze juice out of 1 lemon. Adjust salt and mix gently till the seasoning is completely mixed with the sevai.

  10. The delicious Lemon Sevai is now ready to serve!
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    Lemon Sevai Recipe 

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