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instant lemon sevai recipe

Today i share with you all a very common and popular breakfast item across South India A simple dish with mild flavors and an acquired tang from lemon .Can be done in jiffy with just a few ingredients.Kid friendly and crowd pleaser too.Perfect to serve any time of the day. Yes you guessed it right im speaking about our very old ” Lemon Sevai / Akki Shavige Oggarne “; translated in English as “ Lemon flavored rice vermicelli or rice noodles “.

instant lemon sevai recipe

Traditionally these sevais are made by making rice noodles at home from scratch and later spiced up.But it calls for lot of procedure and time.But nothing can beat its taste.Ill surely post it soon. But for now, keeping in mind today’s fast paced world , ill use instant rice noodles that is easily available in market .Though it doesn’t match exactly the authentic taste but tastes good in its own way. ou may also see INSTANT RAGI VERMCELLI UPMA RECIPE HERE

Rice vermicelli upma can be flavored many a ways like coconut sevai,tamarind sevai,tomato sevai etc and and i love each of them .For today the chosen one is tangy lemon flavored rice sevai .Addition of veggies like carrot,beans,capsicum,peas etc makes it wholesome and more healthy, but this time to keep it – just simple lemon sevai, i skipped all….here goes…


instant lemon sevai recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
Lemon flavored South Indian Style Instant Rice Noodles
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 250 gm Rice Noodles

For tempering :

  • 2 - 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 2 tsp Split Black gram Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Split Bengal gram/ Chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • a handful Peanut
  • few pcs Cashew, ( optional )
  • 1 - 2 Red Chillies, broken to pieces
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Haldi turmeric
  • 4 - 6 Green Chillies, ( depending on the spice level ) ; - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • few springs Coriander leaves, ;finely chopped
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt, - as per taste


To Cook Noodles :

  • Boil excess water in a broad pan.Add little salt .When water starts boiling , add noodles and cook as per the package instructions.Test if sevai is cooked by pressing between ur fingers.If it breaks easily , its cooked. If it squishes its overcooked.
    akki shavige
  • Drain the hot water and run noodles under cold water.Smear a tsp of oil , so that noodles do not stick. Spread it and allow to cool .
    instant lemon sevai

Preparing Tempering :

  • Meanwhile,in a big pan / kadai take oil. Add mustard,urad dal ,chana dal and peanuts. When the mustard splutters add cashew pcs,cumin and red chilli. Fry till cashew pieces turns golden color. Add green chilli,curry leaves and turmeric. Saute for 1-2 mins.
  • Switch off .Add salt,coconut and coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • To this tempering add cooked rice noodles. Squeeze lemon juice. Mix them thoroughly.Taste test. Add salt or lemon if required.
    how to do lemon sevai
  • Serve it as it is or with coconut chutney.
    instant lemon sevai recipe


  • In case your adding veggies, chop them nicely n precook. Add it after adding chillies and saute for 1-2 mins adding salt.
  • Cooking instant rice noodles is very easy. But take care not to overcook .Else they become mushy. So do follow the instructions given on the packet carefully to get the perfect non sticky noodles .
  • I normally use dragon brand rice sevai as it doesn't require very careful observation. By mistake in case if you overcook for a minute or two also,it doesnt get that mushy..Other brands available in the market are Concorde,MTR,Anil ,TTK,double horse etc.

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  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    March 3, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Yummy sevai!

  • Reply
    chikkus Kitchen
    March 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Love the lemon sevai .looks so perfect and delicious dear 🙂

  • Reply
    Mitha Hegde
    March 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Wow…. looks so yummy…. Thanks for the tips…. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sony P
    March 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    My butterfly fav……… Looks so tasty, I will try with lemon flavor soon!!

  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    March 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Delicious breakfast

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    March 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    They looks yummy smitha …I love lemon sevai with home made rice noodles .

  • Reply
    March 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Looks too good.. Slurp….

  • Reply
    nandoos Kitchen
    March 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Yummy and tasty sevai. Perfect delicious breakfast.

  • Reply
    Nalini Somayaji
    March 4, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Yemmy Akki Shavige Upma…lovely clicks too..

  • Reply
    Haffa Bexi
    March 4, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Great!! never tried itt Haffas Kitchen

  • Reply
    Rafeeda AR
    March 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

    this looks so yum…

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    Priya Anandakumar
    March 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

    delicious, tangy and lovely lemon sevai

  • Reply
    Subha Bose
    March 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I din know that we have to wash it under cool water i will try it next time.

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    Subha Bose
    March 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    This looks perfect mine becomes mushy 🙁

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    Meena Kumar
    March 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Sevai looks awesome.Thanks for giving the brand I should search for this.

  • Reply
    March 5, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Absolutely love the variety of flavors popping out of the noodles. Excellent!

  • Reply
    August 13, 2014 at 5:37 am

    very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards, upma recipe

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