Recipe: Lemon Sevai


  • Lemons – 2.
  • Green chili – 1, cut.
  • Sevai (rice vermicelli) – about 200 gm.
  • Chana dal – 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Turmeric – a pinch.
  • Groundnuts – 3 teaspoons.
  • Coriander leaves – a few sprigs.
  • Salt to taste.


  • Cut and squeeze the lemons to extract the juice.
  • Add about 1-2 cups hot water to the sevai so that it becomes soft, making sure that the sevai isn’t completely soaked.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a vessel and add mustard seeds to the oil till they pop.
  • Next, add the cumin seeds till they too pop.
  • Then add the chana dal, urad dal, groundnuts, turmeric and green chili to the oil and fry till the ingredients turn golden brown.
  • Next, add the sevai to the oil and mix well, till the sevai turns yellow.
  • Finally add the lemon juice and salt and stir (the heat can be turned off).
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.


Lemon Sevai.


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