Before “2 minute noodles” infiltrated our un-adulterated and also highly underrated cuisine , our grandmothers and great grandmothers came up with quick recipes using Sevai i.e. rice sticks or also called as Idiyappam. Only difference between Idiyappam and sevai is , Sevai is broken into smaller pieces. In kannada this is called as “Shavigey Bath”.
This preparation takes exactly 15 minutes to prepare. Now who can not spare 15 minutes for a healthy dish that does not contain MSG and added preservatives? If you cannot spare 15 minutes of your precious life then I’d call you the most inefficient , arrogant human being.
There are various variants to preparing sevai based dishes , Lime being the most easiest and common one I thought I’d start with this. This can be served as breakfast or as evening snack with coffee / tea or If you’ve had a very long day and are not in a mood to eat the usual , you can safely opt Lime sevai with a cup of curd.
- Take a big sauce pan or a pot , fill water up to 3/4 th level . Keep this on high heat and bring it to a boil. Add 3 pinchs of salt and 1 tsp of sesame oil. When the water starts boiling add the uncooked rice sticks. This will start frothing after 2 minutes , at this stage switch off the heat and drain the sevai into a colander and wash it under running water.
- Take a wok or kadaai , keep it on medium heat. Add sesame oil , wait for it to attain the required heat and add all the other ingredients mentioned under Tempering. Saute this until dals turn brown and green chillies and curry leaves have to fry until crisp. Now add the cooked sevai and stir.
- Stir the sevai carefully do not break it or mash it. If you are not comfortable using a ladle to stir I suggest you use an egg beater , it helps in mixing evenly. Garnish it with Chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle required amount of salt. Keep the heat in Low. Squees out the juice of two lemons directly on to the sevai and stir evenly.
- Switch off the stove , and serve this hot with your favorite Chips or Vathal.