Though I make idiyappam ( from homemade rice flour ) often, I rarely make rice sevai, only once in a while, I pick a packet. Mostly I make it, when having guests, along with another main dish. Once we cook the rice sevai ( vermicelli, noodles ) according to the instructions on the packet, we can make almost all the dishes that we can make with cooked rice, like coconut sevai, tomato sevai, lemon sevai or even a briyani with it. Mostly I make lemon sevai with it and I add some mixed vegetables to it to make it a little more nutritious, makes a simple and tasty lunch or dinner..
Need To Have
- Rice Sevai - 400 gms
- French Beans - sliced ( french cut style ), 1 cup
- Carrots - 1 cup, thinly sliced
- Peeled And Cooked Avarekalu ( Field Beans ) - 1 cup
- Green Chillies - 2, sliced
- Dried Red Chillies - 2. broken into halves
- Urad Dal/Husked Black Gram - 2 teaspoons
- Raw Peanuts - 3 tablespoons
- Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
- Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
- Turmeric Powder - 1/3 teaspoon
- Curry Leaves - 15 to 20
- Lemon Juice - from 2 small lemons
- Salt to taste
Cook the rice sevai according to the instructions on the box, drain and keep.
Heat some oil, add the peanuts and roast them for a couple of minutes, when they are starting to brown, add the urad dal and mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start sputtering, add the asafoetida, both the chillies followed by the curry leaves and saute for half a minute.
Add the french cut beans and carrots along with some salt and turmeric powder, cover and cook on low heat till the vegetables are cooked ( if needed, sprinkle some water ). Add the cooked avarekalu ( field beans ) and mix.
Now add the cooked and drained rice sevai and mix it gently so as to not break the sevai and make it mushy. Switch off, add the lemon juice, mix and serve.
Don't overcook the sevai, follow the instructions carefully.
I had avarekalu with me, you can replace it with fresh green peas and cook it along with the beans and carrots.
Add more or less lemon juice according to your taste, also you can add some grated coconut at the end, makes the sevai more tasty.