Homemade Lemon Sevai Recipe - Lemon Idiyappam Recipe

You must try this traditional Homemade Lemon Sevai Recipe, that is made from from freshly ground rice using a traditional sevai maker. It makes a great south indian breakfast or lunch that you can serve along with Mor kuzhambu or coconut chutney.

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The Homemade Lemon Sevai Recipe, is a traditional south indian recipe that is made from from freshly ground rice using a traditional sevai maker. 

Sevai also known as savory rice noodles is a tiffin speciality in Tamil Brahmin households. There are many variations to this classic breakfast sevai: lemon sevai, coconut sevai, ell sevai, vella sevai, curd sevai and puli sevai.

Nothing is more satisfying than making the sevai from scratch. A very humble and simple dish, with little effort you can make these delicious rice noodles at home. When cooked, a these rice noodle should taste like fresh rice with a tender but not mushy bite.

Serve the Homemade Lemon Sevai Recipe, a teatime snack or even for dinner along with Coconut Chutney or Mor Kuzhambu.

If you like the Homemade Lemon Sevai Recipe, you can try other recipes for south indian breakfast like

  1. Vegetable Rava Upma Recipe
  2. Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe
  3. Rava Kesari Bhath Recipe

Course: South Indian Breakfast
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

120 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

160 M


2 Servings


  • 2 cups Idli Rice
  • Lemon juice , from 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Peanuts (Moongphali)
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame (Gingelly) Oil

How to make Homemade Lemon Sevai Recipe - Lemon Idiyappam Recipe

  1. To begin making Lemon Sevai/ Idiyappam Recipe, first wash and soak the rice in water, such that the rice is completely immersed in water.

  2. Let it soak for about 2 hours. Transfer to a mixer and grind to get a smooth paste. It must be of semi-thick pouring consistency and not of a liquid consistency.

  3. The next step is to make the steamed dumplings/ idli and then the make the idiyappam / sevai in the sevai maker.

  4. Place the sevai/ idiyappam batter in greased idli molds and steam for 10 minutes. Once the rice idlis are steamed we will make the sevai.

  5. The batter will begin to leave the sides of the pan and will form a thick shiny big ball of dough. This process will take about 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. The next step is the press the hot idlis in the sevai/ idiyappam maker or the sevai maker or a press, also called as sevai nazhi.

  7. This is the most crucial stage. The idlis should be hot when you press to make the noodles. If it turns cold you will not be able to press the dumplings to get the noodles.

  8. Proceed to hot press one at a time by turns the wheels of the sevai nazhi to get the uber soft noodles.

  9. Continue till you are done with all the sevai idli. Transfer the sevai to a large bowl as and when you finish. You sevai is now ready to be flavoured or eaten.

  10. The final step is to make the Lemon Sevai Recipe.

  11. Heat a kadai and add the oil. Add the mustard and allow it to crackle. Add the green chillies, ginger, peanuts, curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.

  12. Now add the turmeric powder and the steamed rice sevai/idiyappam and give the Lemon Sevai a quick stir. Now add the lemon juice and stir until combined well.

  13. Check the salt and spice levels and adjust to suit your taste for the Lemon Sevai/ Idiyappam.

  14. Serve the Lemon Sevai for breakfast, a teatime snack or even for dinner along with Coconut Chutney or Mor Kuzhambu.