Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rice Noodles-Sevai

If you think that you just don't have the ingredients for preparing any decent dish when guests arrive unexpectedly,then, this recipe comes in handy. You just need to have a packet of ready-made rice noodles at home and this dish is ready in 15 minutes flat. How would you like that for a quick and delicious dish? 

It's so simple to make except that you should concentrate on only one thing. Time. The noodles should be kept immersed in hot water for exactly 5 minutes and no more. I think the instructions on the pack say that you need to soak the noodles for 3 to 5 minutes. But I removed the noodles after 5 minutes and the dish turned out really well.

The half kilo pack makes noodles for 8 people. Here is the simplest breakfast recipe for you.

Ready made rice noodles             1/4 kg

Mustard seeds                                 1 tsp.

Urad dal                                             1 tsp.

Chana dal                                          1 tsp.

Fried gram                                         1 tsp.

Peanuts                                             8 to 10

cashewnuts (optional)                    a few

Green chilli                                       1 

Red chilli                                           1 

Salt                                                    1 to 1 1/2 tsp or as per taste

Hing                                                   1/2 tsp.

Cooking oil                                       4 tbsp.                      


In a vessel, boil water enough to immerse the noodles. 

Pour boiling water over the noodles in another vessel. 

Keep it covered for exactly 5 minutes. 

Drain the water completely and spread on a flat plate for about  5 minutes.

In the meanwhile, to a pan of hot oil, add the seasoning ingredients --mustard, urad dal, chana dal, fried gram, hing, red chilli -- one after the other adding the green chilli and curry leaves last.

Add salt to the seasoning and mix well. 

Add the seasoning to the spread out noodles on the plate and mix well.

Alternatively, empty the noodles from the plate on to the pan and mix on the stove on a low flame for 1 or 2 minutes.  

I really don't do the last step but if you want the dish to be hot, mixing this way is the only solution. I would suggest a simple mixing of the seasoning and the noodles and heating in the microwave for a minute or two.

Fry peanuts and/or cashew nuts in a little oil or ghee and garnish. You'll realize how simple it is only after you try preparing it. 

Serve with coconut chutney.

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