Instant Sevai | Dhidheer Sevai | Gluten Free Rice Noodles

Instant rice sevai
Rice Noodles/Instant Sevai

It was my son’s birthday yesterday. For him it is the most awaited event of the year and his preparations had begun last year itself.

About a month back he gave us all a subtle reminder saying, “there’s something coming up soon.” Unfortunately it did not strike us then and I wondered why my cousin’s upcoming wedding should excite him so much (as all of us are looking forward to it). It was only later when he started telling me the goodies he would like to have that I realised that it was the dear chap’s birthday that was ‘the’ occasion.

Yesterday morning I asked him what he would like for dinner as we did not plan a party (thanks to exams and it being a weekday). To my surprise he said, ‘rasam and chana dal chundal’. I love his simplicity! He did not think of anything exotic because what is simple and plain is to him exotic:). My daughter heard this and immediately butted – “Mummy, I know what you mean! Why don’t you get those lovely pastries from Gaylord’s?” This suggestion suited the son too. So it was rasam and chundal for lunch and I returned a little early with a lemon twist (cake), a piece of apple pie, chocolate blueberry and a zebra torte. They were made with eggs so I did not have them but the two pairs of drunkenly dancing eyes told me a lot about the taste! I am planning a vegan version of the lemon twist soon. If you have ideas do share in the comment section – I go through all of them most sincerely!

Meanwhile I will leave you today with a very simple breakfast that I make when I am strapped for time. I am sure many of you, especially those from South India have had the fresh rice pasta called ‘sevai’ made from scratch at home. I still have to buy a ‘sevai press’ or ‘nazhi’ before I venture to make that version. Today’s version is what I call the modern multitasker’s option – Dhideer sevai or instant rice noodles. I used ‘MTR’ brand and found it good. If you can you must try and prepare from scratch as this may serve well for a fast snack but the homemade version wins hands down!

Dish: Instant rice noodles / Dhideer Sevai
Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 3

MTR rice noodles – 1 small packet (cook as per instructions on packet)
Method: Boil three times the amount of water as the noodles with salt to taste and a tsp. of coconut oil. Add the rice noodles when the water boils. Cook further till the noodles turns soft – about 4-5 minutes. Immediately drain in a colander and set aside to cool.

Coconut – 1/2 cup
Cashew bits/peanuts – 2 tbsp.
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Green chillies – 1, chopped.
Ginger – 1″, chopped
Bengal gram dal – 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp.
Coconut oil – 2tbsp. (Sunflower oil may be substituted)

Heat oil in a wide wok. Splutter mustard seeds and add the green chillies, bengal gram, ginger and curry leaves. Stir till cashew turns golden.
Remove from fire and add the drained and cool rice noodles as well as grated coconut.
Mix well till the flavours blend. Adjust salt.
Squeeze a dash of lime and stir if you like the citrus tang.
Serve with coconut chutney on the side.

I had the most unusual experience while traveling recently in the local train. I will tell you about that next time. For now my eyelids are drooping and I will fall off if I don’t go!

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  1. Happy Birthday to the lil boy. isn't it lovely to watch young ones getting all excited bout their b'days .. I love sevai & is a staple at home. MTR has always been such a boon

  2. My belated wishes to him, I like MTR instant sevai is quiet a time saver.
    I am hoping soon ur vegan lemon twist recipe.

  3. Super flavors, coconut, cashews… and it looks so nice 🙂

  4. Belated happy B'day to your little one. Rice sevai looks yumm.. I've never tried this before, have to look for MTR rice noodles in the grocery here.

  5. Belated b'day wishes to P.

    Even though its instant, it has come closer to the home made version. I haven't tried the instant version yet.

  6. Hmmm … you have been quiet … but Tongue Ticklers looks great! Happy b'day to your sonny boy Harini! This sevai is new to me. 🙂

  7. Belated wishes to your son! And that was so cute asking for rasam and sundal:)

  8. Belated Birthday wishes to Jr P.Love this.I too make it often thgh I prefer it as itself without chutneys.Also Congrats to you for being on T&T this month.I cannot wait to try the cheese loaves you made on Jr H's b'day. Hope to try it and few other things.Love the sevai

  9. It looks simple and elegant!

  10. Sevai looks wonderful Harini.My all time fav wud be Thayir Sevai….anything with curd am in for it…a typical tamilian:).Lemon cake with either lemon cheese filling or lemon frosting is sinful.
    For frosting i use – conf Sugar,egg white(u can substitute this with sumtng vegan),lemon juice,honey,lemon zest…all together for a wonderful frosting.

  11. How wonderful to know about your Son Harini, my heartiest birthday wishes to him. It is a treasure knowing such simple likings..:))..

    am sure you will soon know the vegan version of those lemon twist and of course share here..!..

    sevai have always been my favorite..I like all sevais, right from plain, with sugar, to even mango!..yeah yeah I know my comment is trending to become lengthy than your post, shall stop here..:)

  12. Thank you all for your many good wishes. That was another excuse to transfer many kisses and hugs:D. He is a grown up fellow now and gets a wee bit 'externally irritated' but 'internally enjoying' my affections.

    Nithya, thanks for the tips! I must try this soon:)

  13. belated b'day wishes to your son! i still can't see any of your pics 🙁 which is so sad because – you know when I visit a food blog i first visually devour the food !! and then i read about it. but thanks to the internet policing they have just taken away that one remaining sensual pleasure. bah!!

    i am back with the blogs btw… so pls. do stop that way 🙂

  14. Happy b'day to the little boy! Those pastries sound lip smacking. U should have postd a picture of them. I lvoe your boy's simplicity! Right son of a busy mom 😉

  15. Many, many happy returens (slightly belated) to the birthday boy! I like his style. The best food ever has to be what he enjoys the most. 🙂

    I have resorted to this dhideer version many times before. Didn't hear any complaints either. 🙂

  16. I have tried this with lemon and tomato as well (like the variety rice versions) and it tastes really great.

  17. looks so yummmm! i love sevai. I will remember to get the mtr sevai packet next time from the indian store. Waiting for your vegan lemon twin….

  18. Oh I missed the day..Anyways Happy Birthday Big P(can't call him junior P now 🙂 )
    The Dhidheer sevai looks fab. and I am trying to imagine how it actually tastes.
    How are the exams going? Mine is facing Oral examinations right now and the written exams will follow..The saga is gonna end after 10 of December..sigh..too long…

  19. I am just impressed with the amount of effort you put into your blog. Amazing pics just totally love them.

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