Lemon Rice Noodles By Priya of Cookilicious

A south Indian’s favorite meal – Lemon Rice Noodles, more popularly known as Lemon Sevai back in South India. This is a popular item in weddings and all our happy occasions. Its tangy, spicy and tasty!

Again a popular item in weddings and all our happy occasions. Its tangy, spicy and tasty! This also make a great lunch box recipe since its very easy and quick to make. Kids love it as much as adults do. I personally think, lemon in anything tastes delicious. The other day I was wanting to make this dish but used vermicelli instead. It didn’t turn out as expected so I improvised and created a new recipe. 

I have a special connection with this dish. It was the first dish I ever cooked for my in-laws. It was our first meeting, me and my brother were nervous. I had spoken to KR on phone since he was miles away in another country. He had reassured me that the meeting would be peaceful and that I need not stress too much about it. But to tell you frankly, I was more concerned that they like my cooking. For some reason that was very important for me. Fortunately they loved it and the meeting went fine. Obviously things worked out for us and we are married. 🙂 

Even today my MIL recalls that day whenever she makes Lemon Sevai. It does hold a special memory for us. So today when I made this dish, it did bring back all those wonderful new memories. I will let her know on our weekly call that it’s this recipe I shared on my blog today. She will surely be very pleased to know that and would check it out herself. This is my mother’s recipe as it is my MIL’s recipe. 

Lemon Rice Noodles

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 packet cooked rice noodles/sevai
  • 4 green chilles finely chopped
  • 4 curry leaves
  • Cilantro for seasoning
  • 1 tsp each – Mustard seeds, cumin seeds,
  • 1 tbsp each urad dal & chana dal for tempering
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as required
  • 1 tbsp oil


You need to get these rice noodles and cook it as per the instructions on the pack. Strain and let it cool. The process is the same like cooking any other pasta.

Meanwhile, in a pan, add the oil. Temper the mustard and cumin seeds. Then add the urad dal and chana dal. Fry till they turn golden. Add the Homemade Turmeric Powder, green chillies and salt. Add the curry leaves and fry for anther minute. Take it off the flame and add the lemon juice. Mix it well. Lastly add the boiled rice noodles. Give it a good mix till they get coated. Garnish it with cilantro. Lemon Rice Noodles/Sevai is ready to be served hot.



Hi, I am Priya, owner of Cookilicious – a vegetarian/vegan food blogger. Originally from India and now settled in Florida. All the recipes on my blog are tried and tested in my kitchen by me of course. I develop recipes, style my food, enjoy food photography and love to play host. 

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