Lemon sevai recipe (lemon idiyappam)

Lemon idiyappam or sevai is a very healthy and delicious breakfast or snack dish made from plain idiyappam. If you have the plain idiyappam ready, it is quick and easy to prepare lemon sevai. Plain idiyappam/sevai is flavoured with lemon juice and seasoned with urad dal, chana dal and mild spices and very popular in South India.


  • Idiyappam - 3 cups
  • Lemon juice - 3 tablespoons
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Bengalgram/chana dal - 1 teaspoon
  • 1 string of curry leaves
  • Cashewnuts/peanuts - 2 tablespoons
  • Green chillies - 3 to 4 (chopped finely)


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE LEMON SEVAI OR LEMON IDIYAPPAM RECIPE Take a small bowl. Add lemon juice, turmeric powder and salt and mix well. Keep aside.

Step 2

Loosen the strings of the idiyappam and set aside.

Step 3

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once the seeds start spluttering, add asafoetida, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, cashewnuts and green chillies and stir fry on low flame till the dals turns golden brown.

Step 4

Now add the idiyappam and mix well.

Step 5

Finally add the lemon juice-turmeric powder-salt mix and combine together.

Step 6

Adjust salt and lemon juice accordingly.

Step 7

Serve lemon sevai or lemon idiyappam hot with coconut chutney, papads. IMG_4323 IMG_4332

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