>> Saturday, February 16, 2008
I got to know about this wonderful breakfast item from my friend. Long back probably a year ago, we went to their place and she made this for breakfast the next day. I loved it so much that from then on I included this one amongst my breakfast dishes.
I had a confusion about calling this item, Sevai or Idiyappam??? What should we call it? I never knew the difference and sometimes i used to call it sevai and sometimes idiyappam. Finally after a bit research, i now know that we should call this preparation as "Sevai". What is the difference between these two? I will try to put in here what i understood.
Idiyappam is a preparation made with rice flour,water and salt. Make a smooth dough with rice flour, adding little salt and water. Rest it for sometime and put in the muruku maker ( cooking press). Press in small quantities into the idly stand into round shapes and steam cook for 10mins. This preparation is called "Idiyappam". Sevai is a cooked version of Idiyappam, which means we will be using this idiyappam , spice it up with some tempering and spices of your choice. Sevai can be prepared in many number of ways like : Lemon Sevai, Coconut Sevai, Vegetable Sevai etc...
I made Lemon Sevai for our weekend breakfast and if you ask me if i followed all the above steps for this preparation, my answer is a big NO. The procedure i followed is very simple, hardly takes 10-15mins. I brought a frozen Idiyappam packet. I used " Maharani's Choice Frozen Idiyappam" for this preparation. Here goes my recipe :
Frozen packet of idiyappam - 1
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Green Chillies - 2,3 small finely chopped
Lemon - 1
Mixed Vegetables of your choice - 1 cup
For Seasoning :
Oil - 2tsps
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
1. Take the frozen idiyappam from the packet and thaw it in microwave for 5mins until its very soft. It should be soft both on top and bottom. Leave it aside and let it cool.
2. Meanwhile, in a cooking pan take some oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and when they start to splutter, add finely chopped onions, green chillies and saute them till golden brown color. After that add any vegetables if you want. Saute them until they are cooked. Add turmeric.
3. Now take this thawed idiyappam and mash all of them one by one and add them to the pan. Once done, add salt and mix it well in such a way that you don't see particles of idiyappam stick to each other. It should be dry and fine.
4. Once done, add lemon juice, mix it once again.
You can serve this with any kurma, coconut chutney, pickle or have it just like that.
NOTE : This recipe may not be the actual method of preparation, but i have varied it to my taste and interest.