Monday, August 15, 2011

Usli sevai - Sevai with a twist

All of us are familiar with sevai or idiyappam as it is commonly called as it is quite easy to dish out with readymades available now.  But, I still prefer the traditional method of making the sevai with the 'sevai naazhi' or the 'sevai machine' and especially the taste is too good if it is prepared with boiled rice.  Here, I come with usli sevai which is quite filling and tasty too.

Ingredients for Sevai:

Boiled rice - 3 cups
Salt
Oil

Soak boiled rice for about 5 to 6 hours and grind it fine, add salt.  In a thick bottom pan, pour two tablespoon of oil and pour the ground mixture.  Keep it in low flame and let the rice paste cook and turn color from white to grey.  When the mixture does not stick to your wet fingers you know that  the rice paste is cooked.   While hot, dip hands in cold water and make balls of the same and keep it in idli cooker for about 7 to 8 minutes.  Once it is done, the balls to be inserted into the sevai machine and made into sevai.

Ingredients for Usli

Urad dal - 1 cup
Green chillies -4 to 5 (according to your taste)
Hing/Perungayam
Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp
Salt
Red chillies- 4 to 5
Curry leaves

Soak urad dal for 20 minutes and grind it coarsely with green chillies,hing and salt.  Place the ground mix in an idli plate and steam it for 10 minutes.  Take out these urad dal idlis and allow it to cool completely.  Fragment these idlis and keep aside.  In a kadai, pour two tablespoons of oil, add a teaspoon of urad dal, half a teaspoon of mustard seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and put the usli and keep stirring.  Now, add the sevai to this usli and very gently mix it so that the sevai retains its shape.

A very interesting version of the regular sevai and very filling too.

22 comments:

  1. really authentic sevai..truely filling n flavourful..

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  2. Looks so yummy and perfect.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  3. Delicious usli, serious inviting..

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  4. Thats a very new and tasty twist dear...

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  5. Your version is very interesting and I must say nice twist!

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  6. very intersting recipe, looks great..

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  7. Looks tempting... Yummy.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  8. I like this sevai. amma used to make sevai I miss them.

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  9. wow very interesting version dear,luks very tempting...

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  10. I like your take on this traditional dish.

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  11. looks awesome- and I love your version of it!

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  12. This is an interesting dish. Very new to me

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  13. Never made this way so far, I always love to try different varieties of sevai, will try this too next time!

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  14. Superb sevai. I have once tasted this in a Navarathiri feast. Its yummy.

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  15. looking soft n yummm....interesting one....never tried this...
    thanks for sharing

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  16. This one looks so yummy and easy to make...can't wait to taste it!

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