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top shot of Lentil & Rice Noodles | Paruppu Sevai in a bowl placed in a round tray with cilantro sprigs in the background.

Lentil & Rice Noodles | Paruppu Sevai

Paruppu Sevai is one of the staple breakfast/dinner in South India. Learn to make this traditional rice noodles/sevai with step wise pictures. Although, these rice noodles take a while to prepare, it tastes amazing and is also very nourishing. Made with steamed lentils, this vegan snack is hearty and fulfilling.
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Soaking time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes



  • Soak tur dal lentils for an hour at least. Drain the water and grind it to a coarse paste along with dried red chillies, salt and asafoetida. Then shape them as balls, flatten it and steam it for 10 minutes using any steamer. Allow it to cool down completely before taking them out of the steamer. Crumble them with your fingers. Be careful, they could still be hot. Simultaneously, boil the instant sevai as per the instructions on the packet. Strain them and keep it aside for now. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle, add urad dal. Once they begin to turn golden, add chopped curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds. Then add the crumbled lentil mix to the pan.
    Mix it well and continue to fry the steamed lentils for 3-4 minutes. Then add the cooked sevai/rice noodles to the pan. Mix them all together and cook it for another 2 minutes. Check and add salt as required. Garnish with chopped cilantro and take it off the pan. Serve it warm.