South Indian Breakfast Rice Noodles

From here. Rice noodles from scratch here.


4 cups lightly crushed idiyappam or sevai / rice noodles
1 tsp tamarind soaked in ½ cup warm water (or a pea sized amount of tamarind paste)(or a can of tamarind juice)
2 tsp oil (corn, sesame, coconut, canola)
¼ tsp black mustard seeds
¼ tsp split urad dal (skinned black gram)
2 tbsp broken cashew nuts or peanuts
½ cup finely chopped onions
A few curry leaves
3-4 dry red chillies, torn into halves (or to taste)
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
½ tsp brown sugar or jaggery
Salt to taste


  1. Soak the tamarind in warm water. Extract the juice and discard pulp and seeds.
  2. Heat oil and add the black mustard seeds. When they pop, add the urad dal.
  3. When the dal turns golden brown, add the cashew nuts or peanuts.
  4. Roast until golden brown.
  5. Then add the onions, curry leaves, red chillies, and hing.
  6. Mix well and saute until the onions turn translucent.
  7. Now add the tamarind water.
  8. Also add the brown sugar and jaggery at this time.
  9. Cook on low flame until the mixture thickens, about 4-5 mins.
  10. Then add the rice noodles and salt.
  11. Mix well and cook for another minute until the moisture is absorbed almost entirely.
  12. Serve hot as is or with red coconut chutney.

Indo Chinese Thai Quick Noodles


Swad Hot and Sweet Sauce (It’s not spicy)

Tamarind nectar or paste

Thai Garlic Chili Paste

Rice noodles (thin)

roasted peanuts, crushed

red cabbage, chopped thin and stir fried

green cabbage, chopped thin and stir fried

green onions, chopped thin and stir fried

shredded carrots, chopped thin and stir fried

sprouted mung beans

fresh lemon slice


In wok, add Swad sauce, can of tamarind nectar or 1 tsp of tamarind paste, 1/4 tsp thai garlic chili paste (or less or more, depending on how spicy you want it). Let cook until cohesive.

Add in rice noodles. Let cook (takes about a minute or two).

Take off stove. Toss in cabbages, onions, carrots.

Plate. Top with sprouted mung beans, peanuts, and squeeze lemon juice on top.