Rice Noodles / Shavige Baath

Friday, September 26, 2008

This is yet another classic South Indian breakfast dish. Rice Noodles or Shavige Baath is a favourite in every South Indian home. The traditional dish typically calls for home-made rice noodles which according to me stands out in taste as compared to the store-bought ones.

I remember my mom & grand-mom making rice noodles from scratch. It is a very time consuming & laborious. So, it was reserved for special occassions like a birthday, a festival or a holiday when all of us at home could'nt wait to savour them.

There are various versions of Shavige Baath, like This which my mom-in-law makes & there is a sweet version to it too with jaggery. But I prefer the savoury version.

This one is my absolute favourite. It calls for very basic ingredients & makes a very satisfying breakfast. I recommend that you give this version try. It is quite different from the usual onion or mixed vegetable version of rice noodles.

The recipe for home-made rice noodles will follow later. I have made this using the store-bought ones. Hope you guys like it . . .

Preparation Time: 20 mins

You Will Need
  • 2 cups rice noodles - I used store-bought
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut - fresh/frozen
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • A huge sprig of cilantro
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • A big pinch of turmeric
  • A handful of groundnuts
  • 2 -3 tbsp - lemon juice
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tsp oil


  • Boil about 4 cups of water in a large vessel. once it start boiling, add a tsp of oil turnoff the stove
  • Add rice noodles & cover it. Let it cook for a minute & NOT any more than that
  • Transfer cooked noodles to a colander & run cold water it. Keep aside & let it cool
  • Grind together grated coconut, green chillies, cilantro, curry leaves mustard seeds into a smooth paste without adding too much water
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan & add oil. Add mustard seeds, groundnuts & turmeric & let it roast well & turn off the stove
  • Add the ground paste, cooked noodles along with salt to the tempering
  • Add lemon juice & mix well. You can add another teaspoon of oil at this point if required
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with Coriander Chutney . . . Enjoi !

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