Pumkin and Kale sevai with peanuts.

Pumpkin, kale and peanuts with rice noodles

Being a mum is like being a superwoman. Working a job, devoting yourself to various chores, practice sessions for kids, matches and concerts you need to attend and the list goes on endless. The food and the grocery still need to be done and made. This is where we all need a helping hand.
There is absolutely no shame in accepting a hand to help for all superpowers do take help of a sidekick or two. I have chores that the kids help. My husband does cook at times and gleefully heads to the market. Then I do have a secret or two when all looks dull, instant eats. I am fully aware that it is not the sustainable option not it is nutritionally superior. Give it a few twists and turns and your dinner is still a warm one on the table.
I do have a couple of packs of instant noodles and some instant rice vermicelli that I keep. After all, I have teens at home, worse than cranky toddlers when hungry!!

rice vermicelli stirfry
This time I thought of showing you my quick twist to bulk up that plain vermicelli noodles.
The generous a quantity of pumpkin and kale in this recipe help to add the vegetable component and the nuts and seeds to a bit of the protein. Indeed the comfort factor comes from the quick-cooking, gluten-free, rice vermicelli. A quick soak in warm water and the noodles are ready to toss in. Isn’t that what we are looking for?

spiced pumpkin latte

Cafe style pumpkin latte

Try this with Cafe-style Pumpkin latte – click here for the recipe

Recipe challenge

This is the recipe I am adding to A to Z recipe challenge. In this inspiring group, we challenge ourselves as bloggers to develop recipes that utilise ingredients based on an alphabet a month. We have worked our way through a lot of these and now reached alphabet P. So I chose pumpkin and peanuts to bring forth the recipe. The group brings about very exciting recipes each month. Stay tuned for the collection

Do you have some more rice noodle vermicelli left?

Try this – Pancit bihon


Pancit bihon

Stay safe and bring forth superwoman you already are and never apologise about using a shortcut menu. 

Pumpkin, kale and peanuts with rice noodles

Pumkin and Kale sevai with peanuts.

Gluten-free, nightshade-free, quick and easy recipe.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, South indian, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter


Toprepare the noodles

  • 250 grams rice noodle
  • 6 cups hot water

to stirfry

  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1-3 dry red chillies (optional)
  • 2 cups pumpkin diced
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (I have used skinned and roasted ones. )
  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • 1 tbsp bisibelebath masala (check recipe on a previous blogpost.)
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds powdered.


To prepare the noodles

  • Boil the water and add to a bowl. Soak the rice noodles carefully in this for about 3 minutes or as per package instructions.
  • Drain the soaked rice noodles and set aside. Keep covered so they do not dry up.
    rice noodles

for the stirfry

  • Into a wok or deep pan, add the oil followed by the mustard and fenugreek seeds.
  • When the mustard splutters add the peanuts and the pumpkins and saute.
    pumpkin and peanut
  • Add the salt and pepper and mix well. the salt needs to account for the noodles as well as most brands of noodles come without any added salt.
  • Now mix in the chopped kale and cover and cook for f few minutes till the pumpkins soften. If the pumpkin variety you have takes a bit of time to cook add a few tsp of water to help it steam.
    kale added to stir fry
  • After 2-3 minutes open the lid carefully ( there will be a lot of steam) and mix well.
  • Add the Bisi Bele bath masala, coconut and flax seed powder and stirfry for another minute.
    getting the stirfry ready
  • Add the drained rice noodles and stirfry all together.
    noodles stirred in
  • Once the noodles are well coated, the noodles are ready to serve.
  • Enjoy it with some roasted tomato chutney.
    Pumpkin, kale and peanuts with rice noodles
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The Girl Next Door
1 year ago

My my! What an innovative recipe! Pumpkin and kale with sevai – who would have thunk? And yet, the sevai looks and sounds absolutely brilliant! I love the use of coconut and bisi bele bath powder here. Would definitely like to try this out.

1 year ago

This is quite unique and interesting combo for sevai. This looks really fantastic, it must be very yumm. Lovely share!

Shobha Keshwani
1 year ago

Wow. such a lovely idea of adding pumpkin to the noodles. Never thought of it. This way all those who dislike pumpkin will also relish it. The crunchiness of the peanuts also adds to the taste.

1 year ago

super nutritious twist there, Seema. 🙂 see, afterall the superwoman power works na… the nuttiness of the peanuts with the pumpkin twist on the sevai is yum!!

Mayuri Patel
1 year ago

Seema when I saw the click of Pumpkin and Kale Sevai on IG I couldn’t take my eyes off it. So beautifully clicked. As for the dish, what a wonderful way to add pumpkin and kale and give it a little South Indian flavour too.Take it from me even when the kids leave home, the supermom has to become a superwoman! Yes we all have too many chores to take care of.

Niranjana Sankaranarayanan
11 months ago

Such an innovative recipe with pumpkin, kale and sevai. Have never tried this combo so far. Such a healthy and tasty one!

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
11 months ago

What an amazing recipe this is! The soft and sweet pumpkin with some greens and the crunch of peanuts makes this otherwise simple sevai super interesting…

11 months ago

I must say this is one of the best way to transform simple sevai to something extraordinary. I’m sure the peanut, pumpkin and bisibelebath mix make this dish more flavourful and tasty that make anyone to devour without any fuss. Totally loving that bowl of sevai!

Sujata Roy
11 months ago

Loved this innovative recipe with kale and pumpkin. Sewai looks absolutely delicious. Also loved the use of bisibele bhat and coconut. Instant recipes are much needed these days. Superb share.

Vidya Narayan
Vidya Narayan
11 months ago

Sevai is a house favourite and the best part is you can add seasonal vegetables easily and make it wholesome for the whole family, just like you have.

Poonam Bachhav
11 months ago

I agree with you Seema that there is no harm in getting a helping hand at times and also in taking shortcuts in cooking. I like the way you have used instant rice vermicelli in the dish to save time and added nutritious veggies and nuts to make a quick yet comforting and filling meal.

11 months ago

Wow thats a beautiful combination in sevai, something more interesting to regular one!I can imagine the delicious taste of these rice noodles with kale and pumpkin. Loved it !

Anshu Agrawal
Anshu Agrawal
11 months ago

Loved your way of incorporating kale and pumpkin in sevai. A complete meal. So smart to add bissi bele bath masala to give that amazing flavor. Got a good idea to feed my picky eater. Amazing share !!

11 months ago

Such a innovative combination of pumpkin and kale in sevai. Peanuts will add crunch to it. Absolutely delicious.

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