Sevai is mostly made fresh starting from rice grains. Sevai is similar to idiyappam, in the ingredients and preparation. Sevai, unlike idiyappam, is typically broken or cut up rather than in piles of noodles. In this way, sevai is treated almost as a substitute for rice. Idiyappam, by contrast, is served almost as a substitute for appam with side dishes like curries or kormas .Other variants of sevai (or idiyappam for that matter) can be made with ragi,jowar, or other grains are served plain with accompaniments like sweetened coconutmilk and various edible powders that include powdered chickpea and sesame.