January 25, 2012

Lemon rice

Are you looking for a recipe that ...
  • looks colorful. 
  • is rich in flavor.
  • tastes just right (not too spicy / too tangy / too sweet).
  • can be prepared in a jiffy.
  • is extremely simple.
  • doesn't involve too many ingredients.
  • is ideal for take-out / tiffin box.
  • is appealing for your kid's taste buds.
  • doesn't require any elaborate side-dish.
  • works wonder with left-over rice.
Well, you are at the right post and here is the recipe for "Lemon Rice"!!

My daughter simply adores this humble yellow rice. I need not work hard or reach moon & stars to impress her, this simple variety rice does that trick for me ^_^

Cooked rice - 2 cups (I used sona masoori cooked with 1.5 cups of water
Juice from 1 small lime (I always prefer lime over lemons)
Gingelly Oil - 1-2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urid dal - 1/2 tsp
Channa dal - 1/2 tsp
Peanuts - 1-2 tbsp
Green Chillies - 2 nos
Red Chillies - 2 nos
Hing - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - To taste
Curry leaves - Few

Heat oil in a wide pan. To this, add mustard seeds, channa dal, urid dal & peanuts. Allow mustard seeds to splutter, channa dal & urid dal to turn brown and peanuts to be roasted. Add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, hing and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute. Remove from heat.

Add rice to this mixture and mix gently until the 'yellow' color from turmeric powder is coated uniformly all over the rice. Add lime juice, salt and mix well. Take care not to break/smash rice while mixing.

Serve with appalam (or) chips (or) potato/seppankizhangu/okra roast.

  • Key to a great tasting lemon rice is the correct proportion of lime juice & salt. 
  • You can replace peanuts with cashews.
  • You can replace lime juice with citron (narthangai) juice to make citron rice.
Linking this to "Lets Cook - Rice" event hosted by Radhika

1 comment :

  1. Wonderful recipe to pack during journeys. Thanks for linking it to the event.