Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a delicious South Indian dish you can easily put together when in a hurry. You can also make it with leftover rice. Serve Lemon Rice with a Raita (yogurt salad) and Poppadums for a simple yet tasty meal.

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Ingredients:
for Rice:

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

for Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 red whole red chili
  • 1 green chili sliced in four long way
  • 12 to 15 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chana dal, pre-soaked in water for at least half an hour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Method

  1. Wash rice gently changing water several times until the water appears clear.
  2. For fluffier rice, the rice should be soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Drain the rice and put it into the saucepan. Add water, oil, and salt, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.
  4. Cook about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork.

Preparing The Seasoning:

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat; stir-fry the peanuts for about 2 minutes until peanuts changes the color to light brown.
  2. Take out the peanuts from oil and use the same oil for rest of the seasoning.
  3. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds after seeds crack add red chili, curry leaves, and green chilies, and stir for a few seconds.
  4. Add the chana dal, stir-fry for about a minute.
  5. Add turmeric and mix it well.
  6. Add the pre-cooked rice, peanuts and sprinkle salt and lemon juice over the rice.
  7. Mix gently, making sure do not break the rice and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Rice is ready, Enjoy!

 

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