May 31, 2010

Lemon Rice

While I have made Lemon Sevai reasonably often, I haven't made Lemon Rice as much. I tend to stick to making it only on Pongal or during the "Aadi Maasam" (if I remember). Now, I make it when we have people over for a meal. In these parts, a South Indian meal is not complete if there is no lemon rice. I have seen lots of people eat lemon rice with sambar. I don't think of it as a great combination. Sambar goes with Pongal or plain rice very well, not with Lemon Rice.

1 cup cooked Rice

Juice of 1 Lime
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste

For the tempering:

1 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
7-8 Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Urad Dal
1/4 tsp Chana Dal
1 Red Chilli
2 Green Chillies, slit
1 tbsp Cashews, roughly broken
2 tbsp Peanuts

Mix the lime juice with the salt and turmeric powder.

Heat the oil in a kadhai. Add the urad and chana dals. When the urad dal begins to change colour, add the mustard and asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves, peanuts, cashews, green chillies and red chilli.Take it off the stove and allow to cool a bit. Add the lime-turmeric mixture to this.

Pour the lime juice -tempering mixture over the rice. Mix well and serve with some vadams.

The rice for this dish should not be soft. Sometimes, I cook the rice with a little turmeric and few drops of oil, and add less water than I would for a regular meal. So, a ratio of 1:2.25 for Sona Masoori rice would work very well. Spread the cooked rice on a plate and allow it to cool so that it doesn't get mushy. The dish tastes best when the grains of the rice are separate.


Priya said...

lovely recipe...looks delicious....:)

Unknown said...

Wow, looks so well !!!

Karen said...

yummy!! this looks and sounds delicious!! so fragrant! thanks for sharing!

Parita said...

Yumm my favorite!

Indian Khana said...

All time favorite....looks gud

Unknown said...

at our place.its lemon rice with potato curry..sounds weird, but tastes good..always a favourite...

Chitra said...

My all time fav :)

Padmajha said...

Lemon rice and potao chips/potato fry is our combo and its meant for lazy days and lunch boxes.your click look very tempting..

FH said...

You are making me crave for some of that! :D

Soma Pradhan said...

Like Them always

SpicyTasty said...

My all time fav , it's such an comfort food. I love it at any time.

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Suma Rowjee said...

An all time favorite.. looks delicious!

Malar Gandhi said...

All time fav'...perfect dish:)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Its been a long time since I 've been here and have been missing your bakes. Congratulations on turning 3 here and wishing you many more "yummy" years here.

Will get in touch one of these days. Have been letting life swamp me! :)

I tend to make lemon rice more often than lemon sevai, though I like the sevai better.

Shammi said...

Lemon rice with sambar???? It's just so wrong!