Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice

It has been a while since I posted a South Indian dish here. Here’s something simple and quick that I made for dinner yesterday.

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked basmati (or any other long-grain) rice

2 Tbsp oil (gingelly/sesame oil would be ideal here)
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 red chillies
A pinch of asafoetida
½ tsp turmeric powder
3-4 green chillies, minced
4-5 curry leaves
½ onion, finely chopped
¾ tsp ginger paste
A good handful of coriander leaves, chopped up
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 2 large and juicy lemons)
Salt
Sugar

Method:
Cook the rice. (I always use the microwave for this.)

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan. Add chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, red chillies asafoetida, turmeric powder, green chillies, and curry leaves. Next add the onions, ginger paste, and salt. Cook till the onions soften.

Add the hot rice and mix well. Turn off the heat; add lemon juice to the rice. Add a touch of sugar too if you so desire. Keep for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the rice to absorb the lemon juice and all of the other flavors.

I normally use rice that has been left over from the previous day to make preparations like tomato rice, tamarind rice, ghee rice, etc. In the case of lemon rice though, I have found that it tastes best when the rice used is fresh and steaming hot.

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Anh said...

I love the sound of this recipe!! It will be on my dinner table soon, hopefully.

Happy cook said...

Few weeks back i made my first lemon rice and loved it.
This looks so so yumm.
Love the colour.

Rajitha said...

i love love lemon rice....actually it was a staple in my lunch box at school, minus the onions and ginger and addition of loads of peanuts!!

Parita said...

I love lemon rice, i usually cook it when i m in hurry..gorgeous click, looks perfect!

Sakshi said...

Love lemon rice with pickle...yum!! Your pic is tempting me to soon make it :)

Prathibha said...

Nice color...

Lavi said...

Looks Delicious!! I always Love your pic's..

Miri said...

I love lemon rice in the way that one can only love comfort food....lemon rice with potatoes is the best combination!

But I like making lemon rice with short grained rice instead of long grained, I feel it adds more flavour...your pics are so sunshiney!

Soma said...

A lot of my left over rice goes to making lemon rice:-) My kids love it when i serve it like this in the picture.

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Laavanya said...

I like the addition of onions too - this and a spicy potato curry is a delicious combination.

Pavithra said...

wow thats gr8 click.. simple lemon is looking great thru camera...really tempting rice

Kalai said...

I love the way it looks! Lemon rice is one of my favorites and always reminds me of summer road trips. Simple, quick and scrumptious. Nice one! :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

My favourite......looks droooooooooool worthy.....

Bharti said...

I love lemon rice. what a pretty picture.

Vanamala said...

nice pics...lovely dish

Shama Nagarajan said...

a simple comfort yummy food

Vaishali said...

TBC, this is what I always make when pressed for time: it is great for a bagged lunch. Love the color of your lemon rice.

Lisa said...

Looks perfect! I made lemon rice the other day, but I used brown basmati instead of white and I loved it.

Red Chillies said...

Looks pretty good. This is a favorite at our place and I make almost similar way minus the sugar.

Aparna said...

I just made this for lunch yeasterday, and after a long time. Didn't realise how much I missed it. :)

Superchef said...

oooh..lemon rice with coconut chutney is my favourite combo!!

Varsha Vipins said...

So beautifulllll..:)..love the combo..:)

TBC said...

Thanks for the kind comments. :D Sorry about not being able to respond individually...busy days.

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