Lemon Rice


Lemon rice is a simple flavourful dish where cooked rice is tossed with a simple tempering and a generous serving of lemon juice. It is ready in no time if you have already have cooked rice. As the name suggests, the main flavour of lemon rice comes from lemon juice. This tangy, spicy rice is perfect when you have leftover rice. If you want to prepare it with fresh rice, make sure you cook the rice at least an hour ahead and let it cool completely. Since the rice needs to be tossed in the tempering, it is important that it is cool, else it will break.

Lemon rice tastes great as is, but it can be served with papad, coconut chutney or kosambari. Lemon rice is great for lunch boxes too. Make this dish with leftover rice for an easy weekday meal and you will not be disappointed.

 

 

Ingredients:

Cooked basmati rice – 2 cups
Lemon Juice – 2-3 tbsp or as per taste
Oil – 2 tbsp
Raw peanuts – ¼ cup
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Split black gram (urad dal) – 1 tbsp
Bengal gram (chana dal) – 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – 5-6
Asafoetida (hing) – a small pinch
Green chilli – 1-2, chopped
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add peanuts. Fry on medium flame until the peanuts are crunchy (you must take care not to burn them)
  2. Now add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add cumin seeds, urad dal, and chana dal and fry for a few seconds
  3. Add hing, curry leaves, green chilli, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for a few seconds
  4. Reduce the flame to low and add the cooked rice
  5. Gently mix until the tempering is well coated on the rice. Simmer for 1-2 minutes
  6. Turn off the flame and add lemon juice, grated coconut, and coriander leaves
  7. Gently mix it and serve

 

Fry peanuts in oil. Add rest of tempering ingredients and saute for a minute

Fry peanuts in oil. Add rest of tempering ingredients and saute for a minute

 

Add the cooked rice

Add the cooked rice

 

Mix gently taking care not to break the rice

Mix gently taking care not to break the rice

 

Squeeze in the lemon juice

Squeeze in the lemon juice

 

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