Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is easily one of the simplest yet most popular recipes in south india. It is a dish that is some times offered at several south indian temples . Being a delicious dish , you can easily make it even in a hurry. What's more , lemon rice can be made with left over rice as well.For a simple but tasty meal , it is ideal to serve this variety dish with raita, pappad, or chutney. Lemon rice is also a favourite Lunch box option among kids. The recipe is very easy , it is done by mixing rice with spiced pea nut & lemon mixture .The peanuts add a nutty flavor to the tangy & aromatic recipe.

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Basmati Rice-2 cups
Lemon juice- 3tbsp
Dry red chilli -2 nos
Musturd seeds-1 tsp
Split bengal gram /chana dal-3/4tbsp
Split black lentils/urad dal -1/2tbsp
Green chilli-2nos
Ginger-1inch piece
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida powder-1 pinch(opional)
Cooking oil-21/2tbsp
Salt to taste
Wash the rice. Cook rice in a vessel by adding enough water (8 cups) & 1 tsp of salt . when it is done drain the excess and keep aside (let it cool). Ensure that the grains are separate and not mushy so as to get aromatic & delicious lemon rice.
Finely chop the ginger .slit green chillies length wise.
Heat 2 and 1/2 tbsp of cooking oil in a pan. When the oil is hot , reduce the heat to low & add broken dry red chillies & mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds splutter, add split bengal gram (chana dal) & peanuts . stir it for 1 minute & split black lentils stirring one more minute.
Now add green chillies, curry leaves & finely chopped ginger. saute until it is done.(about 2 minutes)
Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder & 1 pinch of asafoetida powder. stir well for few seconds.
Add cooked rice , then lemon juice & salt to taste. mix well & turn off the heat. taste for salt . Transfer the lemon rice to the serving dish .
1. It can be served with pappad,pickle,chutney,raitha,plain curd etc
2. The amount of lemon juice to be added depends on how tangy the lemon is as well as how tangy you would like the lemon rice to be.