Tired of pulao, khichdi and fried rice which I very often make at home, I was on a quest for new and different rice recipes to try, well definitely new for me atleast!
I decided to give lemon rice a shot. I had eaten it in restaurants outside and simply loved the tangy flavor with the rich yet subtle taste of the curry leaves,the spices marrying with the sweetness of the groundnuts.
This recipe is very easy to put together especially if you prepare the rice in advance.
Recipe source:- Lemon rice
3-4 cups cooked rice
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 kashmiri chilly cut in half
1 tsp channa dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/4 tsp hing
8-10 curry leaves
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp ghee
2 tablespoons groundnuts roasted
Roast the goundnuts on a pan till nice and golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds. When they crackle add the urad dal and channa dal. Then add the red chilies,hing,curry leaves and grated ginger.
Fry for two minutes. Keep the flame low.
Add the turmeric and groundnuts and fry for few seconds. The turmeric should not burn. Then add the rice and the juice of 1 lemon. Around a tbsp of juice.
Stir that gently till the rice is coated with the spices. Your lemon rice is ready to serve!