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I am Sharing a recipe of Lemon Rice. It is giving me immense pleasure as this rice preparation is a another feather on my blog category Leftover Bestever. This Rice is a best recipe to use party leftover rice.

This is one of the most popular and often made rice recipe from South India. A rice dish I have had at a few South Indian temples and also in restaurants. Today it was a nostalgic moment for me as my sis-in-law has shared some old family pictures with us. This took me back to the memories of those good days when my mom in law was with us. Being youngest and only daughter in law she pampered me a lot. she use to cook for me. she taught me so many dishes from different cuisines. Her speciality was punjabi and south Indian cuisine ….

  You can make lemon rice with freshly cooked rice or even with leftover rice. The peanuts add crunch to this sour and aromatic rice recipe. South Indian food is one of my favorite. Variety of crepes, lemon rice and tamarind rice is also one of them and I must say, my mom in law was expert in this, sharing today my mom in laws special lemon rice ..    

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Lemon Rice -A Flavorful Rice

Recipe by MINAL SHARMACourse: MainCuisine: Indian, southindianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

175

kcal

Easy South Indian style Lemon Rice with lemon juice, curry leaves and crunchy peanuts! This flavorful rice make a great lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heaped regular rice or 3 cups cooked rice

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or add as required

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 1 teaspoon urad dal

  • 2 dry red chilies

  • 1 to 2 green chilies, chopped

  • 12 curry leaves

  • 1 generous pinch asafoetida (hing)

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 tablespoon cashews – halved or chopped (optional)

  • ¼ cup peanuts – optional

  • 2 to 3 tablespoon oil

  • salt as required

Directions

  • COOKING RICE:
  • Rinse 1 heaped cup rice a couple of times and soak for 30 minutes. 
  • Add 1/4 tsp salt and cook rice for 8 to 10 minutes on medium-high flame. 
  • Heaped cup rice will yield 3 to 4 cups rice. This depends on the type and quality of rice. 
  • Let the rice become warm or cool at room temperature.
  • MAKING LEMON RICE
  • In a frying pan, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil. First fry peanuts till crunchy and then keep them aside. 
  • In the same oil, then fry cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  • Now add 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan. 
  • Add the mustard seeds and let them crackle. Once the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add the urad dal.
  • Saute till the urad dal turns golden. fry everything on a low flame, so that the spices don’t burn.
  • Then add the red chilies, green chilies (chopped) and curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds till the red chilies change color. 
  • Switch off the flame and add the asafoetida and turmeric powder. Mix very well
  • Stir and immediately pour this tempering mixture on the rice. Add the fried peanuts, cashews, lemon juice and salt. Mix very well.
  • Keep it covered for the flavors to blend for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Then serve the lemon rice with curd, papads and coconut chutney or just have lemon rice plain.

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I am Minal, a food blogger, food writer, a recipe developer, food stylist and a food photographer who blogs vegetarian recipes..
I am Minal, a food blogger, food writer, a recipe developer, food stylist and a food photographer who blogs vegetarian recipes..

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