Lemon Rice

Lemon rice takes me back to my childhood and long train journeys to Kerala. We would generally take a big container of lemon rice along with fish fry to eat on the train journey. Lemon rice is fresh and light and easy on the stomach. I generally take it nowadays in my lunch box as it is quick and simple to prepare in the mornings.

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Lemon rice is generally made with peanuts but this recipe is with udad. This recipe is enough for one person’s lunch box.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice (I used ponni boiled rice)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp udad
  • 1/2 tsp chopped / crushed ginger
  • 2 chopped pearl onions
  • 1 dried red chilly (I wanted it less spicy)
  • curry leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (half a lemon’s juice)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt
  • oil

Method

Clean and soak the rice for 15 minutes. Cook it in 1 – 1 1/2 cup of water with some salt for about 10 – 12 minutes and keep aside to cool.

Heat oil in a pan and sputter mustard seeds and udad. Add ginger, curry leaves and chopped chilly and stir for 2 minutes. Add the chopped onions and stir till onions are soft. Add turmeric powder and stir for a minute.

Add rice and mix well. Then add the lemon juice and take off heat.

Serve hot with pickle / vegetable side dish / papad.

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Lemon Rice
 
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Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rice (I used ponni boiled rice)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp udad
  • ½ tsp chopped / crushed ginger
  • 2 chopped pearl onions
  • 1 dried red chilly (I wanted it less spicy)
  • curry leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (half a lemon's juice)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • salt
  • oil
Instructions
  1. Clean and soak the rice for 15 minutes. Cook it in 1 - 1½ cup of water with some salt for about 10 - 12 minutes and keep aside to cool.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and sputter mustard seeds and udad. Add ginger, curry leaves and chopped chilly and stir for 2 minutes. Add the chopped onions and stir till onions are soft. Add turmeric powder and stir for a minute.
  3. Add rice and mix well. Then add the lemon juice and take off heat.
  4. Serve hot with pickle / vegetable side dish / papad.
Notes
You can substitute the udad with roasted peanuts

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