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Lemon Rice (South Indian)

Posted By Vardhini On July 21, 2011 @ 5:26 am In Blogging Marathon,Gallery,Healthy Recipes,Indian,Main Dish,Quick & Easy,Under 30 minutes | 57 Comments

Lemon Rice | Cooks JoyDay 6 of the blogging marathon with theme “Combo meals” and today is all about the classic “Lemon Rice and Potato Fry”. Does this combo bring back memories of school/college? Well for me it brings back nostalgic memories of school days. My Grandma used to pack lunch for my aunts, uncles and me. She used to spread the cooked rice over a big plate for it to cool. After preparing the lemon rice, she used to give few spoonfuls to taste and it used to be so delicious that I could eat the whole bowl. Gone are those days, but the memories will remain forever.
Lemon Rice is very easy to prepare in a jiffy. Do you have left over rice? No problem. It will disappear in a minute when lemon rice is made. This rice is also prepared for festivals and functions. When it comes to picnic or travel and we need to carry food it is always lemon rice for me. It is easy to prepare and I don’t have to worry about it getting spoilt. Even this time around I prepared it for a picnic and packed it in my new LocknLock lunch box.
Don’t be alarmed at the ingredient list as all ingredients are commonly available in the pantry. Its picnic time .. let’s start cooking.

1.5 cups basmati rice
3 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1.5 tsp urad dal
1.5 tsp channa dal
3 tsp peanuts (Optional)
Few cashews (Optional)
Curry leaves
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Small piece of ginger
2 green chillies
3 red chillies
1 lemon (about 3 oz lemon juice)
Salt to taste

Cook the basmati rice and allow it to cool. This is important for the grains to stay separate. Leftover rice works best. (Any rice can be used.)

Seasoning ingredients at a glance.

Heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When it splutters add the other seasoning ingredients except lemon juice.

Saute for a couple of minutes until the lentils turn brown. Then add the lemon juice and salt. Turn off the stove.

Add the mixture to the cooled rice.

Start mixing slowly. We don’t want to break the grains.

All mixed and ready.

This lunchbox is the new addition to my kitchen. It is big and holds a lot of food. I used to pack food for picnic in a big box and then carry plates separately. But now these three boxes fit perfectly inside the insulated bag and I don’t have to mess around with plates as we could eat from the box itself. I was able to pack the rice in 2 boxes and the third box carried potatoes. As you can see in the picture there is also an ice pack which can be used if needed.
See more pictures of this lunchbox here.
Another look at the easy and tasty lemon rice. We had it of course with potatoes which were fried in Chettinad style .. recipe to follow soon :)

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