Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lemon Rice

#LemonRice is one of the best packed food items. It is made with commonly used condiments and lemon juice with rice. Lemon rice is called chitranna in Karnataka and served for morning breakfast.

Lemon Rice

Ingredients :
1 CupRaw Rice
4 TspGingelly Oil [ Till/sesame oil ]
1 big sizeLemon [ adjust ]
To Temper :
1 TspMustard seeds
1/4 TspFenugreek seeds [ optional ]
1 TspBlack gram split [ urad dhall ]
2 TspBengal gram [ channa dhall ]
4 TspPeanut [ Ground nut ]
2 or 3Green chilly, chop nicely
10 - 15Curry leaves
3 TspCoriander leaves chopped [ optional ]
2 TspCarrot chopped nicely [ optional ]
Powders to add :
1/4 TspTurmeric powder
1/2 TspCumin powder
1/2 TspRed chilly powder [ adjust ]
1/4 TspAsafoetida powder
2 TspSalt [ adjust ]

Method :
Wash the lemon and cut into halves. Take water in a small cup. Remove seeds and immerse in water.
This helps to remove the bitterness that comes from the skin of the lemon.

Wash rice twice and take in a pressure cooker.
Add 2 cups of water, close the lid and put on weight.
Keep on high flame and cook for 3 whistles.
Reduce Flame and cook for 3 minutes.
Switch off and open immediately after the steam has completely subsided.
Now take a wide mouthed vessel or basin.
Turn the cooker upside down onto the basin to transfer the cooked rice.
Add oil and gently seperate cooked rice with a spoon.
Keep under a fan to cool down and to avoid cooked rice become sticky.

Now keep a kadai on slow flame and add 2 Tsp of oil.
When oil becomes hot splutter mustard seeds and then add urad dhal, gram dhal, fenugreek and ground nuts in the order.
Fry well till golden color and then add nicely chopped carrot pieces, green chilly, curry leaves and chopped coriander leaves.
Saute well for 2 minutes.

Now add all the powders and stir well for 10 to 15 seconds only.

Then switch off the stove and squeeze in lemon juice.

Mix well and transfer onto the rice.

Gently mix the prepared lemon mix with rice.
Adjust salt and red chilly powder.
Allow the mixed rice to cool down completely before packing in a tiffin box.

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is ready!!
Enjoy with pappad or vathal or urulai kizhangu ( potato ) podimaas or simply without any side dish!!

Note : The rice should be prepared little bit more salty and spicy so that the lemon rice will taste good at the time of eating.
The excess salt and spice will be absorbed by the rice as the time passes.