Monday, 27 July 2015

Lemon Rice !

Lemon Rice , a popular and simple rice dish from south India is so easy to make and this is the way I do it with loads of veggies. It is definitely a hassle free option when it comes for lunch box or for travel and picnics. Cooked rice is sauted with veggies and tempered with a south Indian touch and finished with a generous amount of Lemon/ Lime juice. 
This is one good way to use your leftover rice too. You can find many other rice recipes on the blog HERE

  • 1 Big Lemon / Lime
  • 1 cup cooked Rice (with salt)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • a pinch of asafoedita
  • 2 tsp Channa Dal  / Urad Dal
  • 2 tbsp Peanuts
  • 3 - 4 Green Chillis (Slit)
  • a piece of ginger (Julienned)
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • few broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup Green Peas (Fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers (all colors mixed)
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot#
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt as needed
  • coriander to garnish
  • Heat oil in a pan and once hot, add mustard seeds and Channa Dal. Once mustard splutters and dal turns slightly brown, add hing, Jeera and Peanuts.
  • Once the peanuts are fried well, add sliced onions, chilli and ginger.

  • Once onion is sauted well, add peppers and followed by grated carrot and green peas and broccoli. ( I usually add but didn't have this time)
  • Saute everything well together in medium flame.
  • Sprinkle some salt (only for veggies as I cook rice with salt) and turmeric powder.

  • You can close n cook for 2 minutes so that the veggies are done. 
  • Turn off stove, Now add rice and mix gently without breaking the rice.
  • Squeeze the lemon and add some chopped coriander and give a mix.


  • I cook rice with salt for most of the recipes like this. 
  • You can use leftover rice too for this. 
  • Since I used freshly prepared rice , it was warm when i added to the pan so I turned off stove and then mixed with lemon juice etc. In case of old leftover rice , give a stir with the veggies for 2 - 3 minutes until it becomes warm  and then turn off stove so that it is no more old and cold. 
  • Adding veggies is upto you and you can totally skip them all and still it tastes yummy.
  • The peppers and broccoli not only gives a nice crunch but in a way healthy too.

With Love,

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