Lemon Rice – South Indian Variety Rice

2014-11-02
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Lemon rice is a very famous and delicious authentic south Indian rice dish that can be prepared in few minutes by adding cooked rice with fresh lemon juice. Usually lemon rice goes well with raitha or Pappad snacks. In Tamilnadu, this dish commonly prepared during festivals, traditional festivals and it is served as a prasadam in south Indian temples too. Together with Tamarind rice, Lemon rice is a popular long-lasting travel food. This rice also spelled as Ellumichai Sadam, Ellumichai Satham, Lime rice, Chitrannam, Lemon ki chawal.

Whenever my grandparents go for a long journey to various temples, they used to pack lemon rice and tamarind rice, since it doesn’t spoil for two days. When I was a beginner of Indian cooking, I used to prepare lemon rice often (as its very easy and don’t need any great cooking skills). I also prepare this rice variety, when I am very hurry or I feel too lazy. Throughout this food blog we are trying to publish some new Indian recipes. So, keeping this in mind, i planned to add some green peas and nuts to it (i know its nothing new, but just to add some crispyness and color to the dull Lemon rice). Yes, you are right. I am going to use Peanuts (Poorman’s Cashew) and few Cashew nuts. It enough to use any one nuts, but just wanna show it with both Cashews and Peanuts (groundnuts, kadalai). See the tips section to keep these nuts crispy even after adding to Lemon rice. It is very simple, tangy and tasty. Here comes the recipe for the most popular south Indian variety rice – Lemon rice.
As usual I will try to keep the recipe preparation steps as simple as possible, so that it will be comfortable for learners of Indian cooking. Step by step easy preparation to make simple but very tasty and crispy Lemon Rice is given below. Try this south indian rice recipe and share your tasty experiences.

Lemon rice is a very famous and delicious authentic south Indian rice dish that can be prepared in few minutes by adding cooked rice with fresh lemon juice. Usually lemon rice goes well with raitha or Pappad snacks. In Tamilnadu, this dish commonly prepared during festivals, traditional festivals and it is served as a prasadam in south Indian temples too. Together with Tamarind rice, Lemon rice is a popular long-lasting travel food. This rice also spelled as Ellumichai Sadam, Ellumichai Satham, Lime rice, Chitrannam, Lemon ki chawal.

Ingredients

  • Rice (cooked)- 1cup
  • Peas - 1/2cup
  • Lemon-1/2 (for juice)
  • Cashew nuts-10
  • Peanuts - 50gms
  • Onion -1(chopped)
  • Green chilly-1(chopped)
  • Turmeric powder-1/2tbsp
  • Gram dal-1/2tbsp
  • Cumin Jeera-1/2tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2tbsp
  • Vegetable oil-4tbsp

Method

Step 1

Rice preparation: Wash and cook the rice with salt using 2 cups of water or little lesser. (The quantity of water differs as per type of rice). Be careful with the water, because for preparing variety rice, always cooked rice must be non-sticky. So, try to use less water than normal. Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to big plate. Cool down to room temperature. So that the rice retains its shape. Now the rice is ready for making Lemon rice.

Step 2

Peas preparation: Wash and Cook green peas with salt. If you are using frozen peas, then soak it in hot water for few mins and keep it ready for next step.

Step 3

Tempering and Frying onions: Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, When it is splitters add cumin seeds, gram dals, green chilly and onion. Fry the onion till it turns to golden color. Make sure that the burner is in medium flame.

Step 4

Lemon / Lime Juice Preparation: Extract the juice of lemon and filter the lime seeds. Now add lemon juice to the tempering. Fry for few seconds.

Step 5

Adding Peas: Mix the cooked (or frozen) peas to the tempered ingredients. Stir well.

Step 6

Mixing rice: Now add cooked rice to the ingredients. Then mix all the ingredients. Don’t mix too much.

Step 7

Add Nuts – Cashews and Peanuts: Remove the rice from the heat. Now, Roast cashews and groundnuts with 1 tsp of ghee/oil in a fresh pan seperately. Mix those nuts to the rice. You can also garnish Lemon Rice with Coriander leaves.Now yummy tasty lemon rice is ready to serve! Serve with papaddam or vathal.

Tips:

1) In order to keep the nuts crispy even after a long time, don’t add it when you prepare the dish. But, add it once the rice dish is removed from the heat and kept in room temperature for sometime.
2) You can use 1 tsp. oil before cooking the rice (just fry it in a hot pan for few mins). So that it retains its shape and rice doesn’t stick to each other after cooked. This step is important to make any variety rice dishes.

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