Lemon Rice Recipe, How to Make Lemon Rice Recipe
Lemon Rice is our family’s all time favorite recipe. We make it very often at home especially on Saturdays when we have so many chores to do. Lemon Rice is very easy to make, and we usually have it with pickle and appalam. Whenever I have leftover rice at home, I make this quick and popular rice. It is also a great lunchbox recipe.
During my school days, we would go to Thiruvanthipuram Temple once in two months along with my grandparents. My mom would make Lemon Rice, Kovil Puliyodharai and Curd Rice along with Potato Curry. After the darshan, we would climb up the temple stairs and sit under a banyan tree. My grandmother would make small balls and give it to all of us. Very sweet memories.
Sanvi is a great fan of lemon rice. She likes it to have along with potato curry and appalam. She would ask me for the Lemon Rice anytime, so I would always keep some cooked rice at home.
Some of my friends would buy concentrated lemon juice and keep it at home. During their lazy days, they would make Lemon Rice with the lemon juice. I have tried both ways and didn’t find any difference in the taste at all. For those who do not use lemon often at home, it is best to buy a lemon juice instead of lemons. I use lemons a lot in my cooking, so I always buy fresh lemons. Now lets move on to this ever popular and easy recipe.
If you are looking for more rice varieties, then please refer to my Rice Collections post.
You can serve Lemon Rice with the following side dishes:
Kovakkai Fry/Tindora Fry
Avarakkai Verkadalai Poriyal
Chettinadu Cauliflower Fry
Kovakkai Urulai Poriyal
Cooked Rice – 2 and 1/2 cups
Lemon Juice – 2.5 tablespoon or Lemons – 2 nos.
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – as needed
Sesame Oil – 2 tablespoon
Mustard Seeds – 1 teaspoon
Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon
Channa Dal – 1 tablespoon
Peanuts – 4 tablespoon
Red Chillies – 3 nos.
Green Chillies – 3 nos.
Asafoetida – a pinch
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Note. The ingredients shown will vary with the original quantity.
1. Wash the rice and cook the rice in an open vessel by adding two cups of water. Then spread the rice in a large plate and cool it down. Add a teaspoon of oil and salt to the rice and mix carefully. You can also pressure cook the rice. Squeeze out the lemons and collect its juice. Set the lemon juice aside.
2. In a small pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. Once mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal and channa dal. Fry until they become golden brown. Then add red chillies, green chillies, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Now add the turmeric powder and give a quick stir.
3. Add lemon juice and switch off the stove.
4. Add the seasoning to the cooled rice and mix well.
5. Meantime, fry peanuts in a teaspoon of oil until they become golden brown.6. Add the ground nuts to the lemon rice and mix well. You can also add a teaspoon of sesame oil and gently stir well. Before serving, let the Lemon Rice stand for 5 minutes for the lemon flavor to get absorbed by the rice.
Now, the Lemon Rice is ready! Serve warm with papad, spicy curry or thogayal.