Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice always reminds me of one of my college friends. While most of my classmates lived with me in the hostel this one was lucky to stay with grandparents. She would always bring delicious home made food and her tiffin (lunch box) was wiped clean by the food depraved hostelites. We had a win-win situation in this case because while we loathed eating cafeteria food everyday she was fed up of home made food. Nonetheless, she also had to finish her tiffin or granny wouldn’t be a happy camper. She generously let us gobble down the lemon rice while she enjoyed the coke and puffs form the cafeteria. Win-win situation, you will agree?

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is also synonymous with long train journeys. They keep so well that we would take them on our long train journeys. The lemon and oil in the preparation acts like preservatives and stays good even in the hot and humid weather.

Food and music always makes me nostalgic and takes me back to a different time. I am sure you have your own stories and memories surrounding some food. I hope while you enjoy my recipe today beautiful memories conjure up flooding you with happiness.



Ingredients:

Cooked Rice-3 Cups
Cooking Oil- 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 Tsp
Channa Daal- 2Tbsp
Peanuts(raw)- 4 Tbsp
Urad daal-1 Tsp
Curry leaves- 1 Sprig
Red chillies- 4-5
Asafoetida- a pinch(optional)
Lemon juice- 1/3 cup(depending on the sourness of lemon)


rice

Method:

1.Heat oil in a wide pan
2.Fry the peanuts till it is done, take out and keep aside.Fry the channa daal and keep that aside as well.
3.Splutter the mustard seeds and urad daal and throw in the red chillies, saute for a minute.
4.Add salt(if you have added salt while cooking the rice, be careful), turmeic and asafoetida and mix well (should be done on low heat, or else you will be burning the powders)
5.Add the rice (cooked) and mix well.
6.Switch off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix well. Check the taste and add more lemon juice if required.(It should be on the higher side,if you are eating later, since the rice will absorb it if you keep it longer.)
7.Mix in the fried peanuts and channa daal
8.Serve warm or cold with a pickle of your choice, yogurt or as it is.Enjoy !

Notes:

1.The rice must cool down well, if you do not have the prepared rice from previous day.The rice grains should be separated and lumps should be avoided.
2.If you are preparing rice for this dish, you could add salt while cooking the rice.
3.If you are planning to pack this for later, let it cool down completely before doing so.

Lemon rice

Contributor : Namitha

66 comments:

  1. I make a lemon cake and you make a lemon rice.
    Beautiful blog.
    See soon.

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  2. I know we talked about it and I told you how I like these photos but decided to say it once again. Its lovely!

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  3. Lovely presentation of lemon rice, cant be any better!

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  4. Lovely presentation, Namitha. This was my favourite lunch,, which mom used to pack in my lunch box.And infact this is the first food that I learned to cook. i learned it when I was in 7th grade. And even now...When traveling, this is what i always prefer to take...one-pot, yummy and filling.

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  5. I love your pics and presentation style...just so professional & awesome, simple and delicious lemon rice...

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  6. Lemon rice is indeed many ppl fav and your looks very tasty and a lovely clink too:)

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  7. The pictures are beautiful :) Nice yummy recipe!

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  8. ton riz a l'air délicieux bien parfumé et bien épicé et coloré
    bonne soirée

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  9. don't u miss those college days....rice looks delicious

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  10. I have never tried lemon rice but always wanted to. Yours looks to nice...i shall try ur recipe now..

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  11. Such a great click- simplest thing is full of glamour :)

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  12. simple rice...looks fab on ur blog..
    i have an award for u..pl visit my blog to 'collect' it.

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  13. wow.......dear i now lemon rice is delicious........but ur pic made them more and more delicious....

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  14. Hi Namitha

    Lemon rice looks nice...always love rice..

    visit if you can

    http://joyofcooking247.blogspot.com

    Cheeres

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  15. Colorful and aromatic rice,yummmmm

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  16. Simple and yummy rice.. Nice pictures..

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  17. I love lemon rice , nice pics, looks perfect

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  18. Lemon Rice looks absolutely yummy...beautiful clicks too:)

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  19. ofcourse, it reminds me of so many pleasant souvenirs of my hostel days;

    whatever they served us in the hostel, now, so many years after, I must say that it was something well balanced and good food; but back there, I never liked except some of my favourites;
    one among them was this lemon rice; they used to pack it along with a vadavam thuvayal and eggs in tomato sauce for the excursions. We simply loved it and even the day-scholars used to love it so much....nice wonderful days....

    your lemon rice looks simply perfect; what to say, I would finish the two plates without any problem; excellent dish !!

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  20. My favorite rice..Its so simple yet so tasty!! Pics are beautiful!!

    Renuka
    http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com

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  21. The first time i met it was in London.
    Thanks for remind me that period!

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  22. best dabba lunch,best picnic food..easy to make- et all. love the click. its gorgeous

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  23. Lovely pics. Simple and yummy :)

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  24. I love lemon rice its a easy and quick way to use up left over rice.
    Your clicks are awesome as always.

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  25. Wow..beautiful pictures..it makes more interesting to see the everyday recipe stand out !!

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  26. lovely lemon rice, nicely presented nami, Love that color....very cool.:)

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  27. What a pretty looking rice dish!! Yum!

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  28. This is my family's fav. I can't get enough of lemon rice. Your awesome and mouth watering Click is tempting me to make this tonight. Also loved ur write-up..I was glad I did not stay at a hostel as I got to eat all the delicious food my mom prepared...lol. See Now Like you I'm so far away from her ...As I'm writing my comment I'm still admiring ur Click. PERFECT...

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  29. What a tasty and pretty rice dish.

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  30. One of my favorite lunch box meals :D

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  31. I have to agree with everyone, the presentation of this dish is beautiful!
    And it looks yummy!

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  32. oh yum!I've never had rice prepared like this but it looks great!

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  33. my 1st time heard lemon rice, this rice look refreashing !!

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  34. oh i love lemon rice my mum in law made this really well lol

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  35. Nice presentation....lovely lemon rice

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  36. comforting lemon rice! Looks beautiful and attractive presentation!

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  37. Lemon rice...yummy.
    Lovely picture.

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  39. I am totally blown away by the beauty of this dish. The colour!!! Golden and delicious. My compliments!

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  40. Wow...it truly looks lemony: bright, pucky, and refreshing! I wish I could eat right off the page!

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  41. All time favourite!!!!. Well taken pic.

    Chitchat
    http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

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  42. wow, you killed me with those photos! You do magic with your lens, dear!! Love the lemon rice and absolutely loved your photos!

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  43. An ordinary lemon rice has been clicked so beautifully that it is tempting me so much though I am not a big fan of lemon rice.Lovely photograph!

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  44. it looks so light and flavoursome! will have this with my next curry meal!

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  45. My god.. those pics really make me crave for this super delicious rice...
    I also have a story to tell Nami, this lemon rice, or yellow rice, as we say, along with a stupid-bland-pickle and curd rice used to be our industrial trips' menu and we used to hate it.. we secretly used to sneek into some nearby dabbas and have yummy food there, while some nerds continue to eat the lemon, no, yellow rice!! Phew, pleasant memories!! :D

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  46. Nice presentation dear....Lemon rice looks perfect and really so tempting...

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  47. Hi Namitha

    thanks for visiting me and leaving nice comments..

    cheeres

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  48. I don't think it would take much persuasion to have me gobble this up! Looks delicious, especially with the peanuts dotted throughout.

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  49. Lovely presentation and awesome clicks...Very true...perfect for the long journeys....I enjoy it with some pickle :).

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  50. Hey Namitha,
    Wishing you loads of luck, joy and laughter on your birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day.
    All thanks to Rohini, that i got a chance to wish you:)
    Enjoy!

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  51. I love lemon rice. The indian lady I used to live with used to make this killer lemon rice. I tried to make it myself but I need more practice. Yours look awesome!

    It is true that food brings me back some memory. I have good memory when it comes to food. Also, what brings back my memory is smell. When I smell something familiar, it brings me back to some memories.

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  52. beautiful colour and superb clicks.

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  53. Nice presentation...this is my fav too...I love this :)

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  54. Cool photos and great recipe !. Happy b'day Nami!

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  55. ehy i like ths one...nice recipe...nice presentation 2

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  56. Most comforting and all time favorite rice, nice click!

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  57. Simple & tasty one.Nice presentation dear

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  58. wow..I love this rice a lot..a quickie..yet tasty..nice clicks as always..

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  59. Amazing I really don't know that dish. And the idea about the lemon and oil that act as a preservatives in the food but really, lemons are truly beautiful. I like it especially the juice, the zest and the smell. Anyway, about the recipe, I want to try it. It's healthy and nutritious. And having brought about the tiffin container, its perfect! Oh, you might want to visit Happy Tiffin for more other tiffin carriers with different style and design. You'll love it!

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  60. A simple lemon rice..Looking so delicious and wonderful!

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