Skip to main content

Blog Picks : Lemon Rice



Our next blog pick and my last night's dinner was courtesy Bhags' Crazy Curry. I dig the simple, yet good looking food she creates. And I dig good lemon rice anywhere, so this was an easy recipe to bookmark.

I had to make one adjustment to her original recipe because Bhags, like good Indian cooks anywhere, assumed that lemon rice needs onions. No, it doesn't, but she realized it only after she had posted the recipe. I dutifully excluded those, and the rest of the recipe was simplicity itself.

Boil 1/2 cup long grain rice (basmati for me) until done. Spread in a plate and mix in juice of one lemon. Heat oil in a pan. Add a few curry leaves and 1/2 tsp each of mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add a tbsp each of chana dal and urad dal, let them fry for a couple of minutes and throw in a tbsp of cashewnuts. Add a pinch of turmeric for color, now add the rice and mix to coat and color everything yellow. Add 1/4 tsp salt (or more if you like) and cook for another minute or so.

Okay - here's a confession. I forgot the salt! Yes, and I only realized it once I'd clicked my pictures and sat down to eat dinner. So what I did was heat up a tbsp of water, added salt to it and then mixed in the rice. Let it cook for a minute and it was as good as new. Lemon Rice seems to be a tough recipe to mess up.

Comments

notyet100 said…
LOOKS SO LEMONY,..ND YUMMY...
Rachel said…
A fav of mine..Give me this and potato stir fry..and I'm in heaven!
bhags said…
The bowl looks so perfect, can i dive my spoon in it to steal a scoop please..........:)

Thanks for trying the recipe
Sangeeth said…
hey i made lemon rice recently!!!it sure is one of my fav and delicious and easy to make....you can go on and on about this rice...loved ur bowl....
Srivalli said…
hahah..thats really funny!..well it wasn't obvious to us from the picture that you forgot salt,,heheh..:)..nice pick..I was rofl when bhags said she added onions to lemon rice..thats taking onions little too high..what say?..:)

and since bhags has already commented, I can escape getting beatings..heheh
Shriya said…
As rachel said the combo is really heaven. One of the easiest and tastiest variety rice.
Kalva said…
Simple elegant dish.. love it
RavishSmile said…
looks lovely, lemony, and perfect ! I agree with Rachel, potato stir fry is the best combo..
Simran said…
You are right! It was perfectly lemony.

Rachel/Shriya/RavishSmile : I've always eaten lemon rice on its own or with curd, but potato stir fry sounds like a really interesting combo. Will try it next time

Bhags/Sangeeth : I love the bowl too. Its one of those Chinese sets that have bowls varying in size from a smal, tiny one to a huge soup bowl. Something like the Russian dolls.
Bharti said…
Mast! Looks as good as it can get!

Popular posts from this blog

Tales of A Female Nomad

This month, our book club goes on a nomadic tour. We traveled with Rita Golden Gelman, a writer who sold everything she owned after the shock of a divorce and became a nomad. Not a tourist, because Rita stays away from everything that a tourist does and instead, tries to live the lives of people she visits.

From Mexico to Israel to Galapago Islands, Rita goes the way least traveled, always preferring to stay as a boarder with natives. And sometimes, going to places not even locals will go, places so secluded yet beautiful that Rita's description takes your breath away, urges you to become a nomad yourself.

Yet even nomads sometimes find their roots. Rita found hers in Bali where she spent eight years. Starting as a boarder with a prince, she eventually became a part of the family. I instantly knew I wanted to cook something Indonesian. I picked Nasi Goreng, the Indonesian fried rice.



There are as many recipes for Nasi Goreng as there are cooks. Some use tomatoes, others tamarind.…

Mystery Fruit

This only happened a few times every year, just when the rainy season kicked in. A street hawker will come by, straw basket on head. He will yell "kaul chapni" and I will run out to buy a bundle of these. Stuck together like flowers, they looked like a bouquet. Every hole contains a little fruit. You break out the package, peel the tiny fruit that pops out and eat it. Done slowly, it can take you an hour to eat an head. Or did, when I was about 12 years old.

That was the last time I saw this fruit. I've never seen it again, didn't even know what it was called or where it came from. Three weeks back, Vikram Doctor wrote about a store in Khar that sells Sindhi foods. He described this fruit and I knew it came from my vivid childhood memories. And finally, I knew we were talking about lotus fruit.

Now talk about coincidences. Last weekend, I was passing by a lane in Bandra and for the first time in many, many years I saw the straw basket filled with my mytery fruit. It…

Announcing AWED : Britain

Before I ate my first Italian wood fired pizza, before I went to that swanky Japanese sushi bar for the first time, or the neighborhood Chinese joint, the first non-Indian cuisine I encountered was British. Not real food, mind you, but the tempting, oh so delicious descriptions in my favorite novels. From Enid Blyton to Jane Austen to P.G. Wodehouse, every favorite character in every favorite novel seems to have food on their mind.

Yes, British food gets ridiculed a lot. But forget their main course dishes for now, and think of the full English breakfast and the elegant afternoon teas. Then try imagining the world without cucumber sandwiches or potato chips and you will realize you can't do without British food.

Which is why when I saw that DK was looking for hosts for her monthly event AWED (A Worldly Epicurean's Delight) and there has never been a British AWED, I promptly signed up.



The rules are simple really:

Make any vegetarian or vegan British dish (eggs are allowed in A…