Friday, July 18, 2008

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.

10 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!