While I cooked I was mesmerized by the aroma of curry leaves fried in oil with the lentils ….hmmm… infused with a tangy burst of fresh yellow lemons…..OOOOH...I was already ready for my quick fix feast….
I served steamy lemon rice with some boondi raita and potato wafers-a perfect combo for a perfect quick fix lunch on Sunday afternoons.
Urad Dal-1 Tsp
Chana Dal-I tbsp.
Green chilli-3to 4
Roasted peanuts-1/4 cup
Lemon Juice-3tbsp or more
Cooked rice-2 cups(boil 1 cup rice with 13/4 th cup of water)
Salt to taste
Heat oil in apan..When oil is hot add mustard seeds.After they splutter add red chilli, urad dal,chana dal,curryleaves and asafoetida.Reduce flame. Add green chilli .Then add peanuts.Fry till urad dal and chana dal turns brown in low flame.Add turmeric and salt .Add rice and sprinkle lemon juice over it..Mix well.Serve hot with potatoes crisps or wafers or a bowl of bundi raita.
You can also mix 1 tbsp grated coconut in the above.
Some recipes use Sesame oil instead of sunflower or vegitable oil.Spread this rice on a plate to cool. Add turmeric along with 1 tsp of sesame oil (or more if you like) and mix it along with the rice.
You can also garnish with cashewnuts and coriander leaves.
You can also add lemon juice to the tempering and refrigerate it.Take out 3 tbsp of this,heat it and add to rice when you fell like making lemon rice.