Thursday, April 17, 2008

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is rice is an easy and yummy dish one can have at any time of the day. Most people do love lemon rice. It is easy and stomach filling.

I have used raw rice, coconut and some simple spices.
Lets see some benefits of having lemon in our diet.
Lemon is good for treating throat infections, indigestion, constipation. It is also good for people who suffering from fever, burns, obesity and respiratory disorders. It helps to reduce blood pressure and good for people who suffer from cholera. It is also good for skin care. Lemon helps to strengthen our immune system, cleanses our stomach and good blood purifier. Lemon contains many vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin, Folate and minerals like acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. It contain antioxidant. It helps to prevent diabetes. It is also good for skin, hair and teeth.
No Onion or No garlic is used in this lemon rice recipe and it is easy to prepare. Good for kitty parties, feast or festival days.
Lets see the recipe now :

Things needed

 Raw Rice : 2  Cups (Cooked)
Lemon : 1 ( small )
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Salt : to taste
Green Chilly : 2
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon (Grated)
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander leaves : 4 to 5 sticks
Fresh coconut : 1/2 cup ( grated )
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
urd daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Oil and Ghee : 1 Tablespoon Each

Method :

1. Wash and cook rice and keep it aside. Let it become cool. Wash and remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
2. Wash and cut (slit) green chilly and coriander and curry leaves into small pieces
3. Wash and cut lemon into two halves and squeeze out the extract. (juice from lemon).
4. Keep a pan on the fire and put 1 tablespoon of oil. Add mustard seeds, urid dal.
5. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add green chilly and curry leaves. Fry for a minute.
6. Now add cooked cool rice and a tablespoon of ghee. Mix it well. Add required salt.

7. Add grated coconut and a pinch of turmeric. Mix it slowly and nicely. (Let the flame be low).

8. Put off the fire and add lemon extract (juice) and mix the rice very well.
9. Now shift the ready lemon rice to a serving bowl. Serve with a cup of curd.

Note : 
Raw rice should not be over cooked. While preparing lemon rice the flame should be low. So that , the rice does not get burnt . While mixing also stir slowly . You can add more/less ghee to the dish.
Adding onions and garlic is optional. (I have not used). Adding more/less chilly is optional. Adding coconut is optional.
Time : 10 Minutes + Rice cooking time at least 25 minutes. Total time 35 minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3 

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