Lemon Rice

Rice is something which is loved by many and at the same time is ignored by lot of people.  Personally I am also not that fond of eating rice but noticed that in my surroundings the ratio of people preferring rice is more even my family is fond of it, if my mother fails to cook rice or lentils any day then it becomes a mess for everyone as they feel deprived of food and their hunger remains unsatisfied,  so my mom was like  thank God to nature we have got ‘RICE’,  it releases me from burden of cooking all day long and helps keep my family stay full,  that was the moment we realised that we should celebrate Pongol everyday and thank nature for its great offerings. No festival is state specific or religion specific so why not cook what the tradition speaks. 

Today is the last day of pongol in which mainly yellow rice is prepared and served to all the family members,  so datewithfood as always is ready with a recipe simple and easy to cook. 

Preparation and cooking time :25 min

Serves :3


  • 1/2 cup rice 
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup peanuts 
  • Few curry leaves 
  • Pinch of asofetida 
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds 
  • 2 red chillies spilt onto halves 
  • 1 green chili finely chopped 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Water as required 
  • Oil

Method :

  • Wash and soak rice and cook in a pan full of water until it becomes soft,  drain excess water.(this way all the starch is removed unlike cooking in pressure cooker) 
  • In a pan add oil,  roasted peanuts  green chilli and saute, now add mustard seeds and let them crackle,  add curry leaves, spilt red chillies and asofetida. 
  • Now add cooked rice, salt,  turmeric powder and lemon juice 
  • Mix well and cook for 5 min. 

Serve hot and enjoy the tangy flavour and benefits of lemon as it contains vitamin C beneficial for body. 


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