Rice is one of the most popular grains consumed in India. While in north India, we usually eat boiled rice with vegetable curry or lentils, there are many more styles used in other parts of the country. I recently learned this recipe from a friend from Tamil Nadu. It is a healthy meal and requires very little and easy to find ingredients.
Ingredients: water, 4 cups rice, turmeric powder, vegetable oil, mustard seeds, Bengal gram, split skinned black gram, curry leaves, green chillies, salt, lemon juice.
Recipe: Boil about 5 cups of water in a pan. Wash rice and add to the boiling water. Now add 1 tsp turmeric powder. Place the lid and let it cook till the rice becomes soft. Stir once in between. Alternatively, you can also steam the rice. Allow it to cool naturally once cooked.
Now take another pan and heat 2-4 spoons of vegetable oil for about 2 minutes. Add mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add few curry leaves and one spoon each of Bengal gram and split skinned black gram to the pan. Also add chopped green chillies as per taste. Fry till golden brown. Now pour this mixture over the boiled rice.
Add salt to about one-third cup of lemon juice, mix and add to the rice. The dish is ready to serve.
You can also add sauted chillies and peanuts to add to the taste of lemon rice.
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