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Quick Lime Rice in South Indian Style
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Quick Lime Rice in South Indian Style

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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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    My favourite, specially in late breakfast or lunch. Great taste and light on stomach.
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks! Will keep that in mind :)
  2. Sheila Ray
    Voted - wow, Akanksha, this sounds tasty. I have to admit, I've never heard of gram! Is it a spice?
    1. Akanksha
      Hey Sheila..these are lentils..bengal gram is like chikpea, little smaller in size and black in gram is called 'urad daal' in Hindi. it is yellow from inside with a black outer covering (used both with and without it) Thanks for the vote. My next post would be about vegan protein sources..which would surely interest you :)
      1. Sheila Ray
        Very interesting. I wonder if I can find it around here. Lentils are very close to having a whole protein source, but they are missing some. The combination of some dried beans and rice give a whole protein though! :)
  3. dianabart
    Awesome post.. sound delicious.. will have to try. Voted and shared! :)
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Diana!
  4. SnakeWitch
    i love this type of recipe. Rice just goes with anything, doesn't it? I voted for you. Would you like to view and vote for my articles 'Their Home Counts, Too' and 'A Little Shameless Self-Promotion'? Keep up the good work!
    1. Akanksha
      Thank you so much SnakeWitch. I would surely like to read your blogs and vote for them.
  5. Roopam
    I love lemon rice...specially during summers...light and yummy:) #10
  6. Carolyn
    Vote #11 Akanksha! Glad to see you on The Flaming Vegan! I have not heard from you in a while. Hope all is going well friend! I have not heard of Bengal gram or black gram. I will admit to using Mahatma Preseasoned Yellow Saffron Rice a good deal at home. My family loves it. Thanks for the new recipe! Where would you buy gram in the U.S.? I read your answer above to Sheila concerning an explanation of gram.
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Carolyn. You can surely find them in Indian stores but you can use the recipe without them. Or you can try adding other pulses or boiled beans to the recipe. Don't miss the curry leaves because they add flavor.
      1. Carolyn
        Thanks for the info Akanksha! Congrats for making Top Posts!
  7. BuddhasDelight
    thank you, this sounds wonderful. i am obsessively in love with indian cuisine and culture. can't wait to visit local indian grocery to buy some fresh curry leaves et all! :) cheers and congrats on top post!
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks for reading. I am glad to realize that the world is waking up to the old Indian styles of cooking and also realizing the importance of non-meat diet. I would love to share more recipes here.
      1. Akanksha
        You can also buy a pack of sun-dried curry leaves to keep for longer duration.
  8. bhcanuck
    This looks like a beautiful rice dish! I could literally live on rice I like it that much. As well, turmeric is so good for you. Voted! Please check out my Carrot Cake Muffin post and vote!
  9. Caroline Jones
    Caroline Jones
    Sounds yummy! Light on the chilies for me though. I wish I could tolerate more spiciness - then a whole world of new tastes would open up for me. Voted and pinned!
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Caroline. If you are referring to red chillies, it is good not to consume too much of it because it causes restlessness. As far as other Indian spices are concerned, they all have their own try them out!


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