30 Sep 2016
South Indian flavours are my all time favorite. That's why I often used to prepare South Indian delicacies at my home and everyone loves it a lot. Today I was not in mood of cooking but some thing must be needed for our dinner. Then idea strikes to make lemon rice as I had lots of cooked rice from lunch and these will be perfect for preparing lemon rice in no time. As everyone have their own way of preparing the same dish, so here is mine version of lemon rice which never let me down in flavours. I can relish on these lemonish beauty any time.
Recipe is given below, hope you all will love to try it.
Time: 10-15 mins
3- 4 cups cooked rice
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafetida ( heeng)
1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tbsp urad dal
1/4 cup peanuts ( optional)
2-3 springs curry leaves
3-4 dry red chilies
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder ( completely optional, I added to spice up)
1-2 tbsp lemon juice ( adjust as per taste)
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a wok, add asafetida and mustard seeds. Let it crackle then add peanuts and fry for 2-3 mins. Then add Chana dal and fry till light golden . Add urad dal and saute for few seconds, till light golden. Now add both chilies and curry leaves. Saute for a minute then add turmeric powder. Just stir for a second and lemon juice followed by rice, black pepper and salt. Mix everything well and saute for 2-3 minutes to incorporate all the flavours in rice. Serve hot with any raita or as it is. It needs nothing to accompany as is full of aroma and flavour.
** Always try to add pre cooked rice , cooked atleast 3-4 hrs earlier. This will give nice fluffy rice.
* Don't add both dal together to fry as urad dal burns quickly. So follow the steps religiously.
* After adding lemon juice, immediately add rice as cooking of lemon juice may turn it little bitter.
* Adjust chilies and lemon juice as per taste.
Enjoy this super easy rice dish and satisfy your hunger in a yummy way. This will be best for lunch, dinner, breakfast or even for tiffin too.
Do try this simplest recipe and let me know your experience. Please pour your valuable comments and suggestions here, they meant a lot.
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4 cup all purpose flour / whole wheat flour/ chapatti flour
1 tsp active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
1/2 tsp thyme leaves(optional)
1/2 tsp rosemary leaves ( optional)
2 -3 tbsp oil
1 cup warm water to knead dough ( I used drained water from biryani rice)
Add sugar in warm water and then mix yeast in it and let it rest for 10-15 mins or till it become frothy.
Add salt, garlic powder or garlic, oregano, thyme , rosemary leaves and oil in flour and knead with yeast and warm water till it become soft, shiny and nonsticky dough.
It may seem very sticky at the beginning but will become manageable after 6-7 mins of kneading.
It will take 8 to 10 mins or even more ,to get perfect dough . apply some oil on it and cover with damp cloth, let it rest for 2 -3 hrs in a warm place like in closed microwave/oven or till it doubles it volume.
Now punch the dough, again knead for 4-5 mins and cut in four equal parts.
Till then mix all the filling ingredients together . Keep aside for later use.
**** While making one bread , keep rest of dough covered.