Lemon rice is a fried rice with lemon juice. This fried rice is the authentic recipe of south India. Rice is the staple food of south india and variety of rice recipes are made in this region. Southindian rice recipes are always in demand in all parts of India . When i come to Delhi i saw many of my northindian friends love southindian recipes and they specially go out to eat it . Lemon rice is called as nimbu chawal in hindi .This recipe has very refreshing taste because of fresh lemon juice.
I generally make lemon rice with leftover rice or I make rice 6-7 hours before I prepare this recipe ,the basic reason for cooking this rice before is each strands of rice gets separated after 6-7 hours ,the stickiness also disappears and while preparing lemon rice we should add lemon juice in rice when it’s cold . In lemon rice the rice particles should be soft and at the same time it should be separate. Lemon juice and Asafoetida (hing) gives very nice flavor to this rice recipe .
- 4 cups leftover rice (or rice cooked before 6 -7 hours)
- ¾ cup lemon juice
- Salt for taste
- 3 teaspoon sugar
- 15 -20 curry leaves
- 3 -4 green chillies or red chillies
- 1 tablespoon dry coconut pieces
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoon urad dal
- 2 teaspoon chana dal
- ½ teaspoon asasfoetida
- 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger (optional, in winters i add ginger in lemon rice)
- 20-30 roasted peanuts
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Gently separate strands of cooked / leftover rice in a mixing bowl with your fingers and add lemon juice , salt and sugar in it and mix it nicely .
- Heat oil in a pan and add asasfoetida and mustard seeds in it when the seeds starts crackling add urad dal , chana dal to it and roast it until it it turns light brown. Now add dry coconut pieces & ginger pieces to it, when coconut starts turning light brown add green or red chili pieces roast it for 2 -3 seconds . your tempering is ready for lemon rice
- Add this tempering in rice and mix it nicely. Your lemon rice is ready to serve
- Cook rice at least 6- 7 hours before or use leftover rice to cook lemon rice.
- If your using leftover rice use it if its cooked 7- 8 hours before, not more than that and after making lemon rice from it serve it immediately. As we are not reheating the rice . the reason behind this is rice gets spoiled after that . if you want to use leftover rice after more than 7- 8 hours refrigerate it and make Chinese fried rice or Fried rice with onion garlic flavor
- If your cooking rice for lemon rice purpose add 1 teaspoon oil and salt while cooking rice.
- Add lemon juice when the rice is normal at room temperature don’t add lemon juice in hot rice it makes the rice slightly bitter in taste