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Friday, June 22, 2012

Lemon Rice/ Elumichai Saadham

At every south Indian home, Lemon Rice is a very familiar dish. There are some people who like the dish and some people don't like it at all. I fall in the first category. When I was in college, Mom used to pack this for lunch and I will finish the whole box without leaving anything.You may think just a Lemon Rice, what is special about it? I really love the attractive color of the rice, its tangy flavor and the most beautiful thing in the rice is how the onions turn pink and translucent in it. And also since I started cooking,I make it almost once every week since it is very easy to make and also can be made quickly. Also it is great for packing food for picnics and even lunch boxes. 

What are the ingredients needed??

Rice, 4 cups
Lemon Juice - 1/4 cup
Oil- 1 Tbs
mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp
Channa dhal, 1 Tbs
Roasted peanuts(unsalted), 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida, a pinch
Onion ( chopped), 1/3 cup
Red chillies, 2- 3 nos
Ginger - 2" (grated)
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Cilantro, for garnishing
Salt, to taste

How it is made?
  1. In a skillet, heat oil add mustard seeds. Once they sputter, add channa dhal, peanuts and roast them till they turn golden brown.
  2. Then add onions, red chillies, curry leaves, grated ginger and also a pinch of asafoetida and saute till the oni
  3. ons turn translucent. 
  4. Then add turmeric powder and mix well. Finally add the lemon juice and salt and switch off the stove.
  5. Now add rice and mix well. 
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve.


  1. Looks tempting and so yum...feel like picking that spoon n eatg..:)

  2. Onions in lemon is new to me.. Looks good though.. B&W picture looks great!

  3. I love to eat Variety rice..One of my Favorite..Nice clicks.

  4. As you rightly said..it's yummy and easy to make..above all it is delicious !

  5. i too fall in first category :) i love to have it with potato poriyal.. my grandma prepares it well..

  6. Hi Divya GCP,

    As PT said , i too love lemon rice with potato:)

    Looks delicious!!!

    Onion in lemon rice is new to me Divya:)

  7. I absolutely love lemon rice and this looks so gooooood!

  8. My fav...and even my mom used to pack this for lunch during my school days n college days along with egg omlette n potato fry..your lemon rice made me very nostalgic:)

  9. very comforting and yummy rice preparation.

  10. I can survive for many days with this rice,my all time fav.

  11. simple and delicious.loved the addition of peanuts in rice preparation

  12. One of those meals that you can rustle up in a jiffy, but yet have to be careful with the addition of lime. I have made quite a mess of this at times!

  13. Colourful and delicious rice.

  14. This looks delicious! I like the way you have used onions here.

  15. First time seeing onions in lemon rice ,will try it soon


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