Lemon Rice Pilaf……


In India, rice is cooked in many ways, from a side dish to a one pot meal like Biryani, Pulao, fried rice ect…. lemon rice is one of the most commonly made south Indian rice dish & is a favorite with young and old alike .. It is an easy recipe that can be prepared in just a few minutes, with just few ingredients … To make lemon rice try using fresh lemons.

To make Lemon Rice we will need …

Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 -3

3 cups left over steamed rice
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split black lentil
3-5 dried red chillies (or as per taste)
1 tbsp bengal gram (channa dal), presoaked in warm water for 10-15 min.
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts or fried
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp of asafoetida
Few sprigs of curry leaves
1 TBS cooking oil ( I used Sesame oil )
Salt as per taste

1 Make sure your rice is not mushy and the grains are separated. Add 1 tsp turmeric along with 1 tsp of oil to the rice ..
2 Heat a skillet, once hot add remaining oil and when hot, add mustard seeds.When mustard seeds splutter, add the lentils, red chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
3 Now add the rice . Toss well until mixed well. Add peanuts and salt as per taste .
4. Switch the stove off and add the lemon juice ..


My Notes:
1.Any steamed rice can be used , but make sure that the rice is not mushy.
2. Always add the lemon juice after switching the stove off.
You can even add chopped onion to the rice …


khatta Meetha kaddu / Sweet & Sour Pumpkin….

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Khatta mitha kaddu is a red pumpkin based vegetable with a delectable sweet and sour taste. This khatta meetha kaddu is typically paired with fried puris . This is fairly simple Pumpkin chunks cooked with sweet and sour flavors of lemon. chillies, with a hint of sugar .

Serves :1

Ingredients :

1 cup yellow OR Orange pumpkin/kaddu
1/2 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
2 green chilies optional
1/2 tsp black pepper/kali mirch powder
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp sugar or as required
rock salt or salt to taste
1 tsp garam masala . Optional ( i did not use any )

Instructions :

Peel and chop the pumpkin into pieces

Heat the oil in a kadahi / pan and add cumin seeds. When they begin to splutter, add green chillies.

Sauté till lightly coloured and add the pumpkin. Stir-fry on high heat till it looks glossy.

Add salt and black pepper powder and sugar. Mix well.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer till cooked through. Stir 3-4 times.

Now add the lemon juice , cook for 2-3 minutes, and serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander leaves.