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Veggie lemon rice


This post is dedicated to my friend, Swati, who likes this rice a lot. I am hoping now she’ll be able to make it easily using this recipe.

Lemon rice is a very easy-peasy rice recipe. With the addition of veggies you can enhance its nutritional value as well as flavor.

So, without any more intro, let’s get started …

-: You’ll need :-

– 2 cups rice – 3/4 cup finely chopped veggies (I added onion + broccoli + carrots + red, yellow & green peppers). For now keep all of these separate, do not mix. – 2 tsp lemon juice (add more if you want the dish to be tart) – 1 tbsp peanuts (optional) – 2 cups water or vegetable stock – finely chopped green chillies to taste. I added about 3 medium ones. If you prefer more hot food, you can add one more – Salt to taste

For tadka

– 2 tsp oil – 1/2 tsp each mustard seeds, split gram (chana daal), split black gram without skin (actually looks white!) – a pinch each of turmeric and asafoetida powder – 4-5 curry leaves (optional, but they add wonderful aroma and flavor, so highly recommended!)

-: Preparation :-

1. Cook rice with water/stock, salt and lemon juice. Set aside. 2. In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil and then add all other items collected for tadka. 3. Wait till the mustard seeds splutter and add peanuts. Roast for about a minute or till then turn golden. 4. Add onions and sauté till they turn translucent. 5. Add rest of the veggies one by one and sauté for a couple mins. Sprinkle some salt, cover and cook till almost tender. 6. Add cooked rice to this and mix well.

Serve hot with pickle / chips / papad.


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