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Lemon Rice | Elumichai Saadam

Lemon Rice/Elumichai Saadham is a specialty of South Indian cuisine with the tanginess of lemon and nutty peanuts. It can be prepared quickly and is ideal dish for lunchbox and travel.


Raw rice - 1 cup
Roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Green chillies - 1, finely chopped
Grated ginger - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Small lemon - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal/Bengal gram dal - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 2, halved
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, finely chopped


1. Cook the rice and keep aside. The rice should not be overcooked or mushy. After the rice is cooked, spread it and allow it to cool.

2. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add urad dal, channa dal and red chillies. Fry till the dals change color.

3. Next add the peanuts, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Add turmeric powder and asafoetida and fry for few seconds.

4. Now add the rice, salt and keep stirring for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Add the lemon juice, coriander leaves and mix well.

5. Set aside for 15-20 minutes for the rice to absorb the flavors and tanginess of lemon.

Serve with appalam/papad and any vegetable stir-fry of your choice.


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