What do you do when your maleficent oops I mean significant other says “ohhhh you know what Dharmendar’s wife Hema cooks such delicious lemon rice..😋💦(drool drool) he brought some for lunch at work today..she is tooooo good…such a fabulous cook”. The thoughts that run through my head that very moment is as follows:
a) say “well go marry her then!!!”💍
b) whack him on the head with my iphone!!! (only item that’s almost always with me) 📱
c) douse him in lemon then shower him with rice and force feed him till he literally bursts!!💥
d) I pack my bags and run away with Dharmendar!
e) all of the above!
Well since they’re all just humorous animated thoughts in my head 🤔 I thought best to play it safe and try my hand at cooking it instead.
My first attempt was a pass..thanks to Vah Re Vah chef Sanjay Thumma’s recipe. The method and quantities of the ingredients in this recipe were slightly improvised by me.
* Warning to husbands – remember no one cooks better than your wives..well at least don’t say it in front of them!!!😤😡😂
3 Cups Cooked Basmati Chawal/ Rice
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1 Tspn Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1 Tspn Sarso/Mustard Seeds
10-12 Curry Leaves
1/4 Cup Chana Dhal/ Chickpea Lentils
1/4 Cup Peanuts
2-4 Dried Red Chillies
1 Tbspn Ginger Paste
2-4 Green Chillies
Pinch Of Heeng/Asaeofedita
Oil For Cooking
Salt To Taste
• Cook rice and set aside.
• Heat oil in a pan and add heeng then red chillies followed by mustard seeds.
•Allow mustard seeds to crackle then add jeera followed by chana dhal and peanut. Saute until light brown.
• Next add green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Saute until the ginger turns light brown in color then add turmeric and give it a quick stir.
• Finally add the rice and salt and mix well. You may garnish with coriander.
This dish is best served with yoghurt or pickles.