Lemon RiceΒ 

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..πŸ˜‹πŸ’¦(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!!!”πŸ’

b) whack him on the head with my iphone!!! (only item that’s almost always with me) πŸ“±

c) douse him in lemon then shower him with rice and force feed him till he literally bursts!!πŸ’₯

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 πŸ€” 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!!!πŸ˜€πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‚


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


β€’ Cook rice and set aside. 

β€’ Heat oil in a pan and add heeng then red chillies followed by mustard seeds.

β€’Allow mustard seeds to crackle then add jeera followed by chana dhal and peanut. Saute until light brown.

β€’ 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. 

β€’ Finally add the rice and salt and mix well. You may garnish with coriander.

This dish is best served with yoghurt or pickles. 



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