Lemon Rice is a very popular rice dish from South India. It is also known as elumichai sadam is Tamil Nadu which means lemon rice. Thinking of lemons itself is refreshing. You think of lemonades, pickles when you think of lemons but now think of flavored rice with it.
Check out this quick video to make Elumichai sadam:
The blend of lemon and spices with the rice makes this dish absolutely scrumptious. You can simply enjoy Lemon rice with some papad or banana chips. You can also try Coconut rice recipe from my blog.
Lemon Rice Recipe
- Raw Rice - 1 cup (I have used sona masuri raw rice)
- Lemon – 1
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Chana dal/split chickpeas – 1 tbsp
- Urad dal/white lentil – 2 tsp
- Red chillies – 2
- Green chillies - 2 (finely chopped)
- Curry leaves – 1 sprig
- Ginger finely chopped – 1 tbsp
- Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
- Cashew nuts - 10 (broken)
- Raw Peanuts - 15
- salt to taste
- Idhayam Mantra groundnut oil - 2 tbsp
Clean rice in water nicely. Soak it for 15-20 minutes .Drain that water and pressure cook rice with 2 cups of water. Spread the cooked rice in a plate a and set it aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and asafoetida.
When mustard seeds crackle, add chana dal, urad dal, red chilli, cashew nuts, peanuts and roast till it becomes slightly brown.
Add green chilies, ginger and curry leaves, turmeric powder and sauté for a few seconds.
Lower the flame and add cooked rice and salt and mix it well. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Transfer it into a serving bowl and serve.