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Comfort Food: Turmeric Lemon Rice

Aug 19, 2016








    2.5 to 3 cups cooked or steamed basmati rice
    1.5 to 2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tsp mustard seeds
    1 tsp urad dal
    1 green chill
    2 dry red chilies
    12-15 curry leaves/kadi patta
    A pinch of asafoetida
    ½ tsp turmeric powder
    1 tbsp cashews
    ¼ cup peanuts
    2 to 3 tbsp sesame oil
    Rock salt as required


A cozy lunch idea for all those lasy rainy days, when all you really want to do is cuddle up under a blanket an enjoy a hot meal.


1. Cook the rice, fluff and keep aside or let the rice or other cooked grains you plan to use, come to room temp.

2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and let them start to pop. i usually

3. check the oil by adding 2-3 seeds. If they start to sizzle immediately or pop, the oil is ready.

4. Add curry leaves and wait for a few seconds. Add turmeric and red pepper flakes and mix in. Reduce heat to     medium low. At this point you can add roasted nuts(cashews or peanuts) or peas or both and mix in.

5. Add a splash of water to reduce the temperature of the pan. then add the lemon juice.

6. Add in the rice and mix in well. Add salt if the cooked rice was not salted. Cook for 2 mins. Taste and adjust salt and lemon. Cover and take off heat. Let it sit for 2 mins before serving. Garnish with coriander.

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