Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Lemon rice/Chitranna

Preparing rice:
1.Wash rice changing water until the water appears clear.
Soak the rice for 15minutes before cooking.
2.Boil the water in a pan when it comes to boil,reduce the heat to medium, add soaked rice and allow to cook until rice is tender and most of the water is evaporated,now reduce the heat to low,cover the lid and allow to fluff up for 5-6minutes. When you remove the lid steam will come and rice looks fluffier.Now keep it aside to cool.
Microwave Method:
In microwavable bowl add soaked rice and four glasses of water and keep in microwave for 20 minutes or until it is done.
For lemon rice
2 tbsp-vegetable or sunflower+ oil extra oil for mixing
1/2 tsp- cumin seeds
1/2 tsp- mustard seeds
1/2 tsp- turmeric
2 -dried whole red chili(break them into 2 pieces)
1- green chili sliced in four long way
12 to 15 fresh curry leaves
1 tbsp- channa dal/bengal gram
1tbsp-urad dal/blackgram
1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts(store bought)
1/4cup-fresh coconut,grated
1 salt to taste
Lemon juice according to taste
Fresh coriander chopped
1.Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat,add mustard and cumin and allow them to splutter,now add both dals,make sure to keep an eye on the flame other wise it will burn the tempering,after the dals become lightly brown add green chillies,red chillies,curry leaves and turmeric and saute for 1minute,mix well and add salt and take out of the flame and keep aside to cool for 5 -10minutes.
For mixing:
Take a wide bowl and add all the rice,break the lumps very gently with wooden spatula(clean hand is better),now add the cooled tempering,chopped coriander,lemon juice,and 1 or 2tbsp of oil,roasted peanuts,grated fresh coconut on top of the rice.mix gently with wooden spatula ,making sure not to break the rice.If you find salt is less you can add and mix it along with other ingredients.Before serving garnish with fresh coriander,fresh grated coconut and fried peanuts and enjoy with pickles and
curd rice.

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