Tried and tasted by Nivedita
I was in tension and worried as my daughter was not well. Still she is on medicine for a week and doctor told to give her only soft food. I am confused about the menu as doctor has advised her only the soft food.
However, this recipe is not connected with her illness and diet food. But last week, it is prepared for her lunch box.
Here is the recipe,
Cooked rice - 200 gm, Prepare the rice at least half an hour before and let it be cold before adding to the masala.
(Left over rice also tastes good, but I make fresh rice as it has to be packed for lunch)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Peanut - 1 tbsp(Optional, tastes good), I did not add it as my daughter does not like peanuts
Red dry chilly - 2, break into pieces
Lime juice - 2 tbsp or more depends on the lime
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Sugar - 2 tsp
Fresh Coconut grated - 1 tbsp(optional)
(I did not use it as I was short of time)
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp
Heat oil in a kadai. Put mustard seeds and let the seeds splutter. Add Urad dal and fry for 10 seconds or till they change the color to light brown. Do not delay to add curry leaves otherwise dal will get burnt. Be quick to add Coconut(if adding) with Red dry chilly. Fry for half a minute and off the heat. Now add Salt, Turmeric powder and lime juice. Mix it and add cooked rice. Add sugar and fresh coriander. Mix well. Keep it on heat again and cook for a minute on low flame.
Lemon rice is ready to eat with pickle and papad.
It is very good to pack and take while travelling but to be consumed before 4 to 6 hours of preparation as it will get spoiled soon.