Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nimmakayi annam (Lemon Rice)

There is this commom misconception that Nimmakayi annam or Lemon rice is the most simple things to prepare on earth. Not really ! Unless you get the right amount of lemon juice and red chillies, it would taste as bad as it could be. I always treat Lemon rice as a dish that needs more care than anything else.

Also, i didnt know that many restuarants use left over rice for preparing this :-(...No way that i would prepare it with left over rice. Its meant to be preapred with fresh ingredients and lots of love.

Ingredients :

Cooked Rice - 2 cups
Lemon juice - As per your taste buds :-)
Red chillies - 4 (slit)
Cummin seeds - 1/4 spoon
Mustard - 1/4 spoon
Urad dal - 1/4 spoon
Chana dal - 1/2 spoon
Cashews - 10 (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves -10
Oil - 2 spoons
Salt - for taste

Method :

Heat an wok and add the oil. Once the oil is hot add the mustard, cummin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves and Red chillies. Once they are slightly brown add the cashews and turmeric powder. Once the cashews turn golden in color add the lime juice and salt and switch off the stove immediately. Add this to the cooked rice and adjust salt. Serve hot with some crispies.

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