Lemon Rice Recipe

” When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade rather make lemon rice” – Deepika

Learn this quick and easy lemon rice recipe that has a punchy, zesty flavor. I love to eat it with pickle or yogurt. A secret tip to make this lemon rice is to make sure you use fresh lemons and add enough mustard seeds.

Ingredients –

  1. A big Smile
  2. 1 cup cooked rice or leftover rice
  3. 1 tsp mustard seeds, oil
  4. 10-12 curry leaves
  5. 1/2 cup peanuts roasted
  6. 1/2 cup chana dal and urad dal roasted (optional)
  7. 1/2 inch piece ginger roasted
  8. Spices – turmeric, asafoetida, salt (as per your taste)
  9. Juice of 2 lemons (as per your taste)
  10. 1-2 green chilies

Follow the below steps

  1. Heat oil on the pan, add urad dal, chana dal , peanuts (you can roast dal prior, i like to roast them together). After 1-2 mins, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, asafoetida and salt.
  2. Add cooked rice or leftover rice and mix everything well.
  3. Turn off the stove and let it cool for a min or so, and then add the lemon juice.

Before you eat, you can say “Anna Daata Sukhi Bhava” in your mind. This small prayer means that all the people who were responsible for this meal be happy. i.e. the person who cooked, who got the groceries, the farmer, etc.

Pesarattu Dosa Recipe

Another variation of Dosa, ie healthy, vegan, gluten-free, yummy and nutritious.

Ingredients needed –

  1. A big Smile
  2. 2 cups green moong beans and white rice soaked overnight (For 2 cups of moong dal add 1/4 cup of rice so very minimal.
  3. 1/2 inch Ginger ch, green chilies, salt as required, 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

Follow the below steps –

  1. Soak the moong beans and rice overnight in enough water
  2. Add ginger, green chilies, coriander, salt, chaat masala and grind them all in a grinder jar. Consistency should be like dosa batter.
  3. On a flat pan or griddle, spread little ghee or oil, pour the dosa batter with a spatula.
  4. Flip and cook both sides until it is crisp. (You can also add onions, tomatoes and make it like pesarattu uttapam)

Sandwich Dhokla (Khaman) Recipe

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Dhokla is a Gujarati word whereas in Rajasthan we call it Khaman.

Let’s talk business, i know you are hungry and you want to eat.

So here we go,

Things needed –

  1. A big smile
  2. Rice and urad dal batter (same one used for idli)
  3. Coriander chutney or any chutney that you would like
  4. Olive oil
  5. I used idli stand to make dhoklas
  6. Tempering – mustard seeds, sesame seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, green chillies

Follow the below steps –

  1. Take around 2 cups of rice and urad dal and soak it overnight or for 7-8 hours. Grind it next morning to make a smooth paste like idli batter consistency. Add water if required.
  2. Grease the plate nicely with oil especially the corners.
  3. Now, spread the batter on greased plate approximately one cm, this will semi cook the first layer and it will be easy to apply the chutney. Steam it for 4-5 mins (i kept checking every minute but this is not recommended)
  4. After the first layer is semi cooked, apply a layer of chutney (i used coriander chutney) evenly on dhokla.  Then pour the final layer of batter on top of chutney and spread it evenly.
  5. Cook the dhokla for 8 to 10 minutes. (i will recommend to check once after half time)

For tempering –

  1. In a tempering pan or a smaller pan take some oil (good quantity), add mustard seeds, sesame seeds, curry leaves, green chilies, salt, asafoetida (hing) and pour it on the dhokla
  2. Cut the dhokla in any shape you want and garnish with coriander.

Feel free to share your thoughts.