|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 33g||42%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 105g||38%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||21%|
|Total Sugars 46g|
|Vitamin C 145mg||727%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Lemon rice is one of the most common dishes from South India, where it also goes by the name chitranna. It's usually eaten alone or with raita, yogurt, chutney, or kosambari (a type of salad). It's not uncommon for people to pack this rice with them while traveling as it transports well.
This dish gains flavor from using whole seeds that you grind yourself in order to release their oils. You might be tempted to skip that step, but it's important. You can easily throw together this rice dish if you are in a hurry, as it can be made with leftover rice. Add some poppadoms on the side for a simple yet tasty meal. You can serve this with curries, fish, and chicken. This rice would also be delicious as a side to add something flavorful alongside a lemon and garlic roasted chicken.
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1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 tablespoons vegetable, canola, or sunflower cooking oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
3 to 4 curry leaves
2 green chiles, slit lengthwise
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, grated
1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1 teaspoon turmeric
Juice of 2 lemons
2 cups cooked basmati rice, or leftover rice
Salt, to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Gently roast and then coarsely grind the coriander seeds into powder. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chiles. Fry the mixture until the splattering stops.
Add the ginger and peanuts. Fry the mixture for another minute.
Add the turmeric powder and turn off the burner.
Add the lemon juice and mix well.
Add the rice, roasted coriander powder, and salt to taste and mix thoroughly. Enjoy.
How to Store and Freeze Rice
Store leftover lemon rice in an airtight container for up to three days. You can also store the rice in the freezer in a sealed zip-close freezer bag for up to six months. Simply thaw the rice in the refrigerator or use the microwave. You can also cook it from frozen if you toss it into a curry or other dish with other ingredients as they're cooking.