Lemon Rice with Onion Pepper Rasam

Serving Indian combo meals is fairly simple, the carbs are usually the base and the proteins form the taste lifters. Like chapati and rice are staple carbs, which are meant to be polished off with a veggie or dal respectively. Having said that, our carbs are also sometimes a meal on their own when mixed with the right ingredients.

Down south , rice forms the major carb component so it is only natural to have plenty of varieties out there. I picked the simplest and purest of them all

Lemon Rice and Rasam.

1 cup basmati rice
1 tspn split black lentil (soaked in water)
1 tspn split bengal gram (soaked in water)
1 dried red chilli
1 tspn turmeric powder
2 tbsp lemon rice
For tempering
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 pinch of asafoetida
1 sprig of curry leaves

Oil - about 2 tbsp
salt to taste

1) Cook the rice as per your regular method, a bit undercooked - 90% done
2) Drain any excess water and let it cool down, fluff it up
3) In a large wok, add some oil and let it be hot,
4) Add the mustard seeds and let it crackle.
5) Add the asafoetida, curry leaves and red chilli
6) Now add the gram and lentils, drained from water.
7) Add the turmeric powder and lower the flame to avoid it from burning.
8) Now mix in the rice and gently blend it with the spices
9) Add the lemon juice and mix it well

Serve with rasam or sambhar and some appalam.

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Lemon rice looks so tempting.
Kalyani said…
thats truly a comforting food for us rice eaters.. I love lemon rice anyday :)
Priya Suresh said…
My god, lipsmacking lemon rice and pepper rasam, wat a comforting food.. I can finish my lunch happily with this combo.
preeti garg said…
Lovely color and healthy recipe for everyone, love this combo

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Usha said…
Interesting combo. Though I would eat lemon rice without any side dish.. :)
wow..what an amazing combo Pradnya !..takes me back to Chennai..aw...The BM meet !you really hit it dear :))
Sneha's Recipe said…
I love rasam, feeling hungry looking at the presentation.
Srivalli said…
Nice pictures..Lemon rice looks so bright and inviting..though personally never served these together..
Srividhya said…
Awesome dishes looks perfect. I agree with Srivalli. Love them separately but never served together.
Sandhiya said…
Never knew that lemon rice being served with rasam..Interesting..Will try this combo soon..
Gayathri Kumar said…
This combo is new to me. But I can have lemon rice and rasam at any time of the day. Looks so yum..
Harini R said…
Interesting combo. As Valli mentioned, I have also never served them together but part of an elaborate meal, yes!
Pavani said…
Such a comforting and classic combo.
Archana said…
Pradnya this is the favourite of the girls.
Suma Gandlur said…
As a south Indian, both dishes are my favorite. As you mentioned, the dishes are so mundane to a south Indian that it never occurred to me that they can be paired as a combo. My MIL lemon rice was always accompanied by a potato curry though my mother never made that combo.
Chef Mireille said…
lemon rice must be such a nice bright contrast with the rasam

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