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Friday, October 1, 2010

Lemon Rice with Tomato Rasam and few awards....



Years back whenever we traveled by train down South, we were always on the lookout for vendors selling hot lemon rice at non-descript stations. This is how we were introduced to lemon rice in our childhood days. The aroma stayed on like other fond memories of childhood. Very recently we had a relative as a guest from Mysore, who gave a first-hand demonstration of the procedure of preparing this favorite dish of ours. Rather interesting as the relative happens to be my maternal uncle, a resident of Mysore since 50 odd years who speaks fluent Kannad and broken Bengali !!! Nonetheless a master of South Indian cuisine.


Lemon Rice:
Serves: 2-3, Preparation time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:
2 cups Cooked rice (preferably leftover rice)
2 Lemons
3-4 Green chillies
2 tbsp raw Peanuts
1/2 cup Green peas
1 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp Channa dal
1 tsp Turmeric powder (haldi)
2 Dry chillies
2 tsp Ginger (grated)
Handfull of curry leaves
1 tbsp Refind oil + 1tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste


For Garnishing: 
Fresh grated coconut (optional)
Fresh chopped coriander leaves


Method:
Take a large kadhai and heat oil +ghee. Fry channa dal for a minute, then add peanuts and fry them for about a minute. Add asafetida then green chillies. Throw in the curry leaves, dry red chillies and mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts spluttering add green peas and ginger, fry for a minute. Add haldi powder stir fry for seconds and then switch off the flame.





Add little quantity of rice at a time and mix well. The mixing should be done light handedly. Add salt and lemon juice to it and toss well again. Mixing the rice should be done properly so that the spices and color should be evenly spread. Garnish lemon rice with grated coconut (optional) and coriander leaves. Serve warm lemon rice with tomato rasam.


                                                                           


                                    
Rasam:


Serves: 4, Cooking time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:
3-4 Tomatoes (ripe)
1/2 cup Tamarind
10-12 Peppercorns 
7-8 Garlic
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
Few curry leaves
Pinch of sugar
Salt to taste


For Seasoning:
2-3 Garlic (chopped)
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 Dry chillies
Pinch of asafetida 
1tsp Ghee


For Garnishing:
Coriander leaves (chopped)
Curry leaves


Method:
Take 2 1/2 cups of water in a vessel, add tomatoes, tamarind and heat it till the outer skin of tomatoes become soft and comes out. Remove from heat and let it cool down for 5 minutes. 
In a blender make a paste of garlic, cumin seeds, peppercorns, chilli and curry leaves with very little water. Now by using a strainer, take out the juice of tomato and tamarind in a saucepan. Discard the pulp. Mix the above paste in the tomato-tamarind liquid. Add salt to taste.
Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadhai on medium flame, add ingredients for seasoning mentioned above. Once mustard seeds starts spluttering add the tomato-tamarind liquid and cook it for few minutes. Switch off the flame when it is frothy. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fe curry leaves. Hot and spicy tomato rasam is ready to be served with lemon rice.




              Now few awards from my blogger pals .....Soumya has shared Sunshine award with me. I'm truly humbled dear. Thank you so much Soumya.


Happy to receive this participation award from Jay 
                                                                                              

39 comments:

  1. Congrats on the awards dear..well deserved!
    Lemon rice with rasam looks awesome..very authentic..great combo..lovely pictorials n presentation!

    US Masala

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  2. wow what a beautiful visual treat ...its mouth watreing..yummy ..congrats dear for these wonderful awards

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  3. Congratulations on the awards.Lemon rice and tomato rasam look delicious.Beautiful decoration.

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  4. Congrats on your awards dear..wishing you many more..
    Lemon rice and rasam looks absolutely delicious..lovely clicks,so pretty

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  5. Both looks delicious and congrats on your awards.
    Deepa you can get those cookie cutter online, I got it from ebay UK.

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  6. Congrats on your awards Deepa. Lemon rice and rasam looks delicious. Nice presentation too.

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  7. Wowwwwwww... looks soo tempting and beautiful :)

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  8. Congrats on your well deserved awards deepa, and both the dishes are my fav, easy and yummy one...

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  9. Congratulation Deepa. I always feel that the road side vendors often beat the taste of even big restaurants!
    I love the color of your rice plate.It looks well done and sooo fresh with ginger and curry leaves.And the rasam is soo tempting.I was looking for a rasam recipe for long...guess found one :)

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  10. congrats on the award dear ... never added ginger to the lemon rice .. i can just smell the goodness of this rice here ... wonderful click and awesome presentation of tomato rasam

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  11. Congrats Deepa!
    liked both the tangy delicacies!

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  12. One of my favorite variety rice. Looks so good. I'm craving from some tangy food now..

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  13. Congrats on ur award Deepa!!Love d simple lemon rice n d spicy n tangy rasam!!D rasam is ideal on a cold rainy day...

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  14. lovely and tempting lemon rice and delicious mouth watering rasam.

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  15. Congrats Deepa. Lovely presentation and I like both tangy recipes.

    Hamsamalini chandrasekaran
    http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

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  16. Congrats deepa..wishing u may more to come..both lemon rice & rasam are my fav..looks , looks very fabulous!

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  17. Congrats dear on ur awards. Great combo looks really tasty. These are my favorite too..

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  18. lovely steps delicious rice
    love rasam looks delicious
    check out the roundup and award

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  19. Congrats on ur awards...Lemon rice is my fav..urs looks so delicious and with tomato rasam...yummy!!

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  20. Congrats on ur awards Deepa, lemon rice and tomato rasam both are my favourites..droolworthy clicks..

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  21. Congrats dear on ur awards...Great combo looks really yummy and delicious...

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  22. Congrats on the awards..I'm so happy for you :)
    Lemon Rice and Rasam look absolutely delicious..You made me soo hungry !!

    Best Regards
    Sulagna
    http://e-senseofspicenfragrance-sulagna.blogspot.com/

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  23. Congratulations Deepa ! Lemon rice is our fav and I would love some rasam right away..it's cough n cold time for my family

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  24. Hi Deepa!!! Never had lemon rice b4...seriously tempting! No comments on the rasam, it's my all-time fav..so pass me both! hehehe ;)

    Thanks alot for ur continuous visit and comments at love2cook ya. Really appreciated! -^-

    Congratz on the awards...U deserved them well. ;)

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  25. Aha! What a meal! I'd gobble the rice and drink up the rasam!

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  26. that is a pleasant looking rice....rasam combination is simply cool

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  27. wow what a beautiful visual treat ...its mouth watering..yummy ..congrats dear for these wonderful awards

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  28. Deepa prothome congrats boli. Kokhono rasam banayee ni kintu tomar recipe pore bhabchi sheet to esayee gelo, banabo. rice aar rasam delicious dekhte lagche.

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  29. The rice looks delicious...! I am sure it would also go well with Indian curries (I love Indian curries :)!)

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  30. Recipes looks superb n perfect deepa...awesome clicks ...sounds divine...

    Tasty Appetite

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  31. hey Congrats buddy on your awards...lemon rice looks superb..great presentation...rasam looks inviting..!

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  32. Heartiest congratulations to you for all your awards. Keep it up!
    Lemon rice is my favourite. Rasam er shathe lemon rice darun combination. Khub sundor hoyechhe.

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  33. lemon rice and rassam! what a perfect comfort meal. love the first pic.

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  34. lemon rice and rasam looks grt..n congrats on ur awards...keep going on...

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  35. Congratulations Deepa!

    Both lemon rice and the rasam looks so mouthwatering. A delicious n tangy meal.

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  36. Congratulations.

    Both the recipes are my favs

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  37. Rasam looks so nice.. I can have a glass just like that, any time.. Lemon rice is my hubbys fav.. He likes it a lot.. Nice pics

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  38. both the dishes look perfect and gr8 deepa....luved ur rasam presentation !congrats for ur awards...u deserve many more ..

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