Dec 15, 2008

Lemon/lime rice - Tamilnadu's popular rice variety

Lemon rice or Elumicham Sadam is a popular rice variety in tamil nadu and is a perfect comfort food. Its very easy and quick to make and can be very easily carried in tiffin box for your lunch.
I have come across two versions of the preperation of this rice variety. Though I use the first version more.
      Now I have updated the post with a third version of making it when you are in a hurry.
Rice- 1cup (you can use any raw rice or basmati also works well here.)
Mustard- 1tsp
Udid dal- 1tsp
Channa dal- 1tsp
Dried red chillies- 3-4
Curry leaves- 1stem
Groundnuts- 3/4 cup
Asafoetida- a pinch
Juice of one lemon
Sesame oil- 1tsp
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Version 1
Cook the rice till it is soft and grains are seperate.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard, udid dal,channa dal,dried red chillies,asafoetida and then add curry leaves and groundnuts. Mix well.
Add the turmeric powder and salt.
Then add the cooked rice. Stir and mix well.
Switch off the flame.
Squeeze out the juice of the lime into the rice.
Mix well.
Cook the rice.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, udid dal ,channa dal, asafoetida ,dried red chillies ,groundnuts and curry leaves.
Add the cooked rice and mix well with seasoning.
In a small vessel squeeze out the lime juice. Add tumeric powder and salt to it and heat it for few seconds. (don't heat for too long , otherwise it will turn bitter).
Add this to the rice. Mix well.
Updated- Version 3
 This is my own version which I do nowadays when I am in a real hurry!!!
Wash the rice well. Drain the water. Keep it aside.
Heat a pressure cooker pan.
Add mustard seeds, udid dal, channa dal dried red chillies and peanuts.
Add the curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
Add turmeric powder and salt.
Add the soaked rice.
Mix everything well together.
Close the lid along with the whistle.
Cook till the rice is soft and the grains are seperate.
When it depressurises, open the lid.
Mix with a spoon or just fluff it up with a fork.
Squeeze the lemon juice.
Mix well.
Serve immediately with fried papads or onion tomato chutney or potato curry is the best combo with lemon rice.


Neha said...

its really a perfect comfort food. I always make 1st version only, never knew abt 2nd, 'll try next time..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yes, this is a perfect comfort food anytime. looks very inviting.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow makes me drool. I can have this at anytime of the day. Simply superb recipe.

notyet100 said...

all time favourite...;-)

Cham said...

I make the 1 rst version my mom makes the 2 nd one, either way the food is confort!


I am a die hard fan of lemon rice sowmya,U tempted me to make it today:)

DEESHA said...

comfort food .. 2nd version is new to me .. looks yumm

Uj said...

Love Lime rice..looks yummy:)

Happy cook said...

I love these . Looks yumm and beautiful olour

Divya Kudua said...

Yummy lime rice Sow..I make it as a best way to use up leftover rice..I follow the first version too..;-)

SriLekha said...

its easy to prepare and tasty one!

Vij said...

Simple n yummy post. I love egg curry with lemon curry. urs looks so nice sowmya!

Valarmathi said...

Adding groundnuts to lemon rice should have given more taste. Very good lunch box recipe.

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. nice colour... looks perfect..

Pearlsofeast said...

lovely one Sowmya.I also love it.

Alka said...

Loved the recipe...i had heard a lot abt love of SOUTHINDIANS for this tangy rice ,but never made this myself.Now i will surely like to give it a try and i guess i would prefer it piping hot,coz i love rice steaming hot ;-)

Laavanya said...

This and a dry potato curry - yummy! It's been so long since i made this.

Usha said...

Lemon rice is the perfect comfort food,love it....looks very inviting!

Priya said...

Comfort food, love them anytime, my fav rice dish..

Kalai said...

First version is the one I've seen. Love lemon rice anytime!! :)

Vaidehi said...

I love lime rice..good option to use Leftover rice...

Uma said...

mmm. I can smell the aroma of lemon rice right from the picture. Looks so delicious and mouth-watering Sowmya!

Purva Desai said...

This is the ultimate comfort food, looks delicious

Purva Desai said...

This is the ultimate comfort food, looks delicious

yasmeen said...

I feel the same about the lemon rice,its the perfect comfort food:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Prefect lemon yellow color. Looks so good. Nice recipe. YUM!

anudivya said...

As you said, it is the perfect comfort food... and traditional too

Andhra Flavors said...

easy to cook and comfort to eat.

Geri said...

My husband loves rice, and there are just not enough ways you can prepare it. Thanks for the recipe!

Geri said...

My husband loves rice, and there are just not enough ways to prepare it. Thanks for the recipe, I'm sure he'll love it.

PG said...

a very tempting one! yummy!

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