BM # 73
Week:2, Day :2
Theme: Flavors of India
For Day 2 under Flavors of India, I have one of the most popular rice for you. Lemon rice is the common name but they are called Nimmakaya Pulihora in Andhra Pradesh. I have posted lemon rice from Andhra for one of the mega marathons but this version is different, hope you enjoy it.
The rice is simple to prepare with a mild flavor of lemon. The peanuts add that special crunch to the rice. There are two things that are my favorite in this rice, peanuts and green chilly. I love to dig both and enjoy them together. The recipe source is again Padma’s blog.
Lemon Rice

Method1 1/2 cups rice

3-4 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 cup peanuts
8-10 cashew nuts
1 tbsp channa dal
4-5 green chilly, chopped finely
Few curry leaves
1/4 tsp asafoetida 
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Cook rice with salt and turmeric powder till done.
( I normally use a rice cooker with double the quantity of water , and the rice is just perfect )
Remove the rice from the cooker and spread in a plate to cool.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds . Let them pop.
Add peanuts and cashew nuts. Fry till pink.
Add chana dal, chopped green chilly, ginger and curry leaves and asafoetida.
Add rice and switch off the flame.
Add more salt and lemon juice.
Cover and keep aside for about 10 minutes and then serve.

Nimmakaya Pulihora / Lemon Rice

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