Sunday, May 25, 2008
Lime rice - a quick and easy formula
It's been a hectic week as usual but exciting with all the awards and our wedding anniversary on last Sunday. Sometimes, when the going gets really busy I sure start looking forward to a break. However, a few days into the break am again craving for work and some activity. Don't know if I am the only one who is going through this phase or there are others too,who face this.
When I started working from home with the laptop being my office it felt great . the idea of not having to commute like the other working ladies was exciting. I decide my schedule for the day. Ya, I do enjoy the benefits of sitting with my daughter a few minutes and watching Television or listening to her stories from school and being generally around which many working mothers miss out on. Don't have to get permission everyday from a boss to take a break and can meet all the requirements at home too. However, at times when there are a pile of assignments to submit, deadlines to meet (like now) and school holidays happen to coincide with my busy schedule it does make me feel guilty.Trying to balance the home and work even from home) is sure difficult. Cooking great dishes and being around for everything and also have all the office work done on time can be really taxing. Wonder how most working moms balance it without the guilt feeling.
Anyway for now don't really know where my thoughts are taking me. I started off with just looking into my posts and realizing that I don't have any rice dishes on my menu yet. So its this lime rice that I thought I would post for today.
I like to make this for picnics with a stir fry chicken,raita and papad. Lime rice is good for taking along while travelling as well(stays fresh for long with the lime). An easy to make recipe that's ready in minutes.
Basmati rice – 1 cup
Lemon juice – of one lemon
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Ghee- 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Curry leaves – a handful
Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
Urad dal -1/2 tsp
Chana dal-1/2 tsp(soaked in water)
Curry leaves- 3 to 4
Dry red chillies – 1 (split into two)
Soak basmati rice for half an hour. Wash and drain. Take a pan and add ghee in it. Add the rice and fry. Add the turmeric powder, lime juice, curry leaves and salt. Cover and cook till done. Temper with all ingredients for tempering. You could even add roasted peanuts. Mix well. Serve with raita and chicken/mutton curry.