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.

Ingredients:
Basmati rice – 1 cup
Lemon juice – of one lemon
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Ghee- 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Curry leaves – a handful
For Tempering:
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)

Method:
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.

16 comments:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Slurp! Lime rice!... Who will hate it... Looks very good. YUM!. Lovely color...

Jamie said...

Hi Vandana. I was just thinking to myself with it being so hot, that I need to make something that will help cool us down. I think your lime rice is the answer. Anything with lime in it reminds me of summer! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I look forward to exploring yours and all your other blogs!

Happy cook said...

Yumm yumm loks really good.

Suma Rajesh said...

i make lemon rice weekly once...hey next time try adding grated ginger too along with the seasoning......is taste good

Uma said...

lemon rice is really a comfort food. yours look delicious.

Sujatha said...

I am a big fan of comfort foods.. Your lemon rice looks appetizing..

Sandeepa said...

This looks easy and quick, thanks for the recipe

Sia said...

and i thought its easy to work from home:) i guess grass is always greener on other side.
lemon rice with a dollop of fresh curds has to be one of my fav comfort food. the tangy taste of lemon with crunchy lentils and peanut is something i always enjoy.

Indranee Batabyal said...

What a wonderful blog!First time here at your blog and I love this lime rice. I'm sure it will taste divine.Cheers!

Hetal said...

Lime rice,looks yum!!By the way happy belated anniversary.

Madhavi said...

Awesome rice, love this lime rice, thanxxxx for sharing!!!

Sireesha said...

Lemon rice is really comfort and easy food. Urs look delicious and color is lovely.Next time I will try adding grated ginger.Have a great weekend.....

Asha said...

Hope u had a wonderful anniversary celebration!:)

Chitranna is a great equalizer after all the restaurant food. Enjoy!:))

The knife said...

Hi Vandana. thanks for dropping in on my site and glad you liked it. I am back in the cyber world and was going through your site. Great that you give the recipes along with such appetising pictures. Enough to make one run to the kitchen...or feel very hungry. I guess some of us Keralites, bongs, Parsis (my wife's communities), Punjabis are bigger eaters food lovers than most others I guess. Cheers, kalyan

Madhavi said...

Hi Vandana, check my blog something waiting for u!!!

Madhuram said...

Thanks for dropping by Vandana. Belated anniversary wishes too.

I also love lime rice, but have not used basmathi rice for it so far. We usually use ponni raw rice, so this one is an interesting take.