22 July 2021

Gobi Mughlai - Roti,Gobi sabji and salad

cauliflower-recipe

Gobi Mughlai is an easy-to-make and yummy to eat, cauliflower recipe North Indian style made with the richness of cashew nuts and other spices that gives an ordinary cauliflower recipe a royal kick to it. This is my own recipe and it happens to be my family favorite, especially, since my little one could eat 2-3 chapathis/rotis without making any fuss happily.I am thankful to God that my little one loves my homemade food (almost) since she was little (Fingerscrossed!). Needless to mention, any parent's delight !!(Touchwood) 

Memories/Flashback to my childhood days

Though my amma is a great cook, I am not a huge fan of any of her cauliflower recipes (Shhh dheere dheere bol koi bol na dey,bol na dey koi ,pol khol na dey  😛). Even while eating out I like only Gobi 65/Gobi Manchurian only.However , I did like a cauliflower recipe, the taste of which still lingers on my palate since decades,a simple aloo-gobi recipe (Potato-Cauliflower fry) I tasted during my schooldays ...

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The first school I went to was Chinmaya Vidhyalaya; white shirt ,brown skirt,brown and white striped belt with Chinmaya mission's emblem imprinted on it (our school uniform).Lots of powder sprinkled on my face by my mother and eyes full of kajal/kohl like a Panda,black bindi stamped on my forehead and on my light brown skin (When I was little I was darker in skin tone than I am now) ,huge school bag full of books,tiffin box,pencil box,geometry box, and a water bottle hung on my shoulder,black shoes,white socks ,a small handkerchief in my hand.

RELATED :GOBI 65 RECIPE

I felt nothing less than a small warrior in making, geared up, all set for a journey, every day to learn something new and acquire skills, preparing to face life boldly and smartly, fighting off any ignorance by the lessons/wisdom gained under the guidance of Guru/teachers/the experts/Masters at school...

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I remember how achcha would drop me at the bus stop, where all my classmates and their parents would be waiting for the school bus as well...The arrival of the school bus which had Chinmaya Vidhyalaya imprinted on it bold and large with a colorful thick stripe,which we all used to call as Blue bus ,Red bus etc...How we hopped on to it , happy to see all our friends, and if someone would be missing/absent that would make my heart sunk a little ..I wanted to see all my friends - seniors, juniors,my classmates, batchmates..All...It made me happy !!😍...It took a while to reach school ,which felt like a long fun drive to school with all my friends..

Like that song , "यूँ ही कट जाएगा सफ़र, साथ चलने से , कि मंज़िल आएगी नज़र, साथ चलने से."...........👭👫😂😉😋

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Once we reached school, we all would split and rush to our respective classes ...I loved my school days!...And how I looked forward to my lunch hours ...Right next to my class was her class,my beloved (sis),cute,short-heighted, lovely girl with curly hairs, twinkling eyes, and the most beautiful dimples I've ever seen in my life,a Mallu/Malayalee like me ,"Vidya" A.K.A Swapna was her sweet name...I had a serious crush on her dimples, lovely smile, and equally to her lunchbox ....We all exchanged our lunch with each other and I always checked her lunch box for her aloo-gobi sabji/her mom's cauliflower stirfry ..

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This Potato-cauliflower stir fry looked very simple and tasted delicious...I used to give her a little and finish most of it all by myself as if I was starving for years...She used to watch me eating it bit by bit with a huge smile and laugh on her face which was ,kinda blur for me (teasing and calling me "Bhukkad" kahi ki 😁)....That aloo-Gobi recipe is the only one I loved so far in my life...Till today,I try to make varieties of cauliflower recipes just to replicate her mom's version and fail every time 😏....Anyways, so far ,this Mughlai cauliflower recipe is hit at my home.

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Health benefits of Cauliflower

For me, this cruciferous vegetable looks nothing less than an edible readymade white flower bouquet decorated with green leaves around loaded with immense health benefits, and no wonder why it is called a superfood.

PIC CREDIT: As mentioned in the picture..

DID YOU KNOW- Fun facts about Cauliflower

As exactly mentioned in https://dpi.wi.gov/

1.Cauliflower is actually a flower that has not fully developed yet.😧

2.Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. It is “cruciferous” because the flowers have four petals and resemble a Greek cross.The leaves of cauliflower are edible but have a stronger taste than the florets.

3.Cauliflower remains white due to protective leaves growing around the head. The leaves shield the head from the sun, preventing the formation of chlorophyll, and keeping the head from turning green. Cauliflower can be found in different color varieties including purple.Green cauliflower is produced when you cross cauliflower with broccoli.

4.China is the world’s leading producer of cauliflower.

As exactly mentioned in http://justfunfacts.com/

5.The wordcauliflower derives from the Italian words, caoli fiori, meaning “cabbage flower”. The ultimate origin of the name is from the Latin words caulis (cabbage) and flōs (flower).

6. It was introduced to India in 1822 by the British.(Credit :Uselessdaily.com )

7. You might think those brown spots on a cauliflower are mold, but they’re actually a sign of a soil deficiency while the plant was growing. Don’t worry – they won’t hurt you or affect the flavor.(Credit:https://easyscienceforkids.com/

8. It’s reactive with certain metals Be extra careful when choosing cookware for cooking cauliflower. The vegetable contains sulfur compounds, which will react with aluminum and iron resulting in a discolored cauliflower.(Credit:chatelaine.com)

9.Peter Glazebrook shot to fame (well, a kind of fame, at least) in 2014 when he set a new Guinness World Record for growing the largest cauliflower ever. It weighed 60 pounds, 9.3 ounces, and was six feet wide measured across the leaves. (Credit:grunge.com)

You are so interesting Cauliflower !!🙇

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After all this interesting info about Cauliflower,here is my interesting recipe for you ...this is how I make cauliflower recipe / gobi Mughlai my ishtyle...

GOBI MUGHLAI/CAULIFLOWER STIR FRY WITH PEAS ,POTATOES AND SPICES

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower,medium size 1 No.

Peas (I used the frozen one) 1 Cup

Potato,medium size ,chopped1 No.

Water 2 Tbsp

FOR GROUND PASTE

Onion,chopped handful

Tomato,chopped handful

Cashewnuts 1 cup

Cumin seeds 1 Tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 Tsp

Red chili powder 2 Tsps

Coriander powder 1 Tsp

Garam Masala 1/4 Tsp

Ginger garlic paste 1 Tsp

Mustard oil 4-5 Tbsp

Salt to taste

Cilantro for garnishing


Preparation method to make cauliflower recipe :

  1. Clean all vegetables.Cut the cauliflower into florets as shown in the video.
  2. Heat a frying pan and add the cauliflower florets,peas,cubed potatoes, and a tbsp of water and cover it with a lid till they become tender on low-medium heat.DON'T OVERCOOK THOUGH or they will turn completely mashed up while cooking but if you like it that way,then it's fine.So,check in between,it shouldn't be too soft but tender to eat.
  3. Once they are tender to eat,remove the lid and let all water dry up completely.Then put off the flame.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a pan,add a tsp of oil,cumin seeds,saute for a second,add the cashew nuts,chopped onions,tomatoes,ginger-garlic, and all spices mentioned above and saute for a few seconds, then cover with a lid until the tomatoes are cooked.Then put off the flame.Let it cool off a bit.Then ground it into a smooth paste in a mixer and keep it aside.
  5. Heat a wide pan or kadai,add oil and the above-ground paste and saute on low flame until the oil appears on the top clearly and then add the cooked cauliflower,peas, and potatoes and GENTLY saute them until all covered.
  6. If you wanna make it more crispy then add more oil and very gently saute until they turn stir-fried to the desired consistency.Add salt to taste.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and that's it my Mughlai Gobi recipe is ready to eat.
  8. Serve it with roti/chapathi like I did in the video or with plain rice and curry.
You can also watch my vlog ,where you can see me making protein-packed roti/chapathi,super healthy sprouted salad and my Gobi Mughlai -the healthy meal combo of the day and also spending some quality time (growing up once again ) with my little one as well :))



Mark Twain said,  "Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." 😮and my recipe says , Cauliflower is nothing but an edible flower with a simple yet royal taste . Try this Cauliflower recipe for a different taste ,you will love it..

Dhal gaya din TUK🎾,ho gayi shyaam TUK🎾,jaane do,Jaana hai (Movie:Humjoli) (This song and dance always made me super jolly) 😆💃 .......Rest in next...👋✋

Take care ,stay blessed and always be happy,

Ciao Amigos,🙏







13 July 2021

A dedication for my parents on their wedding anniversary...Hopefully,easy to digest....

 

Happy anniversary to one of the most romantic and sarcastic old couples whose spiritual union gave birth to the one-of-a-kind creature ME...

Well, it's my parent's wedding anniversary coming up next week. Since I've shared in my blog some personal stuff that is neither acceptable/encouraged by my parents (regardless) nor something I am fond of either. They are probably kinda upset about it. There are spies and informers...😐😏🙊So,this is my way of making it up or balancing it out in my blog as well ;D....

Well, my circumstances kinda forced me to mention some private matters for my justification to the truth because there are some sadist people waiting out there who will fabricate and manipulate what's going in my life without knowing or ignoring any truth and may crucify me personally. There are some cheap people who get pleasure doing so. 


You see, there are reasons people change ,act in a certain manner ,sometimes do something unexpected and pain changes people, being silent won't help for long....

That's why they say , "A pen is mightier than a sword/gun ." A non-violent way that can make a small to wide difference if taken correctly.....


So,I had to speak my truth ,stand my ground and stand up for myself. Now I am only responsible for what I say/write not what others understand though that will totally depend upon their perception. However, I will speak up if I've to for the right reason for sure. And what others come out with a conclusion may not be the truth I am telling or seeking but others' pure judgement.

So, it's been weeks didn't call my parents. In general,I've a bad habit of not calling my near and dear ones that often, people do hate me for that :P (Guilty as charged!)..So, just to make sure that when I will make a call to wish them on their wedding anniversary,everything stays kinda cool over there,this is me buttering up here SINCERELY as a precaution in advance :D...

A feather in my cap in my career (highlights)..parent's right education and hubby's inspiration

Well,I always appreciate the right things done by everyone regardless. So, thanks to paa and maa for giving us lots of wonderful memories to cherish forever, for teaching us to find happiness even in simple things in life, to save what is supposed to be saved,to be appreciating of life and all blessings in life,to be grateful to and count on God regardless,for encouraging us to get our Masters degree in a choice of our interest/good education, reminding us that family is very important, for teaching us that,"Life is a battle, be a warrior." and always keep your head up, feet on the ground, be there for others and get along with everyone...

On my wedding day - The day I felt like a true Kerala woman (sona kitna sona hai ..:P )..Ha!...a തറവാടി/Khandani Indian woman / felt like a royal princess - loaded with almost 1 kilo 24 carat pure Gold
gifted by my parents along with a car and property - the result of my parents diligent hard work ,teamwork,dream come true............#ParentsPrincessForever

(Though I don't mean to say that without gold means non-tharavaadi something , still...not everyone can afford it...and I,myself am against dowry,but it was my parent's reward for being a good girl, obedient daughter, studied well, found a job, no affairs, no hi-fi demands, marrying as per their choice....I must say now I see it/dowry as a backup for a tsunami day in my life (God forbid !)..Also,I am not comfortable to mention all these (parent's gift) or trying to show off per se but some people were curious it seems..So,for them ,here it is what it is...)

No words can ever express, no gifts will ever suffice the worth of both of your contributions to my life . Whatever I am and I've ,no doubt, it's because of both of you. If it wasn't for your upbringing,I would have easily given up on others and life per se....I understand you will try your best but you may not be always there for me and it's ok because I gotta learn to take care of myself and be responsible for my life on my own...

Happy anniversary paa and maa...God bless you with good health, peace, and happiness always..Dear spies and informers do pass this message to them as well...marakalley...

If my father knew the song and lyrics well ,he would have dedicated this song to my mother,

"Ae meri zoharaa zabi , Tujhe maalum nahi

Tu abhi tak hai hasi , Aur mai javaan

Tujhpe qurban meri jaan meri jaan................................💕💞

Sincerely,

Dil se,

Chatambi kalyani / ladaku bitiya rani,M....


P.S. Thanks to all my supportive Bihari bhaiyas out there and tarot friends ...thanks for your precious time ...Jai Ram ji ki !!🙏😊...Koi na..

"Jako Rakhe Saiyan, Maar Sake Na Koi,baal na baka kar sake jo jag bairi hove"🙇

(meaning ,If almighty protects you there is absolutely no one who can harm you. Even if the whole world is against you, no one can even dare to touch a single hair of yours)

Take care and best wishes to friends and enemies as well :D....✋🙏

29 June 2021

Lemon rice and more

Lemon-Rice-Recipe

They say,"If life gives you lemon,make lemonade." but what I do,when life gives me lemon,I squeeze the heaven out of it and make a simple,homely, yet divinely lemon rice.😉😍

lemon-benefits
CREDIT:betterhealthpublishing.com

Lemons are also considered quite auspicious and holy and so offered as a lemon garland to Hindu Gods.

What is Lemon Rice?

Lemon rice is rice made with the main ingredient lemon juice and some seasonings. Rice is basically a staple and comfort food for Indians (except the super fitness freaks). So, especially in the Southern part of India, rice is a part and parcel of the daily meals. Rice and curry rules and rocks almost every Indian foodie's palate. There are many varieties of rice in India, starting from Nawabi/royal Biryanis to Indo-Chinese fried rice to varieties of easy to make yet healthy and yummy, rice-like Curd rice, Tamarind rice, Tomato rice, and Lemon rice, and many more adding up by the innovative home-based and professional chefs...

Lemon rice is quite popular in the South Indian state of Karnataka.It is famously known as "Chitranna".(What a pretty name ! ) .Lemon rice is also offered to God as a prasadam/offering .

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HISTORY OF LEMON RICE

As exactly mentioned in Wiki, " Chitranna rice dish finds mention in medieval Indian cookbooks Manasollasa (1130 AD) and Pakadarpana (1200 AD) as "Chitrapaka".[1] "

Memories -Train and Lemon rice - My best travel companions

Yaatriyaan kripiyaan dhyaan de...........................


Like every child, I used to look forward to my school summer vacation except for those holiday homework for every subject we got, it felt,as if teachers were jealous of granting us these long holidays. Nevertheless, we all used to look forward
to the summer holidays. Every summer vacation we used to go to Kerala,my native place in India. Even before my
school would close, there would be a fun-filled/chilled atmosphere around.

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We would go for this biig shopping haul,buying gifts for my relatives and also new dresses for us .Achcha/Papa would book train tickets and that would make me thrilled .I would be discussing this with my Malayalee classmates/juniors/seniors to figure out who all are going to
Kerala on the same day as me. And on the last day of school before summer vacation, we all would be like,"Bye for now and see you
in TRAIN"....Yayyy...💃🚂

Bokaro-Steel-City
Tissue pls....dil hoom hoom karein

We were very lucky that we had a direct train from Bokaro (the place I was brought up in North India ) to Alleppey (My native place
also known as the Venice of the East, in South India). But it took THREE days to reach by train. And I LOVED IT !! 😁

I LOVE traveling in Indian trains and that too in the ordinary compartments, a seat by the window side and my loved ones beside..is equal to pure joy , simple pleasures of life. 

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Unlike flights (though thankful to God for all the opportunities to fly) , where I feel stuck in a 
row of passengers,served some fixed bland foods, glued on a seat, tired of watching varieties of clouds , teenie-weenie houses at the bottom, and
 feeling up above the world so high,like a superhuman in the sky,train traveling in ordinary compartments is a journey with hidden surprises,
a peek to an unknown world, and a story ready to unfold..

Potato-stir-fry

As the train goes through the Indian countryside, one can witness a glimpse of rural India ... 
a bunch of small houses to beautiful colorful houses, small temples,churches, and mosques far and wide..surrounded by long paddy fields and lush green trees..
from ladies feeding their kids or sweeping the floor at their tiny home, to kids waving at the train with a twinkle in their innocent eyes,
 men carrying the kid on the shoulder, farmers plowing the field with their cow/bull in the early hours, people waiting for the train to pass on the railway crossing ,women vendors selling flowers like Jasmine ,kanakambaram etc or fruits perfect for 
a scorching summer ,men vendors carrying huge filter/can/tin/kettle of hot tea yelling,"Chai,chai garam " ready to jump into the moving
 train with a flair ,like a local James Bond/heroic style...

Well, if one knows how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, then a train journey like this is for sure...

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The fun ends for the moment when the train has to stop for the other train to make a pass ,waiting for long can make people
restless,helpless, and moody...but the moment the other train zooms through,one can get a quick peek into the people on board 
on the other train..some peeping into our train,some sitting at the steps of the exit door of their compartment ...Kids waving gleefully...



It is a sigh of great relief and happiness when our train jerks up ,makes it move with its jhatkas and matkas to chalthi ka 
naam gaadi ...heheheee

Other fun begins the moment the train speeds down haule haule ,stops at a station,one can witness group of people
getting ready /hurrying to board the train ,vendors at every nook and corner trying to get your attention,station master
 waving the red/green flag..and some people from my train all set and excited to reach/get down to their final destination....

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I used to look forward to big stops like these as my father would buy us anything we would ask skipping the usual unhygienic lecture ......And every food bought used to be simply finger-licking...Then papa or bhaiya/bro would
rush to fill our big water cooler and in some places, the water would be salty and people complaining and still drinking with a heavy heart
and then one realizes the true importance of fresh cool non-salty water which we sometimes knowingly or unknowingly
used to waste at home and no wonder why amma used to scold us for the same...

During such long stops, we were allowed to get out of the compartment, get some fresh air, and say hi to our family friends 
in the other compartment ...Then one could hear a loud horn as if the train is yelling/warning, "Get into the train RIGHT NOW or I am leaving !"

SIMPLE-LEMON-RICE

And inside the train was another type of story,kahani boggi-boggie ki,compartment-compartment ki,seat-seat ki,logo-logo ki ...
People rushing into the train to find their seat,a spot to fit in their luggage either underneath the seat or if they don't have much luggage 
and have got the middle or upper berth of the train,they would put their carry bag or small luggage to capture their spot ...There used to be a sense of 
silence as soon as a TTE (Train Ticket Examiner) would make the round like a Principal of the school, travelers alert with tickets in their hands...





And then one gets a peek into a stranger's life , exchanging stories,foods,making new connections or by being a silent observer and lasting memories..
Vendors passing or stopping by selling hot cuppa tea and snacks or cool drinks,fresh fruit of the season or varieties of mouth-watering snacks hard to resist and buy...
Others selling books,magazines, beggars sweeping the floor,singing, etc for pennies,notes or at least any leftover food in return....One can also see lots of 
MLAs (Mouth Looking Agents) ,that's a lingo used by my mothers and friends at school for vaayinokkis / Oglers 😄...staring at beautiful girls,for some,it would be a beginning of a fresh love story ,
 exchanging phone numbers etc...

Kerala-Moru-Curry

Some newly wedded couples glued to each other and romancing kinda decently as there are kids and elders around, aunties gossiping 
about their daughter-in-law, praising their own kids, uncles discussing the political parties and the bad side of the Indian Govt. as if,if they were appointed instead would have made a remarkable 
mark in the history of India...to kids playing antakshari or dumb charads,some reading novels ,men playing cards, women sleeping for long ....(I must say I loved watching my mom taking 
long day naps as well during the journey, it was good to see her taking the well-deserved rest,which she would avoid at home and papa/achcha making sure no one disturbs her beauty sleep ...haan yehi pyaar hai :) )



The only thing I really felt uncomfortable with was using the toilet, which I always prayed should be clean, otherwise a big-time mood spoiler.

On the third day,when we (train and us) would touch Kerala, those tall coconut trees dancing with the air, lush green paddy fields, the aroma 
from a Malayalee's kitchen,vadas, and parampuris on different stations would make us sooo excited, desperately waiting for our final destination /station and my grandpa or other relatives waiting for us to pick up 
from the station or sometimes we would request them ,that we will hire a taxi and come by ourselves ...The route to my ancestral home itself used to be quite nostalgic
and no words can explain to see our grandparents and all my aunts, uncles, cousins waiting for our arrival at home...YES,we are finally home !

Naaranga-choru

For me, these 3 days of travel would be a one of a kind journey to cherish forever - profound, colorful, comfortable yet uncomfortable,
sweaty,smelly yet blending ,noisy and nosy ,enlightening yet humble ,sharing ,caring, and adjusting, a wonderful mini time travel, moving forward 
to a temporary destination.

Whenever we go to India,if we have enough holidays, I insist my hubby, to travel in a train than a flight when required and possible, and that too
in an ordinary compartment, though he prefers the AC one which is quite convenient, safe, and comfortable but the fun killer for me...
and if I get a chance to travel by train I am the happiest:))))


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When it came to food ...


My mother used to prepare food for the first day of traveling. Lemon rice was the main thing on the menu.
Because of the lemon and seasoning, this rice had a good shelf life for a day for sure without getting spoiled.Paaavam amma,she used to wake
up early and make lemon rice for all of us ,some side dishes like chamanthi podi,mezhukupurrati/vegetable stir fries,
pickles ,fried fish or egg roast, and moru curry, a yogurt-based curry . This used to be our typical homemade menu while traveling.

Naadan-potota-recipe

Achcha/Papa used to put them into clean plastic covers and seal them using a candle (our DIY ziplock bags 😆 ) .And the main
food was neatly wrapped in fresh Banana leaves from our quarter's backyard where my parents used to have a good
size vegetable garden with Moringa trees,Cassava/Yucca trees,curry leaf plants,Guava tree, and many varities of plants...

Foods served or wrapped in Banana leaves have their own health benefits. The best part is that any food that is wrapped in Banana leaves
keeps the food not only fresh but also tastier. The aroma itself is simply homely yet heavenly, especially for Malayalees or South Indians.

Indian-potato-recipe


While I would be busy hiding all my books into the cup-boards like  "Yeah, that's where you belong-get lost !" and day-dreaming about my Kerala holidays 
and excited to wear the new dress amma bought for me,my parents were busy preparing meals, packing suitcases, filling water into the huge water-cooler we took for the three days journey and my brother probably still 
watching cricket on the TV as he or papa were supposed to unplug all the electronic items at home (to save electricity ).


The day would be hurry-burry for all ...friends visiting to bid goodbye...reaching the station on time ...happy to 
board the train on time and then starts the amazing funfilled memorable train journey....

Neembu-chaawal

And when it's lunchtime,amma would gently pick up all food parcels neatly arranged in a carry bag and unwrap it..
the aroma swaying from the food that kinda got mish-mashed in the Banana leaves itself will fill half the hungry belly..
and the taste ...Oh My God....is simply indescribable ....

Though my amma's lemon rice is a very simple recipe .I have added kaju-kishmish/cashew nut - Raisins ...
Raisin adjusts/complements the tanginess of lemon.

Lime-rice-recipe

The good thing about lemon rice is that one can eat it by itself,it really doesn't demand any curry or other dish by side...
But I made a mini feast with potato stir fry , homemade pickle, egg roast, and moru curry,a yogurt-based curry Kerala style on the side...
They all together, complement each other making it an ideal lunch!

SO,let me share with you how we make homemade lemon rice :

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Lemon rice 

Ingredients


FOR MAKING RICE :

Sona Masoori rice - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
Salt to taste
Ghee - 1 Tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 - 2 Tsps

FOR MAKING SEASONINGS:

Lemon Juice - 2-3 Tbsps
Green chilies - 1-4 Nos.
Peanuts - Handfuls
Cashew nuts & Raisins - Handful
Urad Dal/Black Lentil - 1-3 Tsps
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/8th Tsp
Oil - 1-4 Tbsps
Curry leaves, a few
Broken red chilies - 2 Nos.

Preparation Method to make lemon rice 
  1. Clean the rice under water twice to remove the starch and any dirt and drain the water away.
  2. Transfer it into a wide or long pan, add 4 cups of water, and the cleaned rice.
  3. Add salt to taste, turmeric powder, and ghee, and give a stir.
  4. Let it come to a full boiling point, then reduce the flame, cover with a lid and let it cook until the rice turns soft to break into two.Make sure no water is left or drain the rice in a colander.
  5. Then put off the flame and very gently give it a stir.
  6. The rice is ready.
  7. Heat a pan on medium flame, add oil, splutter mustard seeds.
  8. Reduce the flame, add the broken red chilies, whole or cut green chilies, fenugreek seeds, urad dal, peanuts, and cashew nuts, keep on sauteing until the peanuts are cooked on medium flame,do not burn it.
  9. Add raisins, curry leaves, and lemon juice to it and let it simmer for a minute on low flame.
  10. Put off the flame.
  11. Transfer the seasoning into the prepared rice and give a gentle mix.
  12. Add salt if needed.
  13. That's it lemon rice is ready.
Notes:
  • Basmati rice can also be used but if not careful it may break. Don't overcook the rice.
  • Add more or less lemon juice according to the sourness desired.
  • Instead of adding the turmeric while cooking the rice (which evenly gives the rice that yellowish tint),
          it can be added later into the seasoning and mixed with the plain rice.
  • Mix the rice and seasoning very gently without breaking the rice.
  • For the seasoning, very simple lemon rice can be made with just oil/ghee, mustard, and red chilies as well.

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This is my simple yet filling lemon rice . Here, in the US Hindu temples, lemon rice is usually offered as prasadams to God which tastes so refreshing/blessing in every way.I am not a huge fan of lemon rice but every bit of it reignites lots of memory of bygone days
..and the present..

Lemon rice is also very healthy because of the health benefits of lemon juice and seasoning. Perfect food for lunch box,during sick days or 
lazy days or for long travel by train..

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Talking about the lemon reminds me of that song ,ek gana ho jaye,

निम्बुड़ा, निम्बुड़ा, निम्बुड़ा अरे काचा काचा, छोटा छोटा, निम्बुड़ा लाई दो
इत्ता सा है, पर है तो रसीला, निम्बुड़ा चखा रा था बड़ा है छबीला, निम्बूड़ा इसकी खुशबू से भी ललचा जाता है ये मन, रखदे जुबां पर दो बस, अई अई अई अई,........निम्बुड़ा लाई दो............(हम दिल दे चुके सनम movie)

And make lemon rice /Neembu chaawal/Naranga Choru😉😋😊

On that tasty note , phir milengey chalthey chalthey ,

Always take care , stay safe and healthy,

For now,Adios Amigos....

Love and light ,stay away from Corona Bite 😉😁