Healthy Lemon Rice

Healthy Lemon Rice

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This dish is ideal for the summer. Keep in mind the fact that the lemon juice has to be added judiciously to suit your palate so that you do not end up with a "khatta" or bland rice.

I enjoy this dish with rasam or just a bowl of salad. The lemon in the rice aids in the absorption of iron in your body due to its high vitamin C content.

I have replaced rice with brown rice to make it more healthy and low in calorie. If you have eaten a heavy breakfast, then this is a perfect dish for a light lunch.

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Healthy Lemon Rice recipe - How to make Healthy Lemon Rice

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings (1serving )
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  1. To make healthy lemon rice, heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the red chilies, mustard seeds, urad dal, ginger, chana dal and curry leaves.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the turmeric powder, rice, lemon juice and salt and toss well.
  3. Serve the healthy lemon rice hot, garnished with chopped coriander.

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To cook the brown rice

  1. Take a deep bowl and soak 3/4 cup raw brown rice in enough water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the rice well with the help of a strainer. Discard the water.
  3. Transfer the rice into a pressure cooker.
  4. Add about 1½ cups of water to cook the rice.  Close the lid and pressure cook for 7 whistles.
  5. Let the steam escape naturally before opening the lid. Open the lid and use a fork to separate each grain of rice lightly. Keep aside.

How to proceed for the Healthy Lemon Rice:

  1. To make Healthy Lemon Rice, take a non-stick pan and put the oil into it. Add the mustard seeds into it. Also, add the urad dal. Both these ingredients are the key ingredients for the tempering of most South Indian recipes.
  2. Immediately add the red chillies. Make sure the flame is not too high or else the chillies will burn. You can also add slit green chillies instead of red chillies for the spice.
  3. Now, add the ginger. We add them for the desired pungency and flavour. Add the chana dal for the desired crunchiness. You can also add some peanuts or the cashew nuts at this stage but the nutritive values will change.
  4. Add the curry leaves and let them crackle.
  5. Add the turmeric powder for the colour.
  6. Now, add the cooked brown rice. Make sure the rice is not lumpy or sticky or else the tempering will not incorporate well into the rice.
  7. Add the lemon juice. We add the lemon juice in the end because it tends to become bitter when subjected to heat for a long time. Also, you can increase or decrease the quantity of lemon juice( by about 1/4 teaspoon) as per your liking.
  8. Finally, add the salt to taste.
  9. Toss the Healthy Lemon Rice well with the help of a flat spoon.
  10. Garnish Healthy Lemon Rice with chopped coriander.
  11. Serve the Healthy Lemon Rice hot.

Hariyali Dal ( Cooking with 1 Teaspoon Oil) 
Rasam, South India Rasam, Home Made Rasam 
Tamatar ki Kadhi 

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy380 cal
Protein7.4 g
Carbohydrates69.8 g
Fiber3.9 g
Fat7.6 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium6.3 mg

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