Most often when I order Vegetables online, the lemons that are supplied are small and quite pathetic. I was happy when the veggies delivered yesterday included 3 large lemons. I could squeeze more than enough lemon juice to make this sharp and tangy lemon rice today, garnished with fried peanuts and fresh cilantro. I usually fry papads to accompany lemon rice, but today we just had the lemon rice with freshly made potato chips from the handy Hot Chips near my apartment.
When we were young, long train journeys were the order of the day, as we vacationed in Tamil Nadu, far away from our home at Kharagpur. One of the invariable dishes that my Mom made and packed for these journeys, was lemon rice which she packed in banana leaves into individual parcels. A bag full of broken papad pieces added to the enjoyment of lunch or dinner!
Later on when I learnt to make a tasty lemon rice, I followed the tradition of packing the rice for train journeys or when travelling a long distance by road. Potatoes diced small and fried to perfection, were the best accompaniment. The rice also came in useful on days when the weather was hot and humid and I didn’t want to spend much time in the kitchen. A quick and easy lemon rice went well for lunch on those days.
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Recently the lemon rice again came to my rescue, when we had to leave home early on days when Pramod had to undergo chemo at the hospital an hours ride from home. It was easy to make and stayed fresh the whole day, and it was one of the few foods he was able to eat with some relish during those difficult times.
Lemon Rice is almost a fast food now, and yet retains health benefits and can perk up the appetite with its tangy fresh flavours.
This dish packs a lot of flavour by itself, so you don’t need to use basmati. I use a locally available brand of Premium raw rice which is not long grained, and it looks and tastes perfect.