Sunday, 22 January 2012

Lemon rice

Lemon Rice

Why have plain boiled basmati rice when you can have lemon rice instead?
Lemon rice is a delicious south Indian dish. The lemon zest gives a very refreshing and tangy flavour while the mustard seeds and cardamom pods add fragrance to the rice.

Serves: 2
200g basmati rice
400ml water
1tsp mustard seeds
4 cardamom pods, crushed
Zest of 1 lemon, juice of half
Groundnut oil
1tsp table salt

Heat a little oil in a pan, add the lemon zest, mustard seeds, cardamom pods and cook for a minute or until fragrant.

Stir in the rice, pour over the water and add the salt. Bring to the boil, stir well, turn down the heat and cover tightly. I usually use tin foil, a lid and if it still doesn’t seem secure enough I put weights on top too!

Cook on a low heat for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

Serve with a wedge of lemon each.

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