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.
200g basmati rice
1tsp mustard seeds
4 cardamom pods, crushed
Zest of 1 lemon, juice of half
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.